44. Spelling Instruction that Sticks | 2022 Literacy Symposium

Speaking: Linda Farrell

Access all of the sessions at https://pattanliteracysymposium22.sched.com/ 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.