Reading comprehension is about knowledge. It is about vocabulary and ideas. Primary schools, including ours, invest considerable curriculum time on topics. Topics are about knowledge.
“Since the current language arts curriculum is fragmented, with little coherence across the grades, the elementary school teacher in later grades cannot know what topics are already familiar to students from prior grades.” Hirsch (2016).
Hirsch is not 100% correct here. At primary schools, topics are planned carefully. Year 6 teachers know what has been taught in previous years. Topics generate rich, deep…
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