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ERIC Number: ED380779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 19
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Word Sort: An Alternative to Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary.
Abouzeid, Mary Pyman; And Others
By using the Developmental Spelling Analysis, based on the spelling inventories developed at the University of Virginia, teachers can screen students for their present stages of word knowledge in an easy-to-administer format. The planning of developmentally appropriate activities for spelling instruction depends upon informed teachers who come to terms with the specific needs of a group of 20 to 30 students. Kim, Tiffany, and Ian were third graders when they were first administered the inventory. Kim was a prime candidate for the earliest word sort activity, the categorization of picture cards by sound. Tiffany was an advanced "within word pattern" speller. What she needed was time to study, examine, and talk about other orthographic patterns of long vowels. Based on the Developmental Spelling Analysis, Ian's teacher knew that she had to design instruction that extended his vowel study to two syllable words. Ian, Tiffany, and Kim were assessed weekly as well as periodically throughout the school year for their growth as spellers. Thoughtful teachers can, through assessment, pinpoint children's present theories about how words work and then design instruction using word sorts, word hunts, and other variations of word study that encourage children to achieve the highest levels of critical thinking. (Contains 17 references and three figures illustrating aspects of the Developmental Spelling Analysis technique.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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