Anticipation Guides

What is an anticipation guide?

An anticipation guide is a set of generalizations related to the theme of the selection. Students decide whether they agree or disagree with each statement in the guide. The statements elicit a discussion that encourages students to anticipate what they will read, to find out how these statements play themselves out in a text, and to return to the statements after reading, ready to have discussions. (Beers,2003, p.74-79).

What are the benefits of using an anticipation guide?

These guides activate student’s prior knowledge, encourage them to make personal connections to what they will be reading, make predictions, and give them a chance to become an active participant with the text before they begin reading. Then, they allow students to look for cause and effect relationships as they read. In addition, dependent readers will read better if they anticipate what it is they are going to read. Finally, they allow students to generalize, to discuss those generalizations, and to explore their own responses to a text.


Science Water Cycle Anticipation Guide Video created by Brad Aurand
The video reflects exemplar use of an anticipation guide in a science classroom.

This website provides templates and examples of LA, Science, and SS.


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This article describes benefits and specific considerations for supporting reading in mathematics and discuss the use of anticipation guides as tools to actively and critically engage students in reading, mathematical reasoning, and comprehension of mathematics text. Figure 1 is an example of an Algebra anticipation guide. Figure 2 is the text that students read after the anticipation guide.

This math anticipation guide will get students to make predictions about similar and congruent figures. The Anticipation Guide is important because it challenges students to think about similar and congruent figures before actually learning about them. Students may know more than they think they know, or they may become more curious about the topic before starting the lesson. After using the Anticipation Guide, students will be focused on the main ideas in this geometry lesson, and as they are learning, they may go back and think about how they answered the Anticipation Guide questions.

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This LA anticipation guide has15 statements dealing with the ideas of beauty, self-hate, and family. Before the students read the excerpt of The Bluest Eye, they agree or disagree with each statement by writing YES or NO next to each statement. The students jot down comments in their journal to defend their stance. After the students read the excerpt, they mark a YES or NO again and see if their stance has changed. They should provide more details to defend their position or change their written response if their opinion has changed.



The three anticipation guides are tiered. All students are learning about the Westward Expansion.
The directions for all of the anticipation guides are the same. However, some have more or less support. Activity B is for on grade level students. It has some pictures to represent words, multiple choices to prompt answering the questions, and a “Did you know?” fact. Activity A is for below grade level or EL learners and supports these students by offering visuals for more words than on Activity B and has a glossary instead of a factual note. The above grade level, Activity C, allows for free response to the questions and has students list 5 things they already know about the West in the 1850’s instead of the “Did you know?” and the glossary.


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SIOP Resource Packet
Ths packet contains a variety of anticipation guide examples on pages 42-51.