The Knowledge Gap is not a teacher resource book but instead a report from journalist Natalie Wexler which delves into concerns around decontextualized instruction in reading comprehension “skills”, and the need to ensure content knowledge is taught, as well as how comprehension skills and strategies can be successfully embedded within it. While Wexler’s observations and commentary are based on the US, many parallels can be drawn to the history of reading comprehension instruction here in Ontario. This book offers a perspective to consider when implementing Strand C of the curriculum (Comprehension – Understanding and Responding to Texts), of interest to classroom educators as well as coaches, consultants and instructional leaders.
This text is available in the Ontario College of Teachers Library.
Curriculum Connection / Connexion au programme-cadre
The Knowledge Gap supports research and literacy information expectations in Strand A, as well as offering considerations to help inform the most effective and efficient instruction of many expectations within C1, C2 and C3 from Strand C (Comprehension - Understanding and Responding to Texts), throughout all grades.