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ERIC Number: EJ898483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Name that Word: Using Song Lyrics to Improve the Decoding Skills of Adolescents with Learning Disabilities
Hines, Sara J.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v43 n1 p16-21 Sep-Oct 2010
Many adolescents, especially those with learning disabilities, lack basic word identification skills. Finding motivating instructional techniques to improve word-level reading skills is increasingly difficult as students move through the grades. One technique that holds promise in motivating adolescents involves using song lyrics from their favorite songs as instructional materials. The rationale is that the students will be able to read the printed song lyrics because they already have stored the words in the context of the song in their auditory memories. In this approach, students learn to read lyrics from favorite songs in and out of the context of the song, and then generalize their word identification skills to identify novel words with similar rime patterns. Additionally, to appeal and motivate adolescent students with reading disabilities and to make instruction relevant to their interests, teachers can design a reading-decoding program using lyrics from the students' favorite songs. (Contains 3 tables and 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A