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"Background knowledge is too often neglected in our push to raise test scores, despite the fact that we know background knowledge is a critical component of comprehension. Background knowledge simply has to become an instructional focus if we want to help students make sense of school. We will lose a generation of learners if we don't act now."
-Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Why background knowledge?
Foreword Donald J. Leu vii
Chapter 1 The Missing Piece of the Comprehension Puzzle 7
Chapter 2 Placing Background Knowledge in Daily Teaching 21
Chapter 3 Teacher as Archaeologist: Assessing Background Knowledge 33
Chapter 4 Activating What Students Know: Teaching That Unearths and Upends Students' Understandings 62
Chapter 5 Quickening the Pace of Students' Background Knowledge Acquisition 91
Chapter 6 Critical Literacy: Helping Students Get Beyond the Sift-and-Surf Mode to Deep Synthesis of Texts 116
Chapter 7 New Literacies, Old Standards for Excellence 136
Chapter 8 Building and Activating Background Knowledge Is Our Job 154
A Study Guide for Background Knowledge 159