Strategic readers think about what’s going to happen and make predictions based on what they know and what they have read. All teachers of reading know this. We teach it, model it, and hopefully our students are doing this as they are reading. It is an important strategy that I spend a lot of time on in class. I feel since I spend so much time on this I need an authentic way to assess the skill.
This assessment while simple provides a way to see what the students are able to do and a grade that can be recorded in the gradebook. It can be used with something the students are reading independently, a shared reading, or a read aloud. It can also be used in the content areas.
Also included is the information I have posted an anchor chart in the classroom for making predictions. I keep the making predictions anchor chart posted in the classroom throughout the year. I want students to learn to make predictions based on the texts they read.
Our ultimate goal of course is for readers to apply this strategy as they read as a natural process. Real readers don’t stop and write down their predictions, but as their teachers we need a way to know if they are able to make predictions as they read.
This assessment is aligned to Common Core. It requires students to analyze text, cite evidence, and use Common Core writing skills to respond.