ERIC Number: EJ1164809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Building Background Knowledge through Reading: Rethinking Text Sets
Lupo, Sarah M.; Strong, John Z.; Lewis, William; Walpole, Sharon; McKenna, Michael C.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v61 n4 p433-444 Jan-Feb 2018
To increase reading volume and help students access challenging texts, the authors propose a four-dimensional framework for text sets. The quad text set framework is designed around a target text: a challenging content area text, such as a canonical literary work, research article, or historical primary source document. The three remaining dimensions include visual texts (e.g., a video, pictures), informational texts to build students' background knowledge and vocabulary, and an accessible young adult novel or current events article to help students engage with the topic. Working together, these texts can build students' background knowledge, make the target text accessible to students, and also allow them to synthesize information across sources. The authors suggest that quad text sets are useful in English, science, and social studies classrooms.
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Content Area Reading, Visual Stimuli, Teaching Methods, Fiction, Nonfiction, Knowledge Level, English Instruction, Science Instruction, Social Studies
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