Alphaboxes - students are given a page of empty boxes with letters of the alphabet in them, they attempt to come as many pieces of information that begin with various letters as possible.
Anticipation Guide - students are given 3-8 statements about the text they will read and are asked to mark what they believe is correct. Students then read the text and fill out the second part of the guide, either proving or disproving their original thoughts.
Carousel Brainstorming - different pieces of paper are distributed to various areas of the room with various sub-topics that all relate to the main topic. Students then travel in groups to each sub-topic and write what they believe might fit there.
Fast Write - Students write everything that comes to their mind when they hear the topic that is to be studied. Usually, there is a time limit to this activity of 3-5 minutes.
KWL - students are given (or asked to create) a chart with a Know, Want to Know, and What I Learned Column. Students will be told the topic they will be studying and they attempt to fill in the first two columns, at the end of the unit they fill in the third column.
LAUNCH - students preview a text by Looking, Asking, Uncovering, Checking, and where they found Help in understanding the material.
Preview, Analyze, and Connect - students are placed into pairs or groups and asked to preview specific items in the text and then make connections once they have previewed the information.
Textbook Scavenger Hunt - perfect opening of class, students go on a hunt to find various aspects or answers in their textbook.
Links, Examples, & Handouts
Alphaboxes Example with Reading Strategies
Information Page with Anticipation Guide Examples*
Blank Anticipation Guide (Agree/Disagree with Evidence)
Blank Anticipation Guide (True/False with Evidence)
Blank Anticipation Guide (True/False Only - No Evidence)
Preview, Analyze, and Connect
Textbook Scavenger Hunt
*Information in the following documents is from Missouri Reading Initiative (Revised 2012)