Teaching Strategies

Anticipatory Reading Guides

How to Use Anticipatory Reading Guides

Write about six statements to catch the reader's interest that focus on the main messages of the reading text. Using the reading levels of the three level reading guide works well.
The students work independently agreeing or disagreeing with the statements in the guide and then share their choices with a partner.
The students read the text independently or the teacher reads the text to the students.
After reading, the students revisit the guide with their findings and write in the evidence from the text.The teacher and students discuss their choices.

The Benefits of Anticipatory Reading Guides

An Example of an Anticipatory Reading Guide

Before Reading

Think about the title and sub-title of the article and look at visuals (if available). Read the following statements and decide whether you agree with them or not/or whether you think the writer will agree with them. Tick 'agree' or 'disagree' in the opinion columns. Share your opinions with a partner and give reasons for your choices.

After Reading

Decide whether the text supports your opinions. Tick 'agree or 'disagree' in the finding columns. Provide evidence from the text but put it in your own words.

Based on a Listener article:
Done too much, much too young
Today's school curriculum is fuller than ever, but the school day isn't any longer. Should we be teaching less, better?

Evidence: Explain in your own words
1. Ruth Sutton, the English expert quoted, doesn’t know the New Zealand education system well.          
2. School curricula are too full.          
3. Ruth Sutton thinks the opportunities for ‘deep learning’ are too few in New Zealand classrooms.          
4.Education systems around the world have different problems.          
5. School assessments don’t always measure student learning.          
6. Rote learning has no place in New Zealand classrooms.

7. The New Zealand Curriculum/Te Marautanga o Aotearoa project will be able to fix up the curricula.          

Adapted from Aida Walqui’s work.

An example of an anticipatory reading guide on the topic of gravity