Sort and Predict

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Students will categorize key vocabulary and/or ideas from a text. This strategy encourages students to apply what they already know to the categorization techniques that they use as well make predictions about what the text may be about. As well, students may be introduced to vocabulary that might give them some difficulties before they dive into the text.


This strategy can be done individually, in small groups, or as a class.

  • Choose at least 15 key vocabulary and/or ideas from the text you would like to cover.
  • Ask students to categorize these words into three to five groups and write down an appropriate title for each group.
  • As a class, discuss the categories that everyone came up with. Looking at the categories, predict what may the text, that the vocabulary and/or key ideas came from, be about?
  • Present the text to the students.