Author(s)

Janine Chong

Date Approved

8-7-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Learning Disabilities

Department

Language, Literacy, and Special Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S Jay

Subject(s)

Reading

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

This study was done to examine the effect of the 20 Word Chant on student's ability to recall sight words. The participants were from various backgrounds, ability levels, disabilities. The students were exposed to two presentation formats. The 20 Word Chant was added to the daily routine as well as the daily flash card drill. The class was split into two groups and was exposed to both models. The students were given a one-on-one sight word fluency pre and post test. When looking at individual responses to each intervention, most students increased their sight word knowledge. Overall, when using the 20 Word Chant, thirteen students increased the number of sight words, and three remained at the same number of sight words. When using traditional flash cards, fourteen students increased the number of sight words, and two remained at the same number of sight words. Specifically, both the 20 Word Chant and traditional flash cards were effective in increasing sight words.

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