Anticipation/Reaction Guide

Active Learning Tool


An Anticipation Guide is a strategy that is used before reading to activate students' prior knowledge and build curiosity about a new topic. Before reading a selection, students respond to several statements that challenge or support their preconceived ideas about key concepts in the text.

  • To establish purpose for reading, listening, or viewing
  • To access prior knowledge.
  • To help students refrain their thinking as necessary


  • Prepare a series of statements related to the reading or other input source .
  • Have students before reading, indicate weather they think the statement is true or false.
  • have students read the selection or watch the video or demonstration.
  • Have students, after reading answer the same questions again.
  • Have students discuss where they found the information that change their thinking.
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