The Art of Comprehension

Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension, Conversation, and Confidence

In The Art of Comprehension, Trevor A. Bryan introduces his signature method for enhancing students’ understanding and thinking about all texts—both written and visual. By using what he calls “access lenses” (such as faces, body language, sound/silence) you can prompt all your students to become active explorers and meaning-makers. Organically and spontaneously, your classroom will become more student-centered. Cover and illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds.

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In The Art of Comprehension, Trevor A. Bryan, with illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds, introduces his signature method for enhancing students’ understanding and thinking about all texts—both written and visual. By using what he calls “access lenses” (such as faces, body language, sound/silence) you can prompt all your students to become active explorers and meaning-makers. Organically and spontaneously, your classroom will become more student-centered. 

  • Discover inventive ways to prompt students to notice, think about, and synthesize visuals—using the same observation and comprehension skills they can bring to reading and writing.

  • Learn about ways to unravel layers of meaning in picture books, chapter books, artwork, poetry, and informational text.

  • Explore the book’s eclectic collection of art and illustration, by acclaimed illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, 19th-century masters, and more.

Bryan’s approach allows all students to engage meaningfully with texts and join the classroom conversation. With this comes the greatest reward of all: confidence and independence for all kinds of learners.

Bryan has been an art educator in New Jersey for twenty years. He is passionate about exploring all forms of art, including reading and writing. Whether working through fine, performing, or English language arts, his focus is on helping all students to comprehend their own lives and develop their unique voices so that they can flourish doing work that truly matters to them.

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Trevor Bryan's The Art of Comprehension

About the Author(s)

Trevor Bryan has two core beliefs about the arts. The first is that the arts foster joy and connection, especially when times or topics are tough. And the second is that the arts help us to make meaning of our human experience. These beliefs, along with numerous, meaningful arts experiences as a student, established Bryan’s North Star as he entered into teaching 20 years ago: to show how the arts could positively and meaningfully impact every students’ academic career. For the first 10 years of his teaching career, Bryan struggled to transform his beliefs into meaningful educational practices and to clearly demonstrate the relationship between the arts and academics. Then, he had a breakthrough. Bryan started to explore the relationship between viewing artwork and reading comprehension skills. This is when his beliefs and practice finally began to converge.

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Grade Range: K-8
Media: 168 pp/paperMedia: The Art of Comprehension 10 Book Study Bundle
Year: 2019
Item No: 1168Item No: 1443-7
ISBN: 978-1-62531-168-9ISBN: 978-1-62531-443-7
Hashtag: #artofcomp

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