Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement: Research on what Works in Schools

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ASCD, 2004 - Education - 219 pages
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Discover how a carefully structured combination of two approaches--sustained silent reading and instruction in subject-specific vocabulary--can help rescue low achievers and boost the academic performance of all students.
 

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Contents

The Importance of Background Knowledge
1
Six Principles for Building
17
Tapping the Power of Wide Reading
42
Building Academic Background Knowledge
62
Six Steps to Effective
91
Defining an Academic Vocabulary
104
Setting Up a Schoolwide
118
Technical Notes
127
Appendix
133
References
200
Index
211
About the Author
219
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Dr. Robert J. Marzano is CEO and co-founder of Marzano Research Laboratory, which specializes in school reform efforts to enhance student academic achievement. Over his 40 years in education, the central theme of his work has been translating research and theory into practical programs and tools for teachers and administrators. He is the author of more than 30 books, 150 articles, and more than 100 curriculum guides and related materials for teachers and students.

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