Read a short text excerpt related to a specific topic or upcoming lesson
Make a prediction about the topic
Encourage students to read a snippet of the daily news or a story they’re enjoying to a member of their household and ask them to predict what it’s about.
Have students take the activity one step further and ask them to draw an image or emoji of how reading the snippet made them feel, or write 1-2 words that describe their emotions.
Select a short piece of text that will spark curiosity and a sense of anticipation, considering each student’s language levels.
Provide students with the snippet, graphic organizer, and directions prior to meeting. Review the expectations of the activity via an email, text message, or phone call.
Establish a time and place to meet as a group.
Display the snippet online and provide students with time to jot notes in the graphic organizer about their predictions of the upcoming lesson.
Students share predictions with the group, referring to the text to support their thoughts.
Present the text in its entirety and have students review and evaluate predictions made from the snippet.
Decide how students will share their completed organizer: email, online classroom, or with a member of their household.
Suggest that students highlight any cognates to facilitate comprehension, and review definitions of critical vocabulary.
Students can share their predictions with the teacher via email, text, a phone call, or a photo of the document. They may also share their responses with a friend or a member in their household.
- You might record yourself modeling your thought process using an example snippet as you make a prediction.
Evidence of Success
- Students refer back to the snippet to support their predictions.
- Be sure the snippet of text is comprehensible when read independently or provide differentiated text to students according to their language proficiency.
Create or find an audio recording of the snippet for students to listen to as they read.
Prepare sentence frames students can use to make their prediction either orally or in written form.
- Prepare sentence frames that will assist students in joining two sentences to explain their prediction even more clearly.
- Challenge students to write a paragraph explaining their prediction.