I love using this K-W-L chart with my middle school and high school students because it is concrete and organized and at the same time gets them right into active reader mode.
The first thing I ask all my students to do when reading a passage or newspaper article is to warm-up their brain by thinking about what they already know. This is a great way to turn on their brain so they don’t fall into the trap of reading multiple paragraphs or even pages without realizing what they are reading. Using the K column in the KWL chart makes this a concrete step that students can refer back to.
Second, the W column keeps the student actively reading by having them write down questions as they pop-up in their reading. For our struggling readers this is also a good way to break up the reading and get their ideas and questions out.
Last, the L column gives students a place to summarize and review what they have learned from their reading.
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