Q: What are anchor charts and when should they be used?
A: During a reading minilesson, teachers create an anchor chart with children -- a visual representation that states the principle of the lesson and serves as a reference tool for children as they apply the principle in their own independent reading. They provide a way for teachers to capture the children's thinking during the lesson and reflect on the learning at the end.
Teachers can provide verbal and visual support for all learners with anchor charts that are:
Simple, clear, and organized
Visually appealing and useful
Example charts are available in The Reading Minilessons Books to use as a model, or vary as you see fit.
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