Anticipation Guide

This Strategy will help students to:

  • Have a purpose for reading 
  • Develop curiosity and interest in a topic 
  • Encourage them predictions and verify their predictions 
  • Anticipate what they are about to read 


  1. Before class, write four to six statements about the concepts/key ideas students will read in the text on the anticipation guide (see template). Make some of these statements true and others false.  
  1. Provide students with the text and the anticipation guide. Model how to fill out the guide.  
  1. Read each statement out to the students and ask them to write down if they agree or disagree with it. Allow students to discuss their decisions with a partner, as a group or as a whole class. This step is important as it will provide students an opportunity to share what they already know and make predictions about the text.  
  1. Read the text aloud as a class. Read it slowly and deliberately stop where the text corresponds with each statement. The more your practice this strategy the more confident students will become with it. Eventually you can ask students to read texts in groups or individually.
  1. Once you have finished the text, ask students to work in pairs to review the statements and make necessary changes.  
  2. As a whole class, revisit each statement and discuss what the students have learnt.  Address any misconceptions or ambiguities.  
  3. Students then rewrite the false statements and write down the true statements in their book. 

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