Area: Reading Comprehension
Strategy: RIDER
Appropriate Grade Level: K-8
This reading comprehension strategy uses visual imagery. Students use visual
imagery when learning new material by transforming what is to be learned into
meaningful visual, auditory, or kinesthetic images of the information.
• Read the sentence
• Make an image or picture in your mind
• Describe how the new image is different from the last sentence
• Evaluate as you make the image
• Check to make sure it contains everything necessary Repeat
• Repeat as you read the next sentence, repeat the steps to RIDE
Comments and/or tips:
Choose texts with lots of descriptors to practice this strategy. After modeling and
guided practice, students may move on to more abstract descriptions.
Clark, F.L., Warner, M.M., Alley, G.R., Deshler, D.D., Schumaker, J.B., Vetter, A.F., &
Nolan, S.M. (1981). Visual imagery and self-questioning: Strategies to improve
comprehension of written material (Research report #51. In Ellis, E.S., & Lenz, B.K.
(1987). A component analysis of effective learning strategies for LD students.
Learning Disabilities Focus, 2, 94-107.
Area: Reading Comprehension
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