Introducing the Knowledge Matters Review Tool
A Guide for Evaluating K-8 ELA Curriculum
Developed by literacy experts, the Knowledge Matters Review Tool helps to determine if an ELA curriculum is truly “content-rich” and aligned to research on the role that background knowledge plays in reading comprehension.
New study guide for our podcast, as it hits 100,000 downloads
Reading Comprehension Revisited, the inaugural season of our podcast, has achieved 100,000 downloads – and counting! With six short episodes (which are roughly 30 minutes each), it is perfect for professional learning. Host Natalie Wexler has developed a new companion study guide in response to numerous requests from educators.
Knowledge is an essential pillar of the “Science of Reading”
Broad knowledge about the natural and human world is an essential ingredient in reading comprehension, as shown by long-standing research. A group of distinguished reading researchers calls on the growing movement for evidence-based reading instruction to elevate the role of background knowledge in reading success.
Every student deserves a knowledge-building literacy curriculum
To develop students’ reading comprehension muscles from the earliest grades, leading schools use English language arts (ELA) curricula that are carefully designed to build background knowledge in science, history, literature, and the arts, alongside sound foundational skills instruction.
Introducing all young children to rich disciplinary content and vocabulary levels the playing field for learning. Knowledge is like an interest-bearing savings account: the more you know, the faster you learn. Therefore, growing knowledge about the natural and human world in the early grades is an essential equity investment, and it sets the stage for a lifetime of critical inquiry and analysis.