When I introduce the reading strategy of visualization/creating mental images I use a lot of poetry! Poetry makes great mentor texts because they are short and engage the reader quickly.
My class loved the poem Colors by Shel Silverstein. While I read the poem the students illustrated their mental images.
After drawing we conducted a "museum walk". We sat in a circle with our card in front of us. One by one we went around and explained how we interpreted the poem.
It is always interesting to see the unique interpretations.
I especially liked this student's question about whether this poem was describing a person or not.
Most students used their background knowledge of human characteristics to infer the poem was describing a person...obviously an imaginary one! This card spurred a great discussion as did the last line of the poem!
How do you use Poetry in your classroom?
Happy National Poetry Month!