Effective readers often "see" a story in their mind. As they read its words, the story becomes a kind of movie in their minds. They "watch" as the characters move about and listen to the way they speak to each other, almost as if they were another character in the story.
You can practice being that kind of reader with this activity. The story you will read is Poe's "The Black Cat." It's a tale of horror and violence told from the perspective of the man who lived it.
As you read, you will have a chance to select a picture that most closely represents what you are thinking about at that point in the story. The images you will see are small. If you would like to see the whole picture, you can click on it. If you change your mind about a picture, you can use the reset button to clear the picture and select another.
As you work, you can also listen to a narrator read the text. Press the play button on the narrator bar to hear the story read to you. You can also pause or stop the narration if you would like.
Once you've finished, you can print out the pictures you have selected and rewrite the story in your own words.