By Jenna Coalson
Word Recognition includes recognizing words without conscious attention or attending to every word, using parts of words to identify new words, connecting unknown words to known words, as well as connecting spelling with word meaning (Pinnell and Fountas, 2007). When students can easily recognize words, they can begin reading harder texts and gaining a broader vocabulary.
Students should not be merely memorizing words or sounds. They should be using "visual information for print and graphics; [putting] together information to gain the literal meaning of the text, and remembering it while reading (Pinnell, 2006, p.79).
This site gives a strategic plan of action for teaching a student word recognition. Each activity grows in difficulty.
This article reviews previously covered material i.e. phonemic awareness, as well as explaining word recognition and its role with other dimensions of literacy.