Understanding non-fiction can be challenging for students of all ages and abilities. Investing time to use the PAWS strategies before we jump into reading the text is actually a more effective use of reading and learning time.
PAWS is an acronym for the following pre-reading strategies:
- P – Preview
- A – Activate prior knowledge
- W – Write down wonders
- S – Set a speed
Watch the slide show created and shared by Barbara Yardley, a middle school reading and writing teacher, for explanation of each of the PAWS strategies.