One of the MOST FAVORITE poems to use is the following:
My Neighbor's Dog is Purple
My neighbor's dog is purple,
its eyes are large and green,
its tail is almost endless,
the longest I have seen.
My neighbor's dog is quiet,
it does not bark one bit,
but when my neighbor's dog is near,
I feel afraid of it.
Stop the panel and have them draw. Then read the last stanza after X amount of minutes. Then allow the panel to "adjust" their thinking. Did it change as the reading went on. If so how. I usually have a cute font at the top saying VISUALIZING" and under this a movie type clip art. We call this strategy MOVIES IN OUR MIND. I always use a CONCRETE object to represent a strategy. This may even be your intro-movie bags of popcorn-small and to the point. Anyhoo.....create a box for DRAWING. At the bottom of the paper create some lines for writing. I even write the prompts?
-Did your mental image change as you read (the point) characters grow and change and so will our mental images. Explain your reason.
-Did you miss clues the author gave you? Explain
This last part could be a follow up for the next day-the panel could just turn and talk about how they changed. This way they see you are introducing, discussing, and following through on the lesson.
I LOVE this poem.
My neighbor's dog looks nasty,
it has a wicked smile....
before my neighbor painted it,
it was a crocodile.
Hugs and good luck. You may google mental images because this is the same but these terms are used with the same purpose. I would even mention this in my lesson.
DONT FORGET to state WHY it is important for readers to create mental images as they read. Without these they don't remember characters, plot, settings!!! It is so important to stress this in the transition from picture books to chapter books.
It is late and we have a 8:00 all-star game in the am which means we leave by 6:45-if there are typos-sorry....This is my ROUGH draft