Sunday, January 15, 2012

Re-Visiting Anticipation Guides I'm old and when I first started teaching (16 years) ago I used anticipation guides!
Well.. Since I've gone through Oh, SO many theories and practices they became a thing of the past,
it was a good tool that was forgotten.. I just used one again this week and it was wonderful..

An anticipation guide is a comprehension strategy that is used before reading to activate students' prior knowledge and build curiosity about a new topic. Before reading, students listen to or read several statements about key concepts presented in the text; they're often structured as a series of statements with which the students can choose to agree or disagree. 
Anticipation guides stimulate students' interest in a topic and set a purpose for reading. After the students read the text again and get a chance to see if what they knew about the topic was correct therefore build comprehension & strength about the topic. (read think write)
                    Here is What happened in the classroom:
1.Before and after you read you are going to use your knowledge about China to fill out an anticipation guide.
2. Show the students the model Anticipation Guide. (below)
3.  Here is how I differentiated the lesson:
some groups of students made guides with statements and checked their work on their own and  included the page # .
some groups had pre-made anticipation guides, they found answers, and found page #'s on their own.
another group met as a guided group and I helped them through a discussion circle T or F  and then find out if they were correct then we wrote the page #.
4. Groups worked together to fill out guides. (they can also work independently)
REALLY FUN!! I proMise! After the Great Wall different groups did anticipation guides on: geography, dynasties, Shanghai, etc.. but I let the students write them on chart paper (SO CUTE)
I'll have to post them this week... Defiantly watch the video at the end of the post!

GREAT WALL OF CHINA   Here Is A Sample: 
Group Members:_____________________________________ 
Title: _______________Author ________________________
Anticipation Guide
 Before reading, mark whether or not you agree or disagree with each statement. After reading the text, fill in the page number where you found the answer to each statement, tell whether or not you were right, and reflect on what you found.       
A                                                                                                                                    p
    T   F            1.    China is located in Asia.                                               T    F              
    T   F            2.   The Great Wall is near China.  It was built 100 years ago.T    F                 
    T   F            3.   The Great Wall of China was knocked down.                    T   F                   
    T   F            4.   The Great Wall was built to protect the people of China. T   F                

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