What Do You Know?


Tip Details

What Do You Know?: Pre-reading, to draw upon prior knowledge, determine the main concepts or ideas that will be discovered when reading the text (e.g. lies/deception in Little Red Riding Hood; cycles in photosynthesis; freedom with responsibility in the US Constitution etc). Choose a graphic organizer and invite the students to brainstorm what they know as a whole class about the concept(s) recording their information on the graphic organizer chart. Students can also copy down the chart on individual charts before reading.

All Ages

All Grades


Suggested Materials:

Graphic Organizer Pocket Chart 

Big Graphic Organizer Flip Chart

Desktop Sorting Circles



Scott Shoemate
Scott Shoemate



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