Scrambled Sentences

Priming Strategy

Scrambled Sentences

Scrambled Sentences is a priming strategy to familiarize students with vocabulary within a context from a text. Choose sentences from the text that you'd like to highlight. Cut the words apart or push the scrambled words out with Explain Everything for the iPad. Students work with a partner to unscramble the words into a logical sentence from the text. Partnerships may have different sentences. Students may then visit sentences from other partnerships and then they can make predictions about what the text is about.

Scrambled Paragraphs / Strip Story

This priming activity helps students develop familiarity with a topic and structural features of text. They must reason logically about the order of ideas in a text. Prior to reading a passage, students receive sentence strips that make up a passage. Groups arrange the sentences in the way they think makes the most sense. Groups review each other’s arrangements and then revise their own. Students read the original text, revise their arrangement and discuss the information. Students reflect on what they learned about the topic. With younger students use 3-4 sentences.