KWL


Recently, an instructional technique known as K-W-L, created by Ogle (1986) was introduced into classrooms. Teachers activate students' prior knowledge by asking them what they already Know; then students (collaborating as a classroom unit or within small groups) set goals specifying what they Want to learn; and after reading students discuss what they have Learned. Students apply higher-order thinking strategies which help them construct meaning from what they read and help them monitor their progress toward their goals. A worksheet is given to every student that includes columns for each of these activities.

K

What I KNOW

W

What I WANT to Know

L

What I LEARNED

     
K
W
L

__ 1.

__ 2.

__ 3.

__ 4.

__ 5.

__ 1.

__ 2.

__ 3.

__ 4.

__ 5.

 

After reading the text and "learning" the material, go back to the "K" column and see if any of your prior knowledge was innaccurate. Check any of them that are inaccurate, according to the text. Rewrite any of your statements that were inaccurate so they are correct.

Then go to the "W" column and check any of your questions that the text did not answer. Be prepared to bring these unanswered questions up in class, or tell how you will find answers to them and where you will look to get the answers.

 

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