Purpose: K-W-L is an instructional strategy that helps guide learners through a reading text. This activity helps to activate prior knowledge, sets a purpose for reading, and helps learners to monitor their reading comprehension.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Materials Needed: copies of the K-W-L chart (attached below)
Purpose: Distinguishing between webpage content and advertisements is an important critical thinking skill, especially since many educational websites contain ads. You can find this skill, described as “Categorize items or ideas and articulate rationale” on page 42 of the Transitions Integration Framework.
Purpose: Restating a question shows that you heard the question correctly and helps you remember the question. Restating is also an effective communication skill that helps listeners and writers offer clarification, as listed in the Transitions Integration Framework on page 8.
Purpose: When students work in small groups, the participation may not be equal. Question Prompts help ensure that everyone participates, makes contributions, and encourages the contributions of others in order to accomplish a shared goal. These important communication skills are in the Transitions Integration Framework, page 9.