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Templeton, Shane – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Looks at the best ideas for teaching vocabulary, relates them to the not-so-good ideas, and considers what they mean for the future of spelling instruction. Presents 4 "best ideas" and 3 "not-so-good" ideas for spelling instruction. (SG)
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Instructional Improvement, Middle Schools, Spelling Instruction
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Templeton, Shane – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Considers a number of different spelling/meaning patterns that may help students advance their spelling knowledge while strengthening the conceptual connections among known words and providing clues to the meaning of unfamiliar words. Describes ways in which to make spelling/meaning connections. (SG)
Descriptors: Comprehension, Instructional Innovation, Middle Schools, Spelling Instruction
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Templeton, Shane – Voices from the Middle, 2003
Explains that homophones, homographs, and homonyms provide opportunities rather than obstacles in learning. Notes that the verbal art form of puns depends mightily on homophones, homographs, and homonyms. Provides a sampling of resources that explore homophones, homographs, and homonyms. (PM)
Descriptors: Grammar, Middle Schools, Puns, Reading Comprehension
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Templeton, Shane – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Describes for middle school teachers the logic of spelling; how spelling knowledge may be assessed and developed; and how attention to spelling at the middle grades might be organized. Hopes that this broad overview may offer some support in efforts to guide students toward seeing spelling more broadly. (SG)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Instructional Effectiveness, Middle Schools, Spelling Instruction
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Templeton, Shane – Voices from the Middle, 2002
Considers how spelling instruction tends to become much more focused on correcting and rewriting text. Explores how educators can develop students' spelling ability in the middle grades, conceptualizing spelling more broadly than the traditional focus on spelling as part of the editing/proofreading phase of writing. (SG)
Descriptors: Decoding (Reading), Instructional Innovation, Middle Schools, Proofreading