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What Are Sight Words?

Learning Literacy Sight words

What Are Sight Words?

  Sight words are frequently used or non-phonetic words that should be learned by ‘sight’ to achieve reading proficiency. Many schools still use the Dolch sight words list to teach new readers. The primary benefit of learning sight words is decreased frustration in reading fluency. Since sight words comprise more than 75% of the words in all children’s literature, knowing sight words decreases the number of unknown words in a simple text. In addition, some sight words are non-phonetic (e.g. eight, light, because, buy) and would be frustrating for a new reader to sound out. Once a reader has mastered...

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