The How of Teaching High-Frequency Words
Teaching high-frequency words is one part of an explicit phonics lesson sequence. This module provides guidance on how to incorporate the neuroscience of reading within high-frequency word instruction. Interactive module lessons include phoneme-grapheme mapping, the heart-word technique, and practice activities to reinforce the learning of high-frequency words. (Estimated completion time: 3 hours).
The How of Teaching High Frequency Words
- Navigation and Learning Objectives
- Orthographic Mapping
- Aligning High-Frequency Words to Phonics Scope & Sequence
- Phoneme Grapheme Mapping
- Using the Heart Word Technique
- Practice & Review
- Summing it Up
Completion of The Why of Teaching Phonics & Word Recognition (Part 1), The What of Teaching Phonics & Word Recognition (Part 2), and The How of Introducing Phonics Patterns (Part 3). Taking courses in the recommended order helps you build a strong foundation in important concepts and practices related to teaching phonics and word recognition.
This module is the fourth part of a five-part series on Teaching Phonics and Word Reading Instruction. Part 1 describes the research and effectiveness of phonics instruction, key terms used within phonics, and how sight words fit into phonics. Part 2 focuses on the instructional routines and practices that exemplify explicit and systematic phonics instruction. Part 3 provides guidance on introducing phoneme-grapheme correspondences and implementing activities that allow students to practice target phonics patterns. This module (Part 4) focuses on how to teach high-frequency words as part of an explicit phonics lesson sequence.
The following topics are discussed in the text, linked resources, embedded audio, and video:
- The difference between sight words and high-frequency words.
- Aligning high-frequency words to a phonics scope and sequence.
- Instructional routines and practice activities for teaching students high-frequency words.
Although this module will likely be most helpful for K-3 educators, educators in all grades and content areas may find this module to be beneficial.