2022 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium

44. Spelling Instruction that Sticks

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Session Dates

Wednesday June 15, 2022 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Webinar

With typical spelling instruction, students are given a list of words to study at the beginning of the week. They complete a few activities during the week and take a test at the end of the week. While this works for some students, others consistently fail the spelling test, and their failure to grasp basic spelling principles is evident in their writing. Effective spelling instruction starts with matching sounds to letters and moves to understanding morphology. Students learn to spell better when spelling patterns are emphasized. Students who are not natural spellers need instruction that specifically teaches pronunciation of the word, ties spelling to the pronunciation, and that, when appropriate, focuses on meaningful word parts. This session includes focused activities and practice that lead to accurate spelling not only on Friday’s spelling test but also in students’ written assignments. (k-5)

Target Audience

Elementary Educators, Secondary Educators, Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Practitioners, School Leaders/Administrators, Reading Specialists, Teachers of English Language Learners, Literacy Coaches, Instructional Support Team Members, School Psychologists, Pre-Service Teachers, Higher Education Instructors, Paraprofessionals, and Families

Topics Covered: Literacy

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Kelly Kapp, at 717-901-2271, or kkapp@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



Linda Farrell

Event Contact:


Kelly Kapp

Content Contact:

Pam Kastner

Additional Info

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