Word Identification StrategiesIntroducing a student to the available strategies for figuring out unknown words is particularly important in reading. The more fluent readers will somehow intuit the appropriate strategies, whereas a majority may be unaware that several strategies exist. Often a student gets the idea that reading is a process of making isolated sounds. Many students are taught one strategy to the exclusion of all others and therefore do not realize that they have several options when it comes to decoding a word in print. Explicit instruction of available strategies will help students become more effective readers. –Carol Dixon There are two main ways that students identify words: (1) recognizing words by sight and (2) decoding or analyzing words using a variety of clues. Recognizing Words AutomaticallySight VocabularyStudents need to develop a large collection of words that they recognize and understand
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