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Dolch Sight Words List – By Parts of Speech

Dolch Sight Words

– By Parts of Speech

Edward William Dolch, Ph.D. created a list of 220 sight words which contains conjunctions, prepositions, pronouns, adverbs, adjectives and verbs. He referred to these words as “service” words because these words are found in all reading material. Early emergent readers should focus on instantly recognizing these words by sight.

Sight Words

Dolch’s sight words have been categorized according to parts of speech. It is important to note that some of these words can be used in more than one way, e.g., off. This word can be used as an adverb, adjevtive or preposition.

Sight Words: Conjunctions

They join words or parts of a sentence; connectors.

and as because but if or

Sight words: Prepositions

They show position or time and can compare or contrast; locators.

about after at by down
for from in into of
on over to under upon with

Sight Words: Pronouns

They take the place of nouns; substitutes.
They can indicate ownership and used to ask questions.

he her him his I
it its me my myself
our she that their them
these they this those us
we what which who you your

Sight Words: Adverbs

They modify verbs (adjectives and adverbs too); describers.
When? How? How much? Where? To what extent?

again always around away before
far fast first here how
just much never no not
now off once only out
so soon then there today
together too up very well
when where why yes

Sight Words: Adjectives

They describe or modify nouns (adjectives too); describers.
Describes a person, place, or thing.

a all an any best
better big black blue both
brown clean cold eight every
five four full funny good
green hot kind light little
long many new old one
own pretty red right round
seven six small some ten
the three two warm white

Sight Words: Verbs

They show action or state of being.

am are ask ate be
been bring buy call came
can carry come could cut
did do does done don’t
draw drink eat fall find
fly found gave get give
go goes going got grow
had has have help hold
hurt is jump keep know
laugh let like live look
made make may must open
pick play please pull put
ran read ride run said
saw say see shall show
sing sit sleep start stop
take tell thank think try
use walk want was wash
went were will wish work
would write

Source: Dolch, E.W., Ph.D. (1948). Problems in Reading. Champain, IL: The Garrard Press.

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