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Anticipation Guide: Week in Review


                  Friday Dialogue from                                Your Two Favorite Educators 

As Emily and Aubrey look back over the week they use their razor sharp wit to assess their innermost feelings about anticipation guides.  And bangs.  And Toad the Wet Sprocket.  Don’t worry it works.   

1.  Identify and describe in great detail your earliest memory of anticipation guides and their role in your formative education.  How did they improve your desire to religiously learn all things literary? 

Aubrey: I remember one specifically from 9th grade English in preparation for reading Romeo and Juliet.  Personally, this was a bad time for me.  I was wearing navy blue Guess jeans with a green silk shirt and spending an inordinate amount of time curling my bangs.  I also spent a lot of time singing the lyrics to “Walk on the Ocean” by Toad the Wet Sprocket.  Things did not look good for Romeo and Juliet and my literary education from the start.  You can see how the anticipation guide was inconsequential. I couldn’t tell you a single question that was on it but I can vividly see myself circling the yes or no questions while humming the refrain to that song.

Emily:  I don’t know what is more depressing:  navy blue Guess jeans (presumably with a triangle tag on the pocket), silk shirt, Toad the Wet Sprocket, or the curled bangs.  I’m lying.  I know what is the most depressing: the curled bangs.  Seriously?  I would pay your parents money to find a picture of you as a freshman with curled bangs.  Can we get bangs on your avatar?

Aubrey: You joke but my bangs were a work of art.  An Aqua Net work of art.

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Anticipation Guide: Day Two

One of the most common ways of using an anticipation guide in an English classroom is to provide a series of belief statements that are aligned with the material and, most commonly, students are asked to respond to them by agreeing or disagreeing with the statements in some fashion (either by short answer, ranking, yes/no, moving to a location in the classroom, etc.).  Below is an example of the traditional anticipation guide I have used with To Kill a MockingbirdRead more