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A Christmas Carol - Building Background Knowledge & Guided Reading Packet
The Holiday Season is one of the most exciting times of the school year! Holiday activities that continue to teach curricula are an excellent way to keep students engaged in the days leading up to the long winter break. This Guided Reading Packet is complete with before, during and after reading ac
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AP English Literature - Allusions: Building Background Knowledge
Building student background knowledge regarding key stories frequently alluded to in literature is essential for developing more critical readers. In this packet, I have included an initial scavenger hunt activity, two versions of an allusion assignment (one group and one individual), and an allusio
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Building Background Knowledge with PowerPoint
This collection of materials will enable a teacher to help his or her students understand the sometimes difficult, but often taught, novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. To begin, students engage in a research project on a topic relating to the history of the US during the 1840s, the setting of the
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Interactive Anchor Charts - Schema - Building Background Knowledge
Schema and Building Background Knowledge - Anchor Chart Follow me on teacherspayteachers.com and receive FREE products! I offer my new products for FREE within the first 6 hours of posting. If you would like to receive some of my products for FREE, FOLLOW me and you will receive updates on m
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The Cay Powerpoint Presentation for Background Knowledge
This product is a Powerpoint presentation for Theodore Taylor's novel, The Cay. This presentation has a total of 18 slides. It gives a lot of background knowledge including information about the author, the setting of the novel, some vocabulary words, and the literary focus for the novel (which can
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Reading Comprehension: Background Knowledge
Reading Comprehension Literacy Center, Reading Comprehension, Background Knowledge This Reading Comprehension resource includes practice work in understanding how background knowledge helps readers better understand a text, including: 1. What I Know About the Settings 2. What I Know About the
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Use Background Knowledge & Make Connections - Reading Comprehension Strategy
These using background knowledge and making connections graphic organizers are a must have for reading comprehension strategy instruction! They are perfect to use with any texts to provide students plenty of opportunities to practice actively making connections while reading. WHAT'S INCLUDED: st
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Letter from Birmingham Jail Background Knowledge Infographic
In this focusing activity for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, students will experiment with a fun and effective technological tool for conveying complex information: the infographic. Because of the infographic’s visual appeal, students have a better chance of learning and reta
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Shakespeare Mystery Game [engaging! fun! background knowledge!]
----------------------------------------------------------------------- Script Slipped: The Case of the Stolen Shakespeare Manuscript ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Here is a fun and engaging way for students to be introduced to William Shakespeare!
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Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix - Background Knowledge PowerPoints
Three Separate PowerPoints: * Turn of the Century Immigration (16 slides) * Labor Movement of the early 1900s (10 slides) * Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (14 slides) I use these PowerPoints to provide background knowledge for the novel, Uprising, by Margaret Peterson Haddix. However, they would
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Background Knowledge
Get ready to activate your students background knowledge! This download includes graphic organizers in English and Spanish! The graphic organizers are designed to be used with any fiction or non-fiction book. Have fun watching your students make connections and having their schema grow! This down
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Using Background Knowledge During Reading
Using Background Knowledge During Reading. The focus of this strategy is to teach students how to use their background knowledge while reading to make sense of the text. This is one of many interactive reading strategies created by Wise
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Background Knowledge and Asking Questions- La Llorona (incorporates CCSS)
This interactive read aloud lesson is designed to be used with La LLorona-The Weeping Woman as told by Joe Hayes (This book comes with text written in Spanish and English). The lesson focuses on the comprehension strategies of utilizing background knowledge and asking questions and is designed to b
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The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty Vocabulary and Background Knowledge Packet ELL
The purpose of this activity packet is to provide students with vocabulary practice and background knowledge before reading The Sniper by Liam O'Flaherty. This five-page packet contains a series of pre-reading activities designed for ELL students to use in the mainstream English or ESL classroom. Si
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Reading Comprehension Units for Mastery- Background Knowledge
This mini-unit includes everything you need to teach, practice, assess, and build confidence with the reading comprehension skill: BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE. Use this resource to help your students MASTER the art of using their background knowledge during reading! INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE: 1. 5 min
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Lamb to the Slaughter By Roald Dahl Vocabulary Background Knowledge Packet
The purpose of this activity packet is to provide students with vocabulary practice and background knowledge before reading Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl. This five-page packet contains a series of pre-reading strategies and activities designed for ELL students to use in the mainstream English
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Filling Your Background Knowledge Reading Strategy PowerPoint
Common Core Reading: Foundational Skills The focus of this strategy is to teach students how to fill their background knowledge while reading. This is one of many interactive reading strategies created by Wise Guys that can be used
