Create an anticipation guide to elicit prior knowledge, identify misconceptions, and prepare students for a lesson.

  • Anticipation guides provide students with succinct points about the material that they are about to cover that are either true or false.

  • These guides are particularly effective for text-based lessons, such as if you having students read out of a textbook or some other document

  • To create an anticipation guide:

    • Pick 4 to 8 salient concepts from the text or upcoming lesson.

    • Formulate statements about each of these concepts, some true and some false.

    • List these statements on the left side of table with multiple columns (look up anticipations guides to find a format that best suits your needs).

      • Each statement will have it’s own row.

    • Before students read the text or hear the lesson, have them decide whether they think each statement is true or false.

      • You may want to have students write down their pre-lesson answers.

    • After they finish the lesson, have students reassess which statements in the anticipation guide are true and false, noting evidence from the text.

      • Students will write down their answers, and evidence in the appropriate columns.

  • Consult this guide from the University of North Texas for best practicies on Anticipation guides:

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