Reflection: Lesson Planning The Story, The Whipping Boy - Background Knowledge - Section 2: What is Background Knowledge?


This was the first year knowledge I have tried the dissecting a comic strip activity. I will definitely use it in the future. This activity really helps the students to understand what background knowledge is and why it's helpful. If you don't have the background knowledge to joke the joke is not funny. In the same way that does not have background knowledge in a certain area may not comprehend the text about that subject. An example uses the students was that I am not very familiar with medical terms. If I were to read a medical journal it would take a lot of extra research for me to understand most of the articles. I did make the point however, that just because I haven't been to understand the text easily in a medical journal, doesn't mean that I should not try. I can tackle difficult texts because I have learned strategies to help me do that.  The students can also tackle difficult texts because they have learned strategies to help them as well.

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The Story, The Whipping Boy - Background Knowledge

Unit 14: The Whipping Boy
Lesson 2 of 18

Objective: SWBAT understand what "background knowledge" means as we prepare and start to read "The WhippingBoy" by Sid Fleischman.

Big Idea: "The Whipping Boy" is a literary masterpiece! However, without background information, it will be difficult for the students to understand. Students will learn what background knowledge is as well as build the schema they need to understand the text.

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