Teaching Tip Tuesday: PREVIEW as pre-reading

When reading non-fiction, it is extremely important to encourage students to preview the text. If students preview a text before reading, they are more likely to make connections to and remember what they read. The following acronym from Dr. Janet Allen encourages students to use the text features to discover facts, make predictions, and generate questions before reading.  Students should make some predictions about the book based on what they see or read for each text feature that they analyze.

P: Predict: Look at the cover.

R: Review the Table of Contents

E: Examine the visuals & their captions

V: Vocabulary

I: Index

E: Establish a Plan: Now that you have previewed this book, what plan do you have for noting and remembering the information?

W: What is Your Response? Draw an image or write a response after previewing the book. You will revisit your illustration and/or response after you read this book to add your new thoughts after reading.

Click on the link below to see an example of Janet Allen’s PREVIEW guide for taking students through the steps in this pre-reading activity:

Now That I Know Previewing


3 thoughts on “Teaching Tip Tuesday: PREVIEW as pre-reading

    • This strategy works well with non-fiction text with features such as headings, subheadings, graphs/charts, maps, pictures with captions, bold terms, bulleted lists…. I use it for articles and textbook chapters, and I have adapted the items I ask kids to preview. Depending on the length and content of an excerpt, I’m not sure it would work so well.

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