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This article explains a viable, researched, teaching activity that I call Treasure Hunt. Treasure Hunt is an oral participation, vocabulary lesson that facilitates the transfer of reading comprehension to silent reading. I designed and used this activity with adolescent, challenged readers. The readers had scored below the 70th percentile on a state exam. This activity became a research project for the purpose of testing its reliability. Students actually thought of the activity as a vocabulary game; however, their ability to comprehend texts was enhanced after they participated. Comprehension was fostered through locating words in texts, reading orally, listening to themselves and others give meanings of words, and writing word meanings. After students participated orally, they were better able to make meaning when they read silently.

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