Visual Texts & Comprehension


#4OCF is taking a Summer Vacation for two weeks! But don’t worry, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite posts during this time. Trevor is up  this week with some of his favorites posts of all time:


In this two-minute video, Trevor Bryan, author of The Art of Comprehension, demonstrates how an illustration from Peter H. Reynolds’ book, The Dot can help students to practice finding and using text evidence to make inferences, think about themes and big ideas, make strong-link connections and think about symbolism.

One of the advantages to using visual texts to help students engage with visual texts is that they allow all learners, strivers and non-readers included, to join the classroom conversation and become a more active member of the learning community.

The Access Lenses that are shown in the video are free at


Trevor’s book, in which he discusses using visual texts to foster comprehension and writing skills is available for order here.


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