1st Edition

Art of Comprehension Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension, Conversation, and Confidence

By Trevor A. Bryan Copyright 2019

    In The Art of Comprehension: Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension, Conversation, and Confidence, 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 became 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.


    Chapter 1: Looking at the Familiar

    Chapter 2: The Access Lenses

    Chapter 3: The Framework

    Chapter 4: The Mood Structures

    Chapter 5: Reading Written Texts Through AoC

    Chapter 6: Writing Through AoC

    Final Thoughts


    Trevor A. Bryan has been an art educator in New Jersey for 20 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. #artofcomp

    "The Art of Comprehension [creates] an invisible thread that stretches across varied professional contexts to connect art, literacy, and all content areas." - From the forward by Dr. Mary Howard