7 Jul 2014
Hiebert, E.H. (2012). What’s important to know about words of written language. In M. Hougen & S. Smartt (Eds.), Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, Pre-K–6. (pp.138-149). Baltimore, MD: Paul Brookes Publishing.
This chapter develops three ideas about how the origins of English words influence reading: (a) knowing about a word’s origin helps in understanding its structure and meaning, (b) English has many words, a small number of which are used often and many of which are used rarely, and (c) the often-used words have some special features that can challenge beginning readers and English language learners (ELLs).