Previewing and Predicting

One way to enter a text is to preview titles, subtitles, visuals, and other text features and make a prediction about the topic and purpose of the text. The Previewing and Predicting process will lead students through a series of questions that will help them make an accurate prediction. These predictions help students think about what they already know about the topic. The ability to access prior knowledge helps students develop a critical schema (or cognitive map) that they can use to increase their comprehension.

Where is this in the Reading Process: Step 2

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

Origin: Metacognitive strategies, cognitive psychology, and schema theory (Piaget)

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Previewing and Predicting Step-By-Step Process

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

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