Tapping into a student’s background knowledge is essential to aiding their ability to comprehend what they’ve read. When we take time to discuss background knowledge, it gives the brain a place for it to store and process the new information.

Read Passage & Discuss Key Topics

We always begin by reading the passage together three times. In this particular group, we begin with a teacher read aloud, taking turns reading, as well as having the students whisper reading on their own.

Then, we add key topics to our anchor chart.

After adding topics, we also discuss what we know about each of those topics and add that information to our anchor chart.

Add Information

After reading each day, we add new information to our anchor chart.

What new information did we learn? What did we expand on?

Display & Keep Adding

Throughout the week, this stays displayed on our board. As we read, we just keep adding!