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Friday, October 20 • 8:30am - 12:00pm
There is No Such Thing as a Sight Word

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If you find yourself telling your students that English is crazy, and they just have to memorize the spelling of words, then this session is for you. Learn why there is a “g” in sign and how morphology, etymology, and phonology all work together to make perfect sense of words like “two” or “their” and so many more! This presentation will set you on a journey of understanding the English writing system from a linguist's point of view. In addition, the presenters will demonstrate how to use web resources to investigate the most common sight words and provide instructions to facilitate the analysis.

Participants will be able to: describe the underpinnings of English orthography as representative of more than just phonology; explain the importance of using graphemes in teaching; use word sums and matrices to help students see the underlying structure of a word; investigate the etymology of a word in order to explain and teach its current spelling; and explain why most “sight words” are not really sight words at all.


Tracy Block-Zaretsky, BA

Tracy Block-Zaretsky has provided remediation for children and adults with dyslexia for the past 20 years. She is a certified special education advocate, assisting parents and children through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan process. She is a past-president of th... Read More →

Kelli Sandman-Hurley, EdD

Kelli Sandman-Hurley received her doctorate in literacy from San Diego State University. Trained in Structured Word Inquiry and the Orton-Gillingham approach, Kelli is the past-president of the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and author of the well-received book, Dyslexia Advocate! How to Advocate for a Child with Dyslexia within the Public Educational System. She also co-created and produced the... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm

Attendees (18)