Predict Strategy

What is it?

A prediction is an educated guess about something that will come later in the text. The Predict Strategy is a simple but powerful way to help you connect what you know with what you are reading. Just as a detective looks for clues to solve a mystery, you can find clues in a text about upcoming events and themes.

Why should I do it?

Making predictions while you read will help you find meaning in a text. When you make a prediction, you engage with the author's clues about what is important in the story, poem, speech or other nonfiction text. Plus, it can be fun to find out whether things turn out as you expected.

How do I do it?

As you read, stop every once in a while and think about what the author has written. Check the text and images for clues about what might be important. If you're reading a story, try predicting what you think will happen next. If you're reading a poem, speech, or essay, try predicting the themes and main ideas the author will emphasize.

Self Check

Good predictions:


In Call of the Wild, a dog named Buck was kidnapped. He was big and strong, and he had been well-treated by his wealthy owners.

My Prediction: Buck will try to escape and get back to his owners.

Prediction Tip: Beware the wild guess!

The more you know about something, the better you are at predicting. For example, in order to make a good prediction about whether your favorite team will make it to the playoffs, you need to know a lot about the team, its rivals, and the sport itself. Similarly, if you want to make a prediction about a piece of writing, first make sure you have a thorough understanding of what you've read so far. Remember you can learn more by checking the Resources, clicking on vocabulary words, and searching online for more information. Then make an informed guess, not a wild guess, about what will come next.