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Dr. Dan Willingham: Teaching Content is Teaching Reading


Here is Dr. Dan Willingham’s video, Teaching Content is Teaching Reading. While this video is from 2009 it still applies today.


We are back to a focus on language comprehension in the simple view of reading (Gough & Tunmer, 1986) and specifically the upper strands of Scarborough’s Reading Rope (2001): background knowledge, vocabulary, language structure, verbal reasoning, and literacy knowledge.


This video speaks to the critical nature of children building content knowledge/domain-specific knowledge and its impact on reading comprehension. Our children must be able to read words accurately and automatically, having developed a large sight word vocabulary (word knowledge) AND they also need lots of world knowledge.


Children (and adults) need to know quite a bit about the world and the topic at hand if they are to comprehend what they can read. I think you will find that Dr. Willingham makes his point well and does it with a bit of humor!


Go to Dr. Dan Willingham's website for more information.


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