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Familiarizing Students with High Frequency Words

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Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

Watch this video lesson to learn what you as an educator can do to help students learn to read with confidence. Learn why learning the high frequency words is beneficial, if not crucial, to becoming a competent reader.

High Frequency Words

Did you know that in the English language, only about one hundred words make up about fifty percent of our printed reading material? That's right! If you know just those one hundred words, you'd be able to read fifty percent of books, magazines, and newspapers. These are called the high frequency words, because these are the words that appear most often in print. It can be a challenge to teach some of these high frequency words, because some of them have a very abstract definition. There is no physical object a child can connect the words with. Think about the words 'a', or 'an', or 'with'. Can you think of a physical object that you can show a young child and say, 'this is what the word 'an', 'a,' or 'with' is?' I can't. So, how can you teach these words? Let's look at some suggestions.

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