LINK (List, Inquire, Note, and Know)
- Effective with upper elementary through high school students
- Develop/activate prior knowledge
- Reinforce questioning skills
- Writing skills
- Summarize information
- Select a key word that is critical to the comprehension of the text the students will be reading.
- Write the key word on the board, draw a box around it, and have the students say/sign and fingerspell it.
- Allow about three minutes for the students to List what they know about the word or associations they have for the key word.
- Students read one idea or association
they have written and record it on the
- After everyone has contributed one item, let each one add more ideas and associations.
- Teacher writes them on the board.
- This step is a "brainstorming" step so there should be no comments or responses to the students' contributions at this time.
- Students Inquire about the items that are now on the board.
- Students interact with each other to share and extend their understandings of the key word or concept
- They can as for clarification, elaboration, examples, or definitions or they may challenge some of the items.
- These comments and questions are addressed to the students who offered the items and not to the teacher.
- They may use information from their prior knowledge and from their class discussion.
- Students share their "notes" with other class members.
- The class can write a summary together.
- Each student can write a summary.