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Researchers have learned that students will have difficulty understanding text if they are unfamiliar with 59% of terms relating to the topic, indicating that readers who have greater background knowledge about a topic will be better able to draw inferences about a text on that topic. Teachers can help students build background knowledge by identifying common terms, giving low-stakes quizzes at the start of lessons to identify knowledge gaps, and sequencing and scaffolding lessons

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