Good teachers are always searching for ways to enhance learning in their classrooms. Researchers and practitioners alike continue to develop and refine strategies which improve comprehension and increase retention while nourishing students' ability to learn independently. The K-W-L strategy (What-we know; what we want to know; what we learned), first described by Ogle (1986), is such a strategy. Though there is research to support the effectiveness of the KW-L, any strategy may need to be modified and refined to improve its effectiveness in promoting learning. We five teachers collaborated to study how the implementation of the KW-L can be varied in different classroom settings in order to ensure that it has the desired effect on the reading comprehension and learning of elementary and middle school students.
Shelly, A. C., Bridwell, B., Hyder, L., Ledford, N., & Patterson, P. (1997). Revisiting the K-W-L: What we Knew; What we Wanted to Know; What we Learned. Reading Horizons, 37 (3). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol37/iss3/5