ERIC Number: ED444156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Making and Writing Words Using Letter Patterns.
This article introduces Making and Writing Words Using Letter Patterns (MWW-LP), a variation of the popular Making Words word study and spelling instructional activity. Research indicates that proficient readers use knowledge of letter patterns such as onsets, rimes, and affixes to decode unknown words. The MWW-LP activity uses such letter patterns as building blocks for examining and making words. Steps involved in planning a MWW-LP lesson include: (1) select a multisyllabic foundation word and identify its letter patterns and individual letters, writing those letters and patterns on the MWW-LP form; (2) choose additional letters and patterns; (3) plan a series of words to be made from the letters and patterns; (4) devise semantic, syntactic, and structural clues to aid students in identifying the words; (5) identify transfer words which students could decode and spell using the letter patterns; and (6) plan extension activities using the letters, patterns, and word sets. The fast-paced and supportive structure of MWW-LP keeps the activity lively and enjoyable while giving students practice and insight in learning about new words in their reading. (Contains 10 references and 4 figures. Additional sample lessons and a blank MWW-LP form are attached.) (EF)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Learning Activities, Phonics, Reading Instruction, Spelling, Word Recognition, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.