Here is a chart strategies to get students thinking about new units, new books, or new readings. Many are interactive and though they come from a site prepared for elementary school students most can be adapted for use with students of all ages. You’ll recognize many ideas that are commonly known and used and will welcome learning about new ones.
Teachers of middle, high school and colleges, I invite you to adapt some of these strategies that probably already are familiar to your students. Thinking is thinking and sometimes when working with a familiar set of terms, students can get right to work without having to figure what the teacher means when new terms are used with new strategies.
Check out this chart of Activating Strategies compiled by teachers from Chatham Elementary School.