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Unit: King Arthur Quest: Stand Alone or Background Knowledge: Freak the Mighty
Have students decide whether or not Chivalry exists and is still important today. Explore the Legend of King Arthur and the chivalry of his time. Skills incorporated are close reading, sequence, compare/contrast and analysis for the writing piece. Activity begins with two Power Points done on di
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Three Skeleton Key Nonfiction Passages for Background Knowledge
This file contains two articles, a quiz of Common Core aligned multiple choice questions (10), plus two text-dependent questions that should be answered in short responses (paragraphs). The articles are both about the job of a lighthouse keeper. Both articles were taken from the Internet. The articl
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Esperanza Rising Building Background Knowledge
This product is a 15 slide power point which will help your students build their background knowledge before beginning a novel study using Esperanza Rising. The learning targets are defining historical fiction, describing the geographical setting and describing the historical setting. The last sli
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Antigone SPED/ELD Reader's Theatre Background Knowledge
This is meant to be used as an awesome "hook" for building background knowledge BEFORE you start reading "Antigone." Updated to add Greek Tragedy Masks and a page of fun extension activities with online link. Remember to check back every so often as I'm ALWAYS updating products. This is the power
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Pre-Reading/Accessing Background Knowledge Activity for UDHR
A quick and easy open-ended activity to complete prior to beginning a study on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Guides students through thinking about what they know about each term in the document's title, as well as what they believe some of their rights are. A great way to get started
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Thinking About Nonfiction: Background Knowledge, Questions, and Summaries
Students use the first sheet of these two pages before and after reading of nonfiction pieces. First, they write down five facts they already know about the topic to activate background knowledge and five questions they think will be answered. After reading, students write down five facts they lea
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Background Knowledge (Schema) Writing
Background Knowledge (Schema) Writing or Research Included: Suggestions for how to teach Background Knowledge. 28 Background Knowledge and Research Recording Pages for animals A-Z. Suggestions for Background Knowledge (Schema) Writing or Research Mini Lesson: Objective-Review or teach students
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Rules of the Game by Amy Tan Introduction and Background Knowledge
This activity aims to have students explore the various topics they will encounter while reading the short story "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan. The presentation provides a step-by-step explanation of the activity. After students are placed in small groups and are given their topic (mother-daughte
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A Sound of Thunder By Ray Bradbury Vocabulary and Background Knowledge Packet
The purpose of this activity packet is to provide students with vocabulary practice and background knowledge before reading A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury. This packet contains a series of pre-reading strategies and activities designed for ELL students to use in the mainstream English or ESL cla
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Changing Background Knowledge Reading Strategy PowerPoint
Common Core Reading: Foundational Skills The focus of this strategy is to teach students how changing background knowledge can better help a student to understand a story. This is one of many interactive reading strategies created by Wi
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Building Background Knowledge
Background knowledge connects memories and experiences to what is read. It can directly impact how a person understands and responds to a story. Many times kindergarten kids do have stories and experiences, but they lack the experience with knowing how to apply background knowledge to create a per
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The Babe and I Book Introduction-Building Background Knowledge
The Babe and I is a wonderful historical fiction story that teaches many great lessons. It is the type of literature you can teach almost any common core standard through. The problem I found for my students was that they lacked the background knowledge about The Great Depression and what life was
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Grade 5 MOD1 Unit 1 VOCAB: BUILDING BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
This Download has vocabulary for MOD 1 Unit 1. The terms come from Expeditionary Learning. 11 pgs total.
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Pre-Reading Activities to Build Background Knowledge
This resource includes several ideas for pre-reading activities including anticipation guides, vocabulary charts, main idea charts, plot diagrams, sequence charts, prediction charts, and connections charts. These are useful for both fiction and nonfiction reading selections. When students build th
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Building Background Knowledge on the Constitution
Just in time for Constitution Day!! This activity is appropriate for students that know a lot of information about the Constitution or very little information at all. It would be a great activity to do for Constitution Day. BBKs allow students to generate questions, and brainstorm any background
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Amish Life Just Plain Fancy Background Knowledge
This powerpoint presentation gives an overview of Amish lifestyle. It can be used to build background before reading Patricia Polacco's Just Plain Fancy. It is especially useful for English Language Learners Save with a bundle! Purchase this slideshow and "The Peacock and the Crane" companion
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The Legend of the Bluebonnet- Building Background Knowledge
Activate Prior Knowledge/Build Background Knowledge with this organizer as you and your students read The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola. This organizer asks your students: What do you know about legends? What do you know about bluebonnets? Where do you think bluebonnets came from?
