Making Sense Before Reading: Previewing
Previewing Before Reading: Focus on Preview 1
Sample Anchor Chart for Previewing Informational Text
Sample 2-Step Anchor Charts for Previewing Informational Text
Sample Anchor Chart for Previewing Literary Text in a Kindergarten or First Grade Classroom
Every day, with every new text they encounter, students orient themselves to texts before trying to read them. They enter into every text with a good idea about what the story is about and what is going to happen, And they learn how to do something they can do with just abut any text any time they read.
Previewing Assessment Guide
Essential Reading Behaviors for Previewing
Assessing for Independence: Preview 1
Assessing for Independence: Preview 2
Sample Teacher-Made Observation Tool
Previewing before Reading in Kindergarten
These kindergarten students are working to take over the processes of Previewing in order to make sense of stories before reading them. Learning to independently preview texts will allow them to construct a tentative narrative about a text before reading it, so that meaning-making guides problem solving during the first read.
Similar to what we do to make meaning before reading informational texts, Preview 1 with narrative fiction involves a quick look through the pictures of the whole story (usually accomplished without talking). Then, in Preview 2, we guide readers to tell the story by feeding them bits of narrative language, such as, “One day…” “and then,” and “what happens next?” The emphasis in Preview 2 is to encourage students to use the pictures to narrate, or tell the story, connecting events from one picture to the next.
This is by no means a “perfect” demonstration of Preview 1 and 2 in kindergarten–which is one of the reasons we love this video! The teacher has to work hard to focus their attention on the story. But little by little, and day by day, these readers learn how to independently preview texts because their teachers expects them to do so before they read a new book.
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