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.