Over Diagram (.pdf)
"It is impossible for a man to
learn what he thinks he already knows."
The Fold Over Diagram is an excellent activity that prompts students
to test their own prior knowledge. Students are asked to come up with
a working definition of an important term or concept, then compare it
to the textbook definition, and finally draw conclusions about the differences
that may be present in the two definitions.
IMPLEMENTING THIS ACTIVITY
- Create a cohesive list of terms and/or concepts. Insert these
onto the template under the term section.
- Compile the textbook definitions for each term/concept and
insert these onto the template under the textbook definition
- Make photocopies of the partially completed template for
all your students.
- Distribute the graphic organizer to the students.
- Explain the directions and expectations to the students.
Be clear that the textbook definitions are to be covered by the
comment section of the template while they are generating working
- After students have fully completed the template, base a
class discussion of students’ comments about the similarities/differences
between both definitions.
ASSESSING THIS ACTIVITY
As with most prior knowledge activities, student responses are not
assessed for a grade. However, you can assess the class’ level
of prior knowledge and adjust your instruction accordingly. During the
discussion, you have the opportunity to assess students’ participation.
MANAGING THIS ACTIVITY
Allow students enough time to brainstorm and generate good working
definitions as well as produce meaningful observations about the definitions
similarities and differences.
CONTENT AREA APPLICATIONS
English – Use this graphic
organizer alongside to assess student knowledge of terms relating to poetry
and poetic devices before beginning a poetry unit.
History – Use this graphic organizer to
assess student knowledge of the role specific people played in the Civil
Science – Use this graphic
organizer to assess student knowledge of the types of rocks before beginning
a unit on rocks and minerals.