indirectly, through everyday experiences with oral and written language--e.g.,
through conversations with adults, through being read to, and through reading
extensively on their own. Students learn language by listening and making
connections and struggling readers need those audio cues even more. Struggling
students sitting silently with a book will get very little out of the experience
without the auditory component. Students always have the ability to listen to a
model reading. When I read, the students read, or the computer reads, 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.
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.
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
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1000 Most Used Words in English
2000 Most Used Words in English