Since comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading, you cannot overestimate the importance of vocabulary development. Words are the currency of communication. A robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication — listening, speaking, reading and writing. Understanding Vocabulary | Scholastichttps://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching.../understanding-vocabulary/
Children of relatively affluent, well-educated parents often arrive at school with a working vocabulary of 5,000 or so words, while low-income kids often enter school knowing only 2,500, and that gap tends to widen over the years unless schools make special efforts to close it. (And beware: whatever they might promise, off-the-shelf commercial materials aren't likely to give struggling readers the intensive help they need. Basal readers typically teach around 500 words per school year, which translates to about 6,000 words by 12th grade. That adds up to only a small portion of the 75,000-120,000 words that college-bound students ought to have in their vocabularies.)
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