Background Knowledge: The Missing Piece of the Comprehension Puzzle

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by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Donald J. Leu
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0325026556
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ISBN-13: 9780325026558
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 08/05/2009
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

Douglas Fisher's latest book with Heinemann is Background Knowledge, coauthored with Nancy Frey. It continues their exploration of the connection between language and learning. Their previous two Heinemann titles, Word Wise & Content Rich, Grades 7 - 12 and Learning Words Inside & Out, Grades 1 - 6, have helped teachers nationwide implement a five-part framework for building students' vocabulary. With word learning so important to comprehension, Background Knowledge takes the next step toward deeper understanding. In fact, Doug and Nancy are long-time collaborators, and they have focused on supporting deep understanding and improved literacy across the content areas in three other books: Checking for Understanding, Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, and Improving Adolescent Literacy. They are both classroom teachers and faculty members at San Diego State University and Health Sciences High & Middle College.

Nancy Frey's latest book with Heinemann is Background Knowledge, coauthored with Douglas Fisher. It continues their exploration of the connection between language and learning. Their previous two Heinemann titles, Word Wise & Content Rich, Grades 7 - 12 and Learning Words Inside & Out, Grades 1 - 6, have helped teachers nationwide implement a five-part framework for building students' vocabulary. With word learning so important to comprehension, Background Knowledge takes the next step toward deeper understanding. In fact, Doug and Nancy are long-time collaborators, and they have focused on supporting deep understanding and improved literacy across the content areas in three other books: Checking for Understanding, Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, and Improving Adolescent Literacy. They are both classroom teachers and faculty members at San Diego State University and Health Sciences High & Middle College.

Table of Contents

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

References 166

Index 182

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JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"How much a reader already knows about a subject is the best predictor of reading comprehension." This book is okay, but it isn't all about background knowledge. They try hard to make it seem like that's what the book is about, but they venture into lots of other areas as well. It could have been a much thinner book, and I think they tried to justify the price by fluffing it out with some other content, which is fine because they other stuff like the two chapters near the end; critical literacy and new literacies, are still useful. My board purchased the book in bulk for all the schools, so I read it during the summer in case it had something really valuable in it to help my staff, but it didn't really have much to offer that I didn't already know.