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ERIC Number: ED417376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Spelling and the Language Arts.
Ediger, Marlow
Pupils need to become good spellers to communicate effectively with others. Pupils should understand the meaning of words to be mastered before studying their spelling. Teachers need to provide a variety of learning opportunities to assist pupils in learning to spell words correctly. Pupils should develop a definite methodology in learning to spell words. Pupils need to perceive reasons for learning to spell a given set of words. The spelling curriculum should be as individualized as possible. Creativity should be stressed in pupils learning to spell words. Although not recently developed, the Dolch list of 220 words has merit because the words are commonly used by pupils in everyday reading and writing. Selected cautions that teachers need to be aware of when teaching spelling include: do not "go overboard" on phonics; many words in spelling textbooks may not be truly useful for pupils to learn to spell; and too often pupils are taught as if all possess readiness for the same number of words to be mastered in spelling. Computer use is one way to strengthen teaching and learning of spelling. Illegible handwriting may be a major cause for incorrect spelling of words. There needs to be a proper balance among understandings, skills, and attitudinal objectives in handwriting instruction. Good handwriting that is legible needs to be stressed throughout the different curriculum areas. Improved communication results when quality spelling and handwriting are involved. Spelling and handwriting skills can best be developed in context within the writing activity. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary