A Strategy for Previewing Text

The THIEVES strategy (Manz, 2002) will help students survey a content textbook to activate their prior knowledge.  The strategy prescribes a certain previewing technique that follows the acronym.  If students learn this technique, they will be able to use it before they read a chapter and also as they review for a test.

An Explanation of THIEVES

Kinesthetic THIEVES



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