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Total Recall


Students recall academic content and the affective aspects they felt while learning the content.


  • Notebook paper


  1. Students fold notebook paper to create 4 quadrants.
  2. Students complete 4 Total Recall tasks associated with the lesson/unit content:
    • Quadrant 1: List and describe 3 important words or facts.
    • Quadrant 2: Sketch 1-2 important visuals.
    • Quadrant 3: Connect this new content with something you learned in the past.
    • Quadrant 4: Draw an emoji representing how you felt while learning this content.
  3. Collect students’ Total Recall responses and adjust instruction as appropriate.

Classroom Management

  • Model the strategy using a think-aloud and/or provide an example for students to use as a guide.


  • Promote access by allowing students to process the task with a supportive peer/adult.
  • Promote response support by providing an idea/word bank for each quadrant’s task, allowing students to dictate responses to a scribe, and/or recording ideas using speech-to-text or word prediction support.

Think It Up!

  • Have students think more deeply about the concept by responding to a Think It Up prompt as an exit ticket or journal entry:
    • Summarize your Total Recall ideas in 2-3 sentences.
    • Draw a conclusion about the importance of this concept and why it is necessary to understand it thoroughly.
  • Encourage students to use lead4ward’s Thinking Stems (English/Spanish) to frame their responses, if needed.