Teaching Reading Strategies: RESPOND and CONNECT to works of Art

Sessions 4 & 5: Grades K-5

Do your students struggle to identify the main idea and key details in a text? Do they struggle to compare and contrast, determine the author’s purpose, or make inferences based on the text? If so, then Visual Thinking can teach your students the skills they need to successfully applying these strategies to text. Visual Thinking is an evidence-basted strategy that helps all students, regardless of their reading ability, to develop a set of thinking skills and strategies that can then be applied to other subjects. A variety of Visual Thinking Reading Strategies will be demonstrated, followed by discussions of how each strategy can be adapted between K-2 and 3-5. Participants will engage as students in the demonstrations, and will leave the class with a multitude of ideas of how they can utilize Visual Thinking as part of their Reading lessons.


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Melissa Deletant is a BTSALP Visual Arts teacher in Uintah School District, teaching at Naples Elementary and Lapoint Elementary each week. She has a B.S. in Art Education and a M.Ed. in Integrated Curriculum and Instructional Leadership, with over 15 years experience teaching Visual Arts. Her classroom curriculum revolves around teaching students critical and creative thinking skills through the medium of Art. Melissa lives in Vernal with her husband, two boys, and a rescue greyhound. She enjoys knitting, mountain biking, and watching BBC programs.