Five Visual Reading Response Methods...And an Awesome Tool to Help You Create Them

Having kids respond to literature as they read is a great way to build comprehension. And it helps them to really grasp what they’re reading. Because I’m a very visual person, I’ve always liked to use visual methods of reading response with kids when we’re reading great literature. And these visual methods of reading response seem to be particularly effective for kids as well.

Wondering what kind of visual response you can use with your kids as they read great books? Here are five of my favorite types of visual reading response methods. And I’m sharing a review of an awesome resource that I recently had the opportunity to try out. It can be used to create some of these visual reading responses.

Visual reading response

Disclosure: I received a free one-year subscription in exchange for review. All opinions are entirely my own.

Storyboard That is a great resource that helps you to create all kinds of charts, graphs, and visuals. I’m sharing more about this resource and how you can use it for reading response below , so keep reading.

Review of Storyboard That


I’ve always been a huge timeline fan because I think they are a great way to get an overview picture of how events fit together in time. They are also great to help kids get a look at when events happen in a story that they are reading. Timelines are especially helpful when a story follows the life of a specific character. They allow you to create a timeline that follows the life of a character.

If you’re reading historical fiction, timelines can help kids to see how the characters and events in a story fit in with actual history. If kids are reading fantasy, they can create a timeline without actual dates that just shows the sequence of events in the life of the main character.

Character Response

A character web places one of the main characters of a story in the center and then has shapes where that character’s traits can be written all around. Character webs can be used to analyze the main traits of any character, to compare the traits of multiple characters, or to show the traits of a character at the beginning of a story with the traits of that character at the end of the story in order to show a change in the character.

Sequence Charts

A sequence chart is a simple, but powerful, way to show the order of events in a story. It consists of shapes where kids can write or draw main events in the story in order. It’s a great way to sum up the major plot points in a story.

Hero’s Journey Charts

Almost every fairy tale or fantasy story follows a pattern called The Hero’s Journey. (This article and infographic has a good explanation of it.) The Hero’s Journey has twelve main steps, and every fantasy story has all twelve of these elements. A good way to comprehend the story is to look at how the elements of the Hero’s Journey are included in it.

Plot Chart

A plot chart is a triangular shape where kids can record the main parts of the action in a story. It has a place to write the setting, characters, and conflict of a story, as well as the inciting event, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. It can be used with any fictional story, no matter the length.

Reading Response with Storyboard That

Of course, you can simply draw out these visual reading responses. Or you can use a simple graphics program to create them. But I recently had the opportunity to review Storyboard That, a very creative way to create visual reading response- among many other things.

Storyboard That is an easy way to do reading response.

Storyboard That is an easy-to-use web browser-based graphic creator that can be used to create storyboards, comics, coloring sheets, charts, graphs, and so much more. Educators, students, and homeschoolers will find many, many uses for this awesome tool.

To try out this unique resource, I created a Hero’s Journey Chart for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to teach my high school girls about the concept of the Hero’s Journey. I began with one of the many, many templates and lesson plans that you can find already prepared. But you can also start from scratch to create exactly what you want.

Review of Storyboard That

It’s simple to use the provided graphics, shapes, and text editors to find exactly what you need to create exactly what you want.

Students can easily use the program for reading response.

Students can use Storyboard That as well. I added both my girls to my account, so I can create assignments for them within Storyboard That and have them use the program for those assignments.

Review of Storyboard That

Although I’ve focused on using Storyboard That for reading response, there are many, many other uses for the program. If there is any type of graphic that you can use for teaching, you can create it with Storyboard That.

Visual reading response

Want to try out the program? Take a look at what Storyboard That has specifically for homeschoolers and give the program a try. You can get a free two-week trial- no credit card required!

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