Background Knowledge: The Missing Piece of the Comprehension Puzzle

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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? Because the Grapes of Wrath is dry reading if students don't know about the Dust Bowl. Because the Boston ...

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