The Vanilla Vocabulary® series—a companion to the V/V® program—develops vocabulary through imagery. Each word is defined and then used in sentences for the student to visualize and verbalize. Space is provided for students to write their own sentences. Vanilla Vocabulary is a must-have resource for students with low vocabulary and English Language Learners!
Visualizing and Verbalizing
The Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) program develops concept imagery—the ability to create an imaged gestalt from language—as a basis for comprehension and higher order thinking. The development of concept imagery improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing. V/V instruction is highly effective as an intervention to develop comprehension skills for students of all ages. V/V® instruction teaches students how to comprehend by creating mental imagery for language. Improved comprehension helps students connect to core content standards, grades K through 12. Teach beyond strategies. Teach to the foundation of language comprehension: concept imagery.
V/V relies on teacher directed questions to assist students in forming images. Twelve structure words (e.g., what, size, color, shape, etc.), are used to provide a framework from which to create images and also elicit language to discuss what was imaged. Initially, the teacher shows the student a simple line drawing and elicits a description of the drawing in the context of the twelve structure words. The teacher confirms what the student says at each point and models the imaging process by replaying the complete image the student’s words evoke in the mind. Then the teacher takes a turn using language to verbally describe a simple drawing to the student as the student creates the gestalt image in his or her mind. The level of difficulty increases as one moves through the program, from pictures to words, sentences to paragraphs.
See Time Fly
The V/V® See Time Fly® books are a timeline of the history of Western Civilization. The purpose is twofold: (1) to develop concept imagery for language comprehension and critical thinking, and (2) to teach an imaged timeline of history.
Each Flight, or section, provides high-imagery paragraphs and beautiful artwork to help students visualize important events, periods, or people who changed history. The paragraphs are written to support the Visualizing and Verbalizing® program.