Using Anticipation Guides

Anticipation guides are useful for activating students' prior knowledge about science concepts and focusing students' attention on key content in a text.

Select an appropriate grade level text, and pick 4 to 8 salient concepts in it. Formulate statements about each of these concepts, some true and some false, and list the statements down the left side of a table. Before students read the text, have them decide whether they think each statement is true or false. Then after students read the text, have them reassess which statements in the anticipation guide are true and false, noting evidence from the text.

Video: Professor Jonathan Osborne of Stanford University on anticipation guides.

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Development of Reading to Learn in Science was led by Jonathan Osborne (Stanford University) through a SERP collaboration. Support for Reading to Learn in Science was provided by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education through grant number R305F100026. The information provided does not represent views of the funders.

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