When introducing a new textbook chapter, THIEVES is a strategy to make the process easier! This is fantastic for science textbooks and can be used for grades 3-12. Teach your students how to preview the chapter and to improve their comprehension. Printable resources are down below!
- What is the title?
- What do I already know about this topic?
- What are two questions I have about this topic?
- What does this heading tell me I will be reading about?
- What is the topic of the paragraph beneath it?
- How can I turn this heading into a question that is likely to be answered in the text?
- Is there an opening paragraph, perhaps italicized?
- Does the first paragraph introduce the chapter?
- What does the introduction tell me I will be reading about?
- Every first sentence in a paragraph
- What do I think this chapter is going to be about, based on the first sentence in each paragraph?
- Visuals and vocabulary
- Does the chapter include photographs, drawings, maps, charts, or graphs?
- What can I learn from the visuals in a chapter?
- How do captions help me better understand the meaning?
- Is there a list of key vocabulary terms and definitions?
- Are there important words in boldface type throughout the chapter and do I know what the boldfaced words mean?
- Can I tell the meaning of the boldfaced words from the sentences in which they are embedded?
- End of chapter questions
- What do the questions ask?
- What information do I learn from the questions?
- What do I understand and recall about the topics covered in the summary?
Elements of THIEVES:
- Download and keep the KEY ELEMENTS & GUIDING QUESTIONS
- Download and print KINESTHETIC ACTIVITIES to learn THIEVES
- Download and print a STUDENT WORKSHEET
- thieves_strategy a LESSON PLAN & STUDENT HANDOUTS
Read Write Think provides a comprehensive outline with additional resources, standards, student examples, and an instructional plan.