SOS: Yes, No, Maybe So

Welcome to Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

Yes, No, Maybe So
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In order to be able to build a foundation to cite evidence for what students are reading and seeing, students first need to ask, “Are the pictures they are seeing matching the words they are reading or listening to?”  Through a series of reading, listening, and viewing activities students will tell how the pictures and the words on a page go together.  With prompting and support, they’ll describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).


  • Explain to students that they will be evaluating whether an image matches its’ reading passage.
  • Without displaying the image or text, have students close their eyes and visualize as you read aloud the first page of the eBook, “What is in the Sky?” (CDN Subscribers)
  • Ask students to turn to a neighbor and share what image they feel belongs on the page.
  • Display the image from page 1 of the book and have students give you a signal to see whether or not their mental image matched the actual image.
    • Yes= thumbs up
    • No= thumbs down
    • Maybe So= thumbs to the side
  • Again, have students close their eyes and visualize as you read the next 2 pages of the eBook.
  • Have students describe to their neighbor the mental images that the passage evoked.
  • Now, display the following 3 images to students and have them signal (described above) if these images match the massage.  Be sure to call upon a few students to state evidence as to why they feel that picture matches or doesn’t match the passage.
  • Allow students to read the eBook and highlight the words that provide evidence to support the author’s choice of imagery.

Repeat the process above with a different reading passage and have students create their own illustrations to support the text.

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

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