Real World Knowledge and Verbal Reasoning Bundle

Over 170 pages of Low-Prep Resources for Instant Download!

We’ve known for ages that:

  • struggling students tend to have less developed content knowledge and greater difficulties using knowledge to build mental models of what they hear and read (e.g. Bransford et al., 1981; Oakhill, 1983);
  • students with more knowledge on a topic outperform others on reading-comprehension and memory tasks (e.g. Recht & Leslie, 1989);
  • students with prior knowledge out-perform students who have better comprehension skills but little background knowledge in the tested topic (e.g. Schneider et al., 1989);
  • having some knowledge of a topic in a passage is positively associated with correctly answering questions about the passage (Compton et al., 2013);
  • struggling students with poor background knowledge have difficulty recalling a passage’s main ideas, but when given background knowledge can often do so (Miller & Keenan, 2009); and
  • without well-connected knowledge, students have difficulty making inferences (e.g. Kendeou & van der Broek, 2005; McNamara & Magliano, 2009).

Prior knowledge:

  • speeds up basic comprehension and leaves working memory free to make connections between new and previously learned information;
  • helps students to make sense of word combinations that have ambiguous meanings.
  • helps with inferencing; and
  • helps students to understand metaphor, idiom, irony, and other higher level language uses.

In other words, having a vast store of quickly available, previously acquired knowledge enables the mind to take in new information in less time and with less effort and to link it to existing knowledge (Hirsch, 2003).

For more detail, and some free resource links, read our summary of this research here: Too many stories, not enough facts? Free tips and resources to boost your child's knowledge and reading comprehension skills

In this bundle of resources, we target knowledge, language and verbal reasoning skills together. Here is what’s included:

  • Dinosaurs: Blank’s Levels 2 and 3 questions to help with language comprehension, including categorisation and reorganization of information.
  • Space: Blank’s Level 4 questions to help with language comprehension, including drawing inferences and answering abstract questions.
  • Brilliant Places to Go: Blank’s Levels 3 and 4 questions to help with language comprehension, including reorganizing information, drawing inferences, and answering abstract questions.
  • Astounding Things We Can Do Together: A picture-based, activity-themed language comprehension and verbal reasoning workout, including more than 160 questions to stimulate the development of inference and verbal reasoning skills.
  • Ants and Spiders: Oral and written language exercises about the world around us with Tier 2 vocabulary, semantic feature analysis, compound and complex sentences, informative text macrostructure, problem-solving, world knowledge, inference and verbal reasoning activities.
  • Venus Flytraps and Death Cap Mushrooms: Oral and written language exercises about the world around us with Tier 2 vocabulary, semantic feature analysis, compound and complex sentences, informative text macrostructure, problem-solving, world knowledge, inference and verbal reasoning activities.

In all, that’s over 170 pages of knowledge, language and verbal reasoning exercises and activities to stimulate language and an understanding of the world to improve language and reading comprehension and to develop verbal reasoning skills.

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David Kinnane
David Kinnane

Known to many as Speech Bloke, David is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, Lawyer, Author and Father. He is based in Sydney, Australia, where he helps adults and children with communication issues to speak for themselves.

David manages a busy private speech pathology clinic, and a publishing company for speech pathologists in private practice. He is the founder of Banter Speech & Language, and Speechies in Business. He is passionate about ethical practices and consumer rights and regularly guest lectures to speech pathology students and others on legal issues affecting the profession.

David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean's Scholar, ranking first in his graduating year. He is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Hong Kong, and lived for 8 years in Hong Kong. David is a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification. He is a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the PreLit early literacy preparation program by MultiLit, the Spalding Method for literacy, and Voicecraft for voice issues.

Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, David was a senior lawyer at a US Investment Bank and, before then, worked for global law firms in Hong Kong and Sydney. He knows what it takes to communicate professionally and to compete in a globalised workforce.


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  Too many stories, not enough facts? Why knowledge about the real world boosts language and reading comprehension
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