Provide Background Knowledge with Crash Course (High School)

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Crash Course is a YouTube channel that posts entertaining videos of two brothers, John and Hank Green, teaching topics in core academic subjects. These subjects include U.S. and world history, chemistry, biology, ecology, and literature.

Classroom Application: Background Knowledge

In Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement,” Robert J. Marzano explains how the background knowledge of students in a topic can indicate how successful they will be in acquiring new knowledge.  Since research shows that there is a correlation between academic achievement and background knowledge, it is important for teachers to provide students with information prior to the start of a lesson or unit. What better way to do this then require students to watch entertaining (and informative) Crash Course videos! For example, if the next lesson is on the War of 1812, you can have your students watch this video the night before.

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The images in this post are screenshots from the Crash Course YouTube channel.


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