Looking for a new way to introduce a concept, unit, or theme? Provide students with a list of terms, vocabulary words, or concepts found in an upcoming reading. For example, if the students were preparing to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the teacher might share the following terms: depression, segregation, jury, trial, South, Alabama, lawyer, racial segregation, kids, jail, poverty, housekeeper, summer, court, rabid dog, drunk.
Then, the teacher would ask students to anticipate and discuss in pairs or whole group what they think their reading will be about, how the words might be used in the novel, or what questions they have. As the reading ensues, the class can revisit the list to check predictions.
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