KWL Chart: Know, Want to Know, Learned
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This chart is used over the course of a learning exercise, individually or as a group. For example, the students are preparing to learn about the United States Constitution. Before beginning the unit of study, students write what they already know (or think they know) about the U.S. Constitution. Next, they write what they want to know about the document. After the unit is completed, students write what they have learned.
The investigatory and educative implications of this graphic organizer are immense. Students take control of the learning experience. Equally important, students appreciate the importance of learning to their acquisition of knowledge.