ILA Webinar: Knowledge Building as the Foundation of Literacy Learning

    by | May 14, 2024

    Knowledge Building as the Foundation for Literacy Learning. ILA webinar Date: May 22, 2024, 05:00PM - 06:30PM Eastern Time

    Acquiring knowledge and insight is not just an important goal of reading—it is the foundation of all learning. Through reading, we embark on journeys of discovery about facts such as how automobiles are built or how many miles butterflies travel during their migration, as well as journeys of discovery about ourselves and each other through stories about friendship, resolve, and overcoming obstacles.

    In this session, speakers Gina N. Cervetti and Elfrieda (Freddy) H. Hiebert discussed the importance of knowledge building in the literacy instruction classroom and draw direct connections to both students’ academic success and their social-emotional well-being through developing other critical skills essential for personal growth.

    Slides from Freddy’s presentation

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    Slides Download presentation slides pdf

    Example texts: three book-length texts on caves and fossils

    Example texts: Short articles

    Five short texts that Freddy wrote to illustrate how texts can support building background knowledge.


    Research articles related to this webinar

    Knowledge at the Center of English Language Arts Instruction
    Citation: Cervetti, G.N., & E.H. Hiebert. (2018). Knowledge at the Center of English Language Arts Instruction. The Reading Teacher, 72 (4): 499–507. 2018.

    The Sixth Pillar of Reading Instruction
    Citation: Cervetti, Gina N. & Hiebert, Elfrieda H. (2015). The Sixth Pillar of Reading Instruction: Knowledge Development. The Reading Teacher, 68 (7), 548–551. doi: 10.1002/trtr.1343

    Enhancing Opportunities for Decoding and Knowledge Building through Beginning Texts
    Citation: Hiebert, Elfrieda H. (2024). Enhancing Opportunities for Decoding and Knowledge Building through Beginning Texts. The Reading Teacher, 0 (0), 1-10

    The Core Vocabulary: The Foundation of Proficient Comprehension
    Citation: Hiebert, Elfrieda H. (2020). The Core Vocabulary: The Foundation of Proficient Comprehension. The Reading Teacher, 73 (6), 757-768

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