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Reading Comprehension Literacy Center: Background Knowledge
This exciting product line focuses on practicing specific comprehension skills during literacy centers, literature circles, small groups, independent, or partner work time. Use these center activities in correlation with the
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Rules of the Game by Amy Tan Introduction and Background Knowledge Activity
These are the handouts that go along with the "Rules of the Game by Amy Tan Introduction..the" PowerPoint. The handouts are not in the order in which they should be given to the students. The first page, the notes page, should be given during the gallery walk (last). The question pages should be
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Background Knowledge: Song of the Trees, by Mildred D. Taylor
This power point provides students with the historical context necessary for developing a deep understanding of Mildred D. Taylor's short story, "Song of the Trees", and a brief overview of the Jim Crow era South. *Student fill-in note sheet provided. --------------------------------------------
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Building Background Knowledge: El Caribe
This project could be used in a Spanish class or social studies class to build background knowledge on Spanish-Speaking countries (using English-speaking resources) in the Caribbean before reading/viewing/hearing about specific culture topics in the target language of Spanish.
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Make Way for Ducklings Building Background Knowledge
This cute page encourages your students to think about what they already know about ducks and how the story relates to their own life experiences. Please check out my 31 page complete literacy pack for Make Way for Ducklings in my store. It is packed full of all kinds of activities and lessons tha
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Schema Background Knowledge Writing
I am really excited about this product! I was working with a group of my 1st grade students in guided reading and while discussing schema of turkeys (Thanksgiving), I had a student that didn't know very much about turkeys, but he informed me he knew a lot about butterflies, which turned out to be tr
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Fiction vs Non-Fiction Background Knowledge
This activity activates students' background knowledge comparing Fiction and Non-Fiction texts. Teachers can use as guided notes or allow students to fill out independently. This is also a great tool for a pre and post assessment!
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New York City relatable info for building background knowledge
New York City relatable info for building background knowledge because my students were reading a book that took place in New York city and had no connections to make to this setting. These pictures along with my explanation was a big help. This digital file is: -Smartboard formart -has 8 slides -
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Grade 5 MOD1 Unit 1 LLT: BUILDING BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
These are the Long Term Targets from Expeditionary Learning for 5th grade, Mod 1, Unit 1. Each page has the LTT for each lesson. 11 pgs. total.
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Using Background Knowledge & Making Connections:  1st Grade Lesson with Mem Fox
This resource includes two close reading lessons designed around the mentor text, "Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild" by Mem Fox. The lessons include the following: -Standards addressed (Texas) -Anchor chart recommendations -Suggested, alternative texts -Objectives -Procedures -Ideas for workshop t
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Become an Expert: Build Background Knowledge for A Long Walk to Water
Are your students familiar with the places and issues presented in the novel, A Long Walk to Water? If not, this activity offers a great way for them to become more familiar with the Akobo Desert, and the waterborne illnesses mentioned in the storylines of the book while practicing their researching
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Background Knowledge
This is a chart students can fill out to enhance their background knowledge and in turn increase their comprehension.
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The Lady or the Tiger Vocabulary and Background Knowledge Packet ELL
The purpose of this activity packet is to provide students with vocabulary practice and background knowledge before reading The Lady, or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton. This five-page packet contains a series of pre-reading activities designed for ELL students to use in the mainstream English or ESL
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Merging Background Knowledge With the Text
Active comprehension strategy, an idea from Stephanie Harvey's Comprehension Toolkit: Teach students to merge their prior knowledge/background knowledge with the text before them to gain a deeper understanding or clear up any confusions as a reader. Check out the notes section for guiding reflection
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Key 2 Background Knowledge
Practice for students to utilize the comprehension strategy "Utilizing Background Knowledge" or making connections. There are two stories with questions (one for guided practice and one for independent practice).
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Building Background Knowledge: Colonial Craftspeople
Learning Objectives/Targets: • I can make inferences about colonial craftspeople by examining documents that include text and pictures. • I can determine the main idea of an informational text on colonial craftspeople. • I can identify details that support the main idea of an informational te
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Lord of the Flies Background Knowledge
Use this powerpoint presentation to supply students with the background knowledge and historical context of the novel, "The Lord of the Flies." This includes a short biography on William Golding, the bombings in England during World War II, and a look at theories of human nature from Freud, Aristotl
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Chains By Laurie Halse Anderson Background Knowledge Activities
This product contains two great background articles for the novel Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. After reading both articles and completing the included activities, students will have a better understanding of slavery in New England as well as the role that African Americans played in the American
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