Probable Passage 1

Reading Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Making predictions
  • Using prior knowledge
  • Analyzing chronological order
The "Probable Passage" Strategy

The teacher chooses a passage, analyzes it, and selects 15 to 25 important words and phrases from the passage that the students will need to understand. The teacher then constructs a "probable passage" that uses the selected words and summarizes/condenses some of the ideas in the actual passage. The teacher makes a fill-in-the-blanks version of the probable passage by deleting the selected words and phrases and replacing them with blanks. After discussing the list of key words with the students, the teacher asks them to insert the key words and phrases into the blanks. The students then compare their filled-in probable passages to the actual passage

  • Present students with a list of key words. [No more than 25] Review the words, and discuss the definitions of any that are unfamiliar (e.g., untoward, fascinate.)


  • Ask students to arrange the words into categories on the chart provided.


  • Distribute the probable passage from which the key words above have been deleted, and ask the students to insert the words into the blanks.
  • Have students read the passage orally in the group to make sure the words fit.


  • Ask one group to read their passage orally, then ask other groups if their choices were different.  Discuss how the  choices changed the meaning.


  • Ask the students to compare their probable passages to the actual passage in the selection.