“What are anchor charts?” you may be wondering.
Anchor charts are visuals that a teacher creates (or co-creates with his/her students) and posts to a wall after providing instruction on a specific process (ex: close reading, writing an effective body paragraph, etc.). This visual delineates the process step-by-step, often with accompanying images. Later, as students work independently, they can self-monitor to ensure that they are completing each step in the process. Anchor charts serve as wonderful scaffolds and reminders for all students, and increase students’ confidence levels in feeling that they can achieve a task. Anchor charts can be used at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Other resources for anchor charts include:
- Buzzfeed’s article, “21 Cool Anchor Charts to Teaching Close-Reading Skills,” which is an amazing compilation of the best anchor charts for close reading (for an example, see image on the left)
- We Are Teachers’ article, “25 Awesome Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing“
-Maria Vlahiotis, Literacy Specialist, ACOE Core Learning