Becoming a Skilled Reader

To become skilled at reading, we need to work on both the word-recognition strands (phonological awareness, decoding, and sight recognition of familiar words) and the language-comprehension strands (background knowledge, vocabulary, language structures, verbal reasoning, and literacy knowledge).

These strands work together as we become accurate, fluent, and increasingly automatic with repetition and practice. It takes instruction and practice over time to develop these skills.

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