Anticipation Guides

Suggested Grades



Students will be introduced to the major ideas of a story or source of information, and how they feel and/or what they know about them. This is a strategy that promotes interest, sets a framework for reading, and encourages higher level thinking towards print and nonprint media.


  • Before presenting the text or presentation to students, identify the major ideas of it.
  • Think about your students. What do you think they already know about the major ideas?, How do you think they would feel about them?, etc..
  • Create the actual anticipation guide by writing out 3 to 10 statements that would challenge and make students analyze their stance on an issue.
    eg: for the Cinderella story
    1) You can fall in love after one meeting.
    2) Those who suffer will triumph in the end.
    3) It’s sometimes okay to disobey your parents, even if they are a step parent.
  • Photocopy the statements and ask your students to write down whether they agree or disagree with the statements and why.
  • Then present the text, video, presentation, or etc. to the students. Ask students to focus on the statements provided and your answers to them.
  • Variation: For fictional works, you can present an anticipation guide where students write down how they feel about the statements; then, after they read the story, write down how a specific character feels about the same statements.