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Mind mirror

How to use a mind mirror

The mind mirror activity asks students to synthesise and be creative with their understandings of a given character.

In an outline of a character's head, students depict how this character was feeling and thinking at a specific time and what questions the character was considering. To illustrate all these ideas students use (two) relevant quotes from the text and create (two) symbols and (two) drawings that are important in explaining the character's perspective.

This activity provides a good opportunity to clarify the difference between a drawing and a symbol.

Source: Quality Teaching for English Learners (West Ed website)

The benefits of a mind mirror

  • Helps students to draw generalisations from text detail.
  • Helps students to clarify the difference between a symbol and a drawing.
  • Helps students to synthesise their understandings in a visual form with close reference to the text.
  • Encourages creativity.
  • Helps students to self assess using a rubric.

Published on: 28 May 2009