This activity encourages students to connect new information with prior experience, make connections, and predict what will happen next: all important skills to teach directly to students.
Reading Strategy 1: Access background knowledge.
Reading Strategy 2: Predict what will be learned or what will happen.
Reading Strategy 6: Connect what you read with what you already know.
Reading Strategy 8: Extract information from text, charts, graphs, maps and illustrations.
(2) Provide a K-W-L chart for each student. Before reading, have students write down what they’ve brainstormed about the topic.
(3) Encourage students to record questions/wonderings and any answers they find on the K-W-L chart as the text is read.
(4) Encourage students to record what they learned or what they still need to learn in the final column of the K-W-L chart.
(5) Follow up with a discussion about what they learned, what their misconceptions might have been, what they still wonder about, and what the author did not mention in the text.
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