Often, high-frequency words are called “sight words” with the expectation that these words are irregular and must be memorized. Integrating high-frequency words into phonics lessons allows students to make sense of spelling patterns for these words. To do this, high-frequency words need to be categorized according to whether they are spelled entirely regularly or not. This article describes how to “rethink” teaching of high-frequency words, and provides a word list to support educators in designing effective instruction.
Curriculum Connection / Connexion au programme-cadre
This article supports the teaching and learning of words with irregularities.