Reading Apprenticeship at Green River College

Definition and Use


Schema refers to the structure of prior knowledge and experiences that are used to interpret and process new information on a topic.

Websites about Schema

Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Texts

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RAT Tracks Tip Sheet - Schema

Ready-to-Use Templates - Schema

These ready-to-use templates were created by RAT Pack Leader and ABE/GED instructor, Michele Lesmeister.

A few words about these templates for faculty use:

  • Anticipation Guide Template:  The template allows faculty to provide anticipatory statements for the students to read and then agree or disagree with.  Once the students have responded to the statements you have typed into the template, facilitate a discussion about the students' responses to the statements.  Support an open atmosphere and encourage clarification of points.  Have the students then complete their reading.  The return to the Anticipation Guide for a concluding discussion about how the article contributed to their schema and prior understanding.
  • Schema Chart:  This tool can help faculty who are discipline experts track the schema of their students and the demands of the reading.  This chart helps the faculty articulate and scaffold skills needed for building schema among their students.