Anticipation Guide

The Anticipation Guide is a pre-reading strategy that assesses what students know before beginning the lesson or reading.  Students must use any prior-knowledge or background information they have to answer a set of around 3-5 brief questions about a specific topic or concept.  This is commonly done in agree/disagree, yes/no, or true/false structure, but the questions may also take opinion-based form if needed.  This strategy is meant to be brief, but it will get students to make predictions about concepts or ideas that will surface in the reading or lesson.  The Anticipation Guide is important because it challenges students to think about important concepts before actually learning about them.  Students may know more than they think they know, or they may become more curious about the topic before starting the lesson.  After using the Anticipation Guide, students will be focused on the main ideas in the lesson, and as they are learning, they may go back and think about how they answered the Anticipation Guide questions.

In the math classroom, the Anticipation Guide can be applied before teaching the topic of similar and congruent figures.  The procedure and worksheet for this strategy can be found here:

Anticipation Guide Strategy Plan

Anticipation Guide

For more, see  Subjects Matter: Every Teacher’s Guide to Content-Area Reading by Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman.

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