Introductory Challenge

Most of the words that you’ve read again and again in your life are immediately recognizable to you. You don’t have to “sound out” or decode those words. You know them as soon as you see them. This unit about the importance of teaching some of the most common “sight words” to students to help develop their reading skills may make you think about your own bank of sight words and how you acquired them. Learning sight words can be the result of direct teaching, such as we discuss in this unit, or can be a more gradual process, simply occurring with repetition through reading. Adults, with their different interests, problems, and circumstances, tend to read different kinds of material and develop different individual sight word banks. As you learn about sight words and how they’re taught to students, think about how some more specialized words have become sight words to you because of your life circumstances.