Why Building Knowledge Enhances Literacy

Why Building Knowledge Enhances Literacy

Building knowledge can help with literacy because it enhances a person’s ability to understand and comprehend written material. When a person has a strong foundation of knowledge in a particular subject or topic, they are better equipped to understand the vocabulary, concepts, and themes presented in written works. Additionally, having a broad range of knowledge can help a person make connections between different pieces of writing, further improving their understanding and literacy skills.

Utilizing a Multi-Sensory Approach for Building Knowledge

Using a multi-sensory approach helps with learning by engaging multiple senses such as sight, hearing, touch, and movement. This approach can enhance memory retention and improve comprehension for individuals with different learning styles.

As an example, deep diving into a subject by talking about it, watching a video, reading text, writing a paragraph about a topic, doing an experiment, creating an art project or making a recipe that is discussed in the lesson all cements the information into memory.

Building Knowledge By Building on Lessons

When you’re working on building knowledge, I am a fan of working through a curriculum that builds on itself. The knowledge that you learn in lesson two builds on lesson one by mentioning the same vocabulary, concepts, and so on, but then moves on to the new information.

When I initially decided to go back for my Master’s in Education, I was going so I could create a curriculum that would do what I just went over – build knowledge in sequence, family style. When I started researching and exploring my options, I realized that I wanted to focus on literacy. It wasn’t until I read Knowledge Gap that I understood that literacy and knowledge go hand in hand.