What do you know?
What do you want to know?
What did you learn?
What do you still know?
Connie Weaver in Reading Process and Practice (Heinemann, 1994) states
One of the most useful strategies I've seen for guiding research-type reading is the simple strategy of making lists of "What I/we know" and "What I/we want to know" about a topic (Y.M. Goodman and Burke, 1980). This has developed into what is now termed the KWL strategy; make lists of what you Know, what you Want to know, and then what you Learned. Some teachers encourage students to make subsequent lists of "What I/we still want to know" to guide further reading and research (157).
We used this strategy in class to access your prior knowledge, share ideas with classmates and help you set some initial goals for your own reading and investigation of literacy as a concept and the accompanying instructional strategies. Keep in touch with your own learning during the semester!