Anticipation Guides

Middle Elementary and above

  • Assess/develop/activate prior knowledge
  • Identify connections between and among key concepts
  • Set purpose for reading
  • Link new information to prior knowledge
  • Questioning

Determine the major concepts in the selection and write those concepts in short, clear, declarative sentences with a line in front of each statement. For example, take true statements from a selection on bats, write some false statements, and arrange them in the following format:

Anticipation Guides Graphic

Strategy steps:

  1. Before reading the selection, students read the statements, decide if they are true or false, and write a T or an F on the line.
  2. Discuss the responses before the students read the selection, asking them to explain why they responded as they did.
  3. After reading the selection, have the students revisit their responses and compare their thoughts before and after reading.