Background Knowledge: The Missing Piece Of The Comprehension Puzzle by Douglas FisherBackground Knowledge: The Missing Piece Of The Comprehension Puzzle by Douglas Fisher

Background Knowledge: The Missing Piece Of The Comprehension Puzzle

byDouglas Fisher, Nancy Frey

Paperback | September 21, 2009

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Why background knowledge?

  • Because the Grapes of Wrath is dry reading if students don’t know about the Dust Bowl.
  • Because the Boston Tea Party is a non-event if students don’t know loyalists from patriots.
  • Because knowing a triangle has 180 degrees isn’t the same as knowing why.

Because content-area comprehension depends on it, you and your students need Background Knowledge. 

Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey help you develop lasting subject-area understanding with ideas for modeling, guided practice, productive group work, and independent work that effectively engage adolescents. You’ll learn to:

  • distinguish incidental knowledge from core background knowledge
  • check students’ understanding prior to a unit with tools such as opinionnaires, interest surveys, and anticipation guides
  • model how to activate and apply prior knowledge so kids can wrestle with new content
  • build up students’ background knowledge through virtual fieldtrips, YouTube, guest experts, and more
  • provide collaborative ways for students to develop expertise, show what they know, and own their learning.

Doug and Nancy also build your background knowledge with multimedia book-study resources at www.heinemann.com/backgroundknowledge.

“As teachersour job is not to simply fill students’ heads with facts,” write Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey. “We need to have students manipulate and apply information so that it becomes a permanent understanding.” That’s why the time is now for Background Knowledge.

Title:Background Knowledge: The Missing Piece Of The Comprehension PuzzleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 21, 2009Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0325026556

ISBN - 13:9780325026558

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