Thinking Process

Support for reading

Step-by-Step Strategy:

  1. Before students begin an appropriate reading assignment, show them the What If? Chart.
  2. Have them skim the chapter or selection that they are going to read, looking at headings, pictures, call-outs, etc. Have them write at least one “What If?” question based on the skimming.
  3. Ask for volunteers to identify questions as you enter them in the boxes on the graphic organizer. After you enter a question on the chart, encourage students to suggest possible effects. Enter those effects in the Possible Effects boxes.
  4. Tell students to read the selection they have just skimmed and note whether their “What If?” questions accurately predicted the content.
  5. Conduct a class discussion of the accuracy of their original questions and suggested effects.