Text Impressions

Text Impressions, originally called Story Impressions (McGinley and Denner 1987), can be used with both narrative and informational texts.  The teacher chooses key words or phrases (10 - 15, depending on grade level) about a topic or concept students are about to study.  Students use the words or phrases in a paragraph that will reflect their understanding of the topic.  The teacher can use the Text Impressions piece as a formative assessment.

Text Impressions Sample


Websites on Text Impressions:

Story Impressions:  Before Reading Strategy


Reading Rockets:  Building World Knowledge

Text Impression


Learning Point Associates:  Story Impressions

Activating Prior Knowledge
Vocabulary Development
Comprehension Strategies
Summarization Techniques
Writing Across the Curriculum
Getting to Know Students
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