Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Topic: Spelling

10-second review: 54% of students when asked how they spell, said they sounded the words out. The author of a book on spelling says to conduct mini-lessons on spelling based on students’ writing their own spelling histories. However, the reviewer of this book gives very general descriptions of what the mini-lessons consist of. Not helpful. You have to buy the book.

Title: “They Still Can’t Spell? Understanding and Supporting Challenged Spellers in Middle and High School.” Rebecca Bowers Sipe. 2003. Portsmouth, NH: Heniemann. 175 pp. Reviewed by HM Miller. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (September 2004), 85-86.

Summary: Begins by having students write spelling histories and by using the writing in these spelling histories to understand the patterns of misspelling to use in mini-lessons.

Comment: The idea of having students write spelling histories is interesting. In this blog, May 13, 2009 to May 20, 2009, I explain a complete spelling program, including “invented spelling”; computer spelling checkers; in addition to sounding out, visualizing the correct spelling of words frequently misspelled; a complete list of frequently misspelled words by category; and ways to make spelling tests rewarding and even fun. RayS.

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