What is a KWL Chart?
  • It is a pre-assessment
  • It is a lesson guide
  • It is a post assessment
  • It is a student driven activity
  • It can be a group activity
  • It can be an individual activity
  • It stands for Know, Want to know, and Learned
  1. Know
    1. It stands for what the student(s) already know about the given to
    2. It allows students to list off as much information as they can about the topic
    3. This is the part of the chart that shows pre-assessment
  2. Want to know
    1. This is the part that drives the lesson
    2. This is where students show what they want to learn about the topic
    3. The teacher can guide learning ideas by saying anything like, "Do you know who/when/why/what/how this works? Do we want to find out? What specifically do we want to find out about this?"
  3. Learned
    1. This is where the students can list all the facts that they learned about the topic
      1. It can be listed in paragraph/sentence form or just a list of ideas

  1. This is the part of the chart that shows post assessment

  • This chart can be filled in with words, pictures, a combination of both or any other way that ideas can be displayed and interpreted by another person.
  • Students can use this chart to create a final project, such as an essay or drawing
  • This displays information in a chronological order, in relation to how and what the students learned
  • This chart can be altered to fit an age, topic, subject, cognitive level anything

An example KWL Chart:

See Comprehension for more KWL resources