A New Model for Teaching High-Frequency Words

By Linda Farrell, Michael Hunter & Tina Osenga Last updated 2024/05/27
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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

B2. Language Foundations for Reading and Writing
This article supports the teaching and learning of words with irregularities.
Grade(s): K 1 2 3 4
Topic(s): Words with irregularities

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