Comprehension in Disguise: The Role of Knowledge in Children’s Learning

By Susan B. Neuman Last updated 2024/05/27
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In this International Dyslexia Association Perspectives article, Susan B. Neuman explores the role of knowledge in comprehending texts. The article outlines how prior knowledge supports comprehension and outlines five research-based and practical principles to build knowledge networks: big ideas, word knowledge, using multiple genres, distributed review, and intentional opportunities for language engagement.

Curriculum Connection

C2. Comprehension Strategies
This article supports the teaching of prior knowledge and how it impacts comprehension. It provides teachers with explicit strategies to activate and support prior knowledge to improve comprehension. 
Grade(s): K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Topic(s): Comprehension

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  1. We must build background knowledge along with development of phonemic awareness and vocabulary. Excellent strategies beginning with understanding the Big Idea, and also using psychological principles of learning including distributed practice. As students come into classes with different backgrounds, experiences, language opportunities, it truly behooves educators to make this work a TOP priority!
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