Sunday, September 30, 2012

An Example SDAIE Strategy: KWL Chart

Pictured above is example of a type of SDAIE strategy, known as a KWL (know, want, learned) chart. A KWL chart apparently is also known as an anticipatory chart. Both names help explain the purpose of this type of chart; the student completes a KWL chart before they begin reading a section of text in order to organize their thoughts prior to doing the reading. In this way, the name "anticipatory chart" is apt. The chart consists of three parts. First, students write about what they already believe they know about the text. Next, they write about what they want to learn form the text. Finally, student complete the last section of the chart after they read the section of text assigned and then write about what they learned from the text section. The name KWL chart is also apt, the student use the chart to write about they know (K) what they want (W) to learn, and finally what they learned (L). Altogether, this is a useful SDAIE strategy that encourages metacognition on the reading already done and what lies ahead.

I was asked to use a KWL chart in my Education 564 class at CSUSM. I found they useful way to organize my thoughts. I did not realize this is an example SDAIE strategy; however, I found under a list of SDAIE strategies at, a website put together by high school educators.
Above is a nice summary of different categories of SDAIE strategies also found on the same website.

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