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Stage 4 — Automatic Word Recognition

As an Automatic Word reader, children can recognize words not only accurately but also with relatively little effort. This stage is all about the reader gaining control of reading processes. This automatic word recognition plays a critical part in the rapid development of reading comprehension, as mental resources can now be focused on understanding text rather than on figuring out the words.

Good readers will be able to automatically recognize most of the words in their spoken vocabularies. At this stage it is key for readers to have the opportunity to repeatedly read text that is “easy” to read. Children may increasingly use reading as a tool for acquiring new concepts and information, though they may not have mastered this skill at this stage. 

Build automatic word recognition by making flash cards using the Word Up Project Word Lists and Keys to Literacy’s Common Transition Words for grades K-12.

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