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

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

by Robert J. Marzano
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In Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement, Robert J. Marzano shows how a carefully structured combination of two approaches—sustained silent reading and instruction in subject-specific vocabulary terms—can help overcome the deficiencies in background knowledge that hamper the achievement of many children.

Readers will learn

* The principles that underlie an effective sustained silent reading program

* A five-step process for using sustained silent reading to enhance background knowledge

* The defining characteristics of effective vocabulary instruction

* A six-step process for direct instruction in vocabulary in each discipline

* The vocabulary terms critical to students' success in every academic subject

Vignettes suggest how the recommended reading and vocabulary instruction programs might be implemented in elementary schools, middle and junior high schools, and high schools. The book also includes a list of 7,923 vocabulary terms culled from the national standards documents and other publications, organized into 11 subject areas and 4 grade-level categories.

With its research-based recommendations and step-by-step approach, Building Background Knowledge equips educators with the tools they need to help close the achievement gap and enable all students to succeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871209726
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Pages: 219
Sales rank: 275,892
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

1. The Importance of Background Knowledge
2. Six Principles for Building an Indirect Approach
3. Tapping the Power of Wide Reading and Language Experience
4. Building Academic Background Knowledge Through Direct Vocabulary Instruction
5. Six Steps to Effective Vocabulary Instruction
6. Defining an Academic Vocabulary
7. Setting Up a Schoolwide or Districtwide Program
Technical Notes

Mathematics Terms
Science Terms
English Language Arts Terms
General History Terms
U.S. History Terms
World History Terms

Geography Terms
Civics Terms
Economics Terms
Health Terms
Physical Education Terms
The Arts
Arts General Terms
Dance Terms
Music Terms
Theater Terms
Visual Arts Terms

Technology Terms

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