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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction: M.S.


Teacher Development


School of Education

First Advisor

Mary Jo Froemming

Second Advisor

Hsueh-I Lo

Third Advisor

JoAnn Johnson

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Sight Words, Flash Card Use, Multiscensory Approach


There are many components that are considered when young students learn to read. What should educators focus on? In this literature review, the importance of sight word learning is explored, as well as effective ways to teach them to young readers. Based on findings, to have the ability to retain sight words, one must have a sense of strong letter and sound relationships. Phonemic awareness tends to be a prerequisite for the foundation skill of sight word recall. Once students have this core alphabetic background, they can begin to interact with different methods to build their sight word vocabularies. Some of these methods include different flashcard drills as well as exploring different multisensory activities.



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