Teaching reading to African American children: When home and school language differ, an article Mark coauthored with Dr. Julie Washington, is now out in the summer issue of American Educator. The article includes a discussion of African American English and its influence on reading, as well as recommendations for teaching … More New article in American Educator
We hope you are enjoying our Reading Meetings, we certainly are! We especially appreciate the people who join us live and those of you who share your advice and pose interesting questions in the chat. Our goal is for these meetings to be responsive to your needs and so it really helps us to know what our audience is thinking about. After our last meeting on early literacy screening with Dr. Nadine Gaab, Mark took some time to respond to some of the questions and comments that were posted in the chat … More Mark’s responses to the chat from our Reading Meeting with Dr. Nadine Gaab
Let’s talk about ”background knowledge.” The term refers to things a child knows about the world–about people, events, and situations; categories such as animals and clothing; topics such as animal habitats and how plants grow. These are things we use language to talk and write about. This knowledge provides the “background” or context for understanding a text.
Unsurprisingly, there are differing views about the role of background knowledge in early reading. … More Some context on context