Anticipation Guides



An Anticipation Guide is a set of statements used before, during, and after reading to get students engaged in the learning process. Students are given a set of statements and prior to reading they decide if each statement is true or false. As students read, they try to prove they are correct, or learn that they are incorrect in their guesses.

When to use

this strategy:

To bring out background knowledge

Works best with nonfiction material

When you want to increase the conversation level about a topic

To engage students in the learning process

Can be used with lectures, videos, and readings



Use an Anticipation Guide to decide when to use what type of punctuation.

Use an Anticipation Guide to learn about fractions.

Use an Anticipation Guide to study solids, liquids, and gases.


What does

it look like?

Anticipation Guides consists of a series of statements with a place for students to mark whether they agree or disagree with the statement before and after reading.

How to use

this strategy:

Begin by asking students to read through the Anticipation guide marking whether or not they agree with the statement prior to reading. Discuss studentsí decisions. Next, ask students to read the material, and as they read, try to correct or prove that their opinions were correct. Use the guide as a tool for discussion and clarification.