The KWL chart was designed as an instructional reading strategy teachers could use to guide students' textbook reading. However, you can use KWL to help you learn about a topic.
Here is what a blank KWL chart looks like.
The K in KWL stands for what you already know about the topic. Complete the K column by thinking about and writing what you already know about the topic.
The W in KWL stands for what else you want to know about the topic. Complete the W column by writing the questions you want to answer about the topic.
The L in KWL stands for what you learned about the topic as you read your textbook and use reference sources. Complete the L column by writing the answers to the questions you wrote in the W column. Also, write in the L column other information you learned as you answered the questions.
Here is an example of a KWL chart that a student completed for the topic "Deserts."
Using a KWL chart can help you bring together information about any topic.