; Anticipation/Reaction Guides activate students’ prior knowledge.
; Teachers are able to focus on inaccuracies and misconceptions prior to reading. ; Anticipation/Reaction Guides set a purpose for reading: to accept, reject, or
modify attitudes and schema (prior knowledge) during reading.
; Anticipation/Reaction Guides encourage students to interact with the author while
thinking about issues and ideas.
; Teachers may use an Anticipation/Reaction Guide to assess class knowledge before
they begin a thematic unit or lesson.
; To develop student analytic reading skills.
; Select a passage, short story, nonfiction book, social studies or science chapter,
etc. Identify the main ideas in the text and form 3-5 general statements that will
either challenge or support the reader’s belief and/or attitudes. Be selective in
your statements: common knowledge statements will not challenge the reader.
Controversial statements stimulate the students to read to confirm and support
their beliefs! Use the attached template to create your Anticipation/Reaction
; Ask students to read and react to each statement. (Many teachers prefer to limit
the choices to agree or disagree, but you may want to add strongly agree and
strongly disagree). Discuss their reactions and ask for explanations for their
; Students read the text and look for information that will confirm, contradict or
change their opinions. (Intermediate, middle school and high school students should
take notes in a log to support the post-reading discussion.)
; Options: Many practicing teachers and textbook publishers have written
Anticipation/Reaction Guides for core literature selections for different grade
levels and have posted them on the Internet. Use Anticipation Guide as your
keyword in your search engine. Specify author or title to narrow your search.
Directions: Read each statement below and make a check mark to indicate your response. Do you agree or disagree? Read the assigned text and then respond again. Have you changed your beliefs? Confirmed or changed your opinions? Be ready to discuss your thoughts.
Agree? Disagree Statement
Directions: Read each statement below and write true or false. Read the assigned text and then respond in the author’s column. Have you changed your beliefs? Confirmed or changed your opinions? Be ready to discuss your thoughts.
Directions: Read each statement below and decide if you agree or disagree. Respond before and after you read. Have you changed your beliefs? Confirmed or changed your opinions? Be ready to discuss your thoughts.
Before the After the
Note to teacher: Add your own graphics/clip art here before you reproduce for your students. You can also go to Amazon.com and copy the cover of the book that you will be reading (right click to copy).