Monday, October 11, 2010

Learn To Read and Write English

Learning Language Vocabulary Indirectly: Children learn the meaning of most words indirectly, through everyday experiences with oral and written language--e.g., through rich conversations with adults, through being read to, and through reading extensively on their own. Students learn language by listening and making connections with auditory memory. Struggling readers need those audio learning cues even more and fall far behind their peers in overall language development. Struggling students sitting silently with a book will get very little out of the experience without the auditory component. READING ALOUD daily and participating in rich conversations is critical for at-risk students.

Students should always have the ability to listen to a model reading.  Listing labs, audio books, podcast, and buddy buzzing are all part of language classroom. When I read, the students read along in their own book, or listening to an audiobook, students always have the text in front of them.

Learning Vocabulary Directly Children learn vocabulary directly
when they are explicitly taught both individual words and word-learning
strategies through reading engaging literature. Reading Boot Camp is
designed to build automaticity of the 2000 most-used, written words in
English. Fluency drills and accuracy drills reinforce the connections to
word meanings the students already possess in auditory memory.

Academic Words
Testing companies that produce exams for schools and academic
institutions use or make norm-references academic vocabulary lists
graded by academic level to evaluate student performance. Many
testing companies post these academic vocabulary lists on their web
sites in order of RIT level, and educators can use them free of charge.
Using and having a strong understanding of these words will help
you and your students achieve success. The words by them selves are
very hard to teach out of context so I refer to them during instruction
when applicable. Academic word lists are also used as part of word wall
games, drills and challenge vocabulary practice.

Dolch word list
The Dolch Word List is a list of frequently used words compiled by Edward William Dolch, PhD. The list was prepared in 1936. The list was originally published in his book Problems in Reading in 1948. Under the copyright laws in effect during the time of publication, the Dolch word list is out of copyright.

Dolch compiled the list based on children's books of his era. The list contains 220 "service words" that have to be easily recognized in order to achieve reading fluency in English. The compilation excludes nouns, which comprise a separate 95-word list.

Many of the 220 Dolch words can’t be “sounded out” using common sound-to-letter implicit phonics patterns and have to be learned by sight; hence the alternative term, “sight word." Although the list is divided into grades, for native English speakers, all the words in the Dolch should be mastered by the end of 1st grade
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Pre-primer: a, and, away, big, blue, can, come, down, find, for, funny, go, help, here, I, in, is, it, jump, little, look, make, me, my, not, one, play, red, run, said, see, the, three, to, two, up, we, where, yellow, you
Primer: all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, ran, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they, this, too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with, yes
1st Grade: after, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, giving, had, has, her, him, his, how, just, know, let, live, may, of, old, once, open, over, put, round, some, stop, take, thank, them, then, think, walk, were, when
2nd Grade: always, around, because, been, before, best, both, buy, call, cold, does, don't, fast, first, five, found, gave, goes, green, its, made, many, off, or, pull, read, right, sing, sit, sleep, tell, their, these, those, upon, us, use, very, wash, which, why, wish, work, would, write, your
3rd Grade: about, better, bring, carry, clean, cut, done, draw, drink, eight, fall, far, full, got, grow, hold, hot, hurt, if, keep, kind, laugh, light, long, much, myself, never, only, own, pick, seven, shall, show, six, small, start, ten, today, together, try, warm
Nouns: apple, baby, back, ball, bear, bed, bell, bird, birthday, boat, box, boy, bread, brother, cake, car, cat, chair, chicken, children, Christmas, coat, corn, cow, day, dog, doll, door, duck, egg, eye, farm, farmer, father, feet, fire, fish, floor, flower, game, garden, girl, good-bye, grass, ground, hand, head, hill, home, horse, house, kitty, leg, letter, man, men, milk, money, morning, mother, name, nest, night, paper, party, picture, pig, rabbit, rain, ring, robin, Santa Claus, school, seed, sheep, shoe, sister, snow, song, squirrel, stick, street, sun, table, thing, time, top, toy, tree, watch, water, way, wind, window, wood

Build your own English language dictionary with phrases, definitions,
and important examples of key vocabulary including cognates.

Use the 1000 most used words in English as the foundation of your
self-made language dictionary. The First 100      Source Wiki

a · about · after · all · and · any · an · are · as · at · been · before · be · but · by ·
can · could · did · down · do · first · for · from · good · great · had · has · have
her · he · him · his ·if · into · in · is · its · it · I · know · like · little · made · man 
may · men · me · more · Mr · much · must · my · not · now · no · of · on · one
only · or · other · our · out · over · said ·see · she · should · some · so · such
than · that · the · their · them · then · there · these · they · this · time · to · two
upon · up · us · very · was · were · we · what · when · which ·who · will · with
would · you · your

Academic Words

1000 Most Used Words in English

2000 Most Used Words in English

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