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Started by Amy Millar 23 May 2014 9:26am () Replies (2)

Hey, I'm just wondering what sort of spelling programme people have in place for their Year 5- 8 students and what the benefits and pitfalls of these are. Our junior school currently uses Joy Alcock but this does not meet the needs of many of our senior students.

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  • Susan McMillan (View all users posts) 23 May 2014 10:44am ()

    Hi Amy 

    Google Aussie Stephen Graham (there are two) and Louisa Moats for a start.

    Phonics and spelling are not commercial programmes.  They are about understanding the alphabetic principle.

    Graham writes about using phonology, visual knowledge, morphology and etymology to construct a spelling programme suited to the needs of individuals and attending to the cross-curricula demands of the classroom programme.  One of the links will give access to a load of activities that focus on each of the four knowledges.  Lousia Moats writes about the need for teacher knowledge about language structure and how spelling supports reading among other things.

    Spelling is such a fascinating area!  Word sorts also enable kids to see patterns and identify rules - See Invernizzi, Johnston, Bear & Templeton.  (Look Inside on Amazon.) Also Patricia Cunningham 'Making Words' and Timothy Rasinski for  understanding how words work.

    Gentry also writes about the developmental stages of spelling.

    Have fun.

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