Anticipation guides are a great way to activate prior knowledge and get students thinking before they engage with a piece of text (print or visual). If you use the History Channel series America, the Story of Us, this is a great resource for you. Note that it's also available as part of a bundled resource (see below) for additional savings. The file is in both pdf and MS Word so you can use 'as is' or edit as needed.
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