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ERIC Number: ED377445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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The Integrated Spelling Curriculum.
Ediger, Marlow
The traditional spelling curriculum emphasized that pupils learn to spell a specific set of words through memorization. However, major problems existed pertaining to using that method of teaching. Pupils soon forgot the correct spelling of memorized words. Educational psychologists have long advocated that pupils perceive knowledge as being related, rather than isolated. Thus spelling needs to be stressed as the writing need evolves. There are numerous ways of implementing a functional philosophy of teaching spelling. Teachers, for instance, might guide their students in writing business letters (not to be graded) to be to mailed for a real purpose. Letters could be composed by individual students or by groups of students. This exercise would not only familiarize the students with the form of the letter but also help them realize that writing accomplishes a purpose--and that purpose may not be accomplished if their writing cannot be understood because of misspelled words. Students might also write friendly letters to each other; or they might brainstorm together to compose an announcement to be sent to their parents. Writing poetry or folklore or composing a class dictionary are also possibilities and offer the same opportunities for learning the importance of correct spelling. (TB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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