What Really Matters in Spelling Research-Based Strategies and Activities

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2/1/2011
  • Publisher: Pearson
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A part of them What Really Matters series, this book offers a focused explanation of spelling and the most important strategies teachers can use so their students become good spellers and better communicators.

Featuring a trusted author team and compact design, What Really Matters in Spelling: Research-Based Strategies and Activities discusses why spelling matters and its relationship to the entire reading process.

Chapters progress sequentially, grouping words (100 at a time) by spelling patterns and complexity. With an emphasis on best practice, the book explains how to use a classroom word wall, identifies the 100 most common words and patterns, and examines ways to develop sophisticated, independent spellers.

"Cunningham explicitly outlines the necessary steps for introducing 100 key words per school year and offers engaging activities for classroom teachers to help all of their students become great spellers. This is exactly what classroom teachers are looking for: step-by-step spelling instruction that is meaningful and relevant to their studentsí needs." - Shanalee Cannon, K-5 Literacy, Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program, North Las Vegas, NV

"I liked the point on page 62 about if your student can spell the first 100 words, they should really be able to spell over 600 based on those patterns. This is very interesting and useable information for a classroom teacher and would be great information to share with students learning to spell." - Mary Schroepfer, McKinley Elementary, Owatonna, MN

"Yes, I would recommend this book for professional development as well because in speaking with many of the teachers it seems that studentsí writing has become a sore spot in the classroom. It seems that no matter how much writing you incorporate in your classroom, students are still misspelling common words that make their writing difficult to read. There is definite need for this program and if it proves to be successful I am sure the books will fly off the shelf." - Karen Berecsky, Second Grade Teacher, Mill Lake, Monroe, NJ

Author Biography

Patricia Cunningham grew up in Rhode Island. For seven years, after graduating from The University of Rhode Island, she taught a variety of elementary grades in Florida and Indiana.  She received her Ph. D in Reading Education from the University Of  Georgia in 1974.  After teaching at Ohio University and serving as Director of Reading for Alamance Co., North Carolina Schools, she came to Wake Forest University to direct the Elementary Education program in 1978.  Pat’s particular interest has always been in finding alternative ways to teach children for whom learning to read is difficult.  Reading and Writing in Elementary Classrooms, first published in 1978, is currently in its fourth edition.   In 1991, She published Phonics they Use:  Words for Reading and Writing, which is currently available in its fourth edition.  Along with Richard Allington, She published Classrooms that Work and Schools that Work.  Along with Dorothy Hall, she developed the Four Blocks Literacy framework, which is currently used as the balanced literacy framework in thousand of classrooms throughout the country.  She and Dorothy Hall are co-directors of the Four Blocks Literacy Center, which is housed at Wake Forest University.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Spelling Matters

Chapter Two: Building and Using a Classroom Word Wall

Chapter Three: Teaching the 100 Most Common Words and Patterns

Chapter Four: More Common Patterns and Words Including Common Contractions and Homophones

Chapter Five: Developing a Visual Checking Sense

Chapter Six: Building Meaning, Phonics and Spelling Skills for Big Words

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