This is yet another pre-assessment technique. The anticipation guide involves giving students a list of statements related to the topic they will be studying, and having them decide whether they agree or disagree. While simple, this pre-assessment technique is good at determining any preconceptions students may have, particularly incorrect ones that may cause them to stumble during the unit itself.
The following list I have compiled is derived from the idea of Foxes and Hedgehogs, a topic central to the study of historiography. (Hedgehogs are core ideals that someone holds as truth. Foxes are those that have no hedgehogs.)
- When groups with conflicting hedgehogs meet, the end result is the destruction of one group by the other.
- All people have hedgehogs.
- The American dream is a hedgehog.
- Foxes are inherently better than hedgehogs.
- It is possible for a fox to become a hedgehog and vice versa.
- One must acknowledge their own hedgehogs in order to be a historian.
These questions are there to set the discussion on personal biases, and a student should approach history in order to find the truth as opposed to their personal deep seated opinions.