HOW TO USE THIS STRATEGY:
2. Complete the K column. This is where the students use their background knowledge or past experiences related to the topic and write down a bulleted list. This occurs at the beginning of a thematic unit. If information that students suggest is incorrect, then those statements can be transformed into questions and added to the W column.
3. Complete the W column. This is where the teacher/students write questions before exploring the unit. They can continue to add questions during the unit.
4. Complete the L column. At the end of the unit, the students will reflect on everything that they have learned in this section.
Upper Level Students can create their own K-W-L charts on a foldable that they take notes on throughout the thematic unit, and also answer their own questions. By doing this individually instead of with the entire class, students can be ultimately responsible for their own learning.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Reading: Informational Text-
- Students recall information from print and digital sources.
- Students identify main ideas and related details.
- Students determine relationships among main ideas.
- Students use K-W-L charts to gather and organize ideas as they investigate nonfiction topics.