What is a Directed Reading/Thinking Activity?
A Directed Reading/Thinking Activity is useful if you have some background
knowledge about a topic. It does not work for topics that are brand new to
How will a Directed Reading/Thinking Activity help me read better?
The DR/TA encourages active reading by:
- Activating prior knowledge
- Helping you to focus on the topic
- Checking accuracy of predictions
How could I use a Directed Reading/Thinking Activity in a class?
Using the chart below, fill in the first three sections before you read.
Then complete the last section after you have finished reading. A sample
referring to the web site about MARSUPIALS
is done for you.
| Topic: (This is an example) Marsupials
What I know: They are furry. They have babies in
pouches. They come from Africa. They live in trees. They are brown
| What I think I know: koalas and kangaroos are marsupials.
They are very mean and bite people. They hop. They have about 20 babies.
| What I think Iíll learn: their names, what they like
to eat, how come we donít have any here
| What I know I learned: MARSUPIALS
From the reading I learned they came from north America and moved to
South America and Australia. Their babies are blind and live in their
momís pouch for a long time. Koalas and wombats are two marsupials.
There are lots of different kangaroos and wallabies. Koalas eat only
Here is a blank form you can now use.
What I know:
| What I think I know:
| What I think Iíll learn:
| What I know I learned: