What is an anticipation guide?
It’s a series of statements that is relevant to what the student is going to be learning about and the student’s prior knowledge
Although some statements may be clearly true or false, an anticipation guide should include statements that provoke disagreement and challenge students belief
What makes anticipation guides effective in a child’s comprehension to the reading?
The material has to be linked to the reading but it can’t be too distant from the students prior knowledge.
The statements of the anticipation guide should reflect the important ideas in the text
The statements should be more about common knowledge and be less likely to stimulate thinking and discussion. (They should be straight forward and simple)
The statements should be general rather than specific
Statements that challenge a students beliefs will highlight their discrepancies between what they believe and what they learn from the text
What’s so great about an anticipation guide anyways?
Anticipation guides provoke interest and engage all students in exploring new material. It challenges them to think critically about what they know or what they think they know. Therefore, anticipation guides set a purpose to reading even for those students who weren’t interested in it in the first place.