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Shared Spelling Strategies

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Shared Spelling Strategies

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Introduction: 40 minutes; thereafter: 40 minutes per session
Lesson Author

Pete Feely

Champaign, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Calendar Activities

Professional Library



Grades   2 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 14

Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828.

After dividing students into small groups, students play a variation of the game Balderdash to celebrate the publication of Webster's dictionary.


Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 28

National Spelling Bee Finals are held this week.

Students discuss why certain contests get more publicity than others and what counts as "knowledge."


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Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Spelling: From Invention to Strategies

Veteran educator Howard Miller shares a set of strategies that can propel middle school writers (and "inventive" spellers) into the role of being responsible and strategic in this Voices from the Middle article.


Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in Whole Language Classrooms

Laminack and Wood describe, in accessible and lively prose, both the theoretical foundations and the practical details of whole language classrooms.


Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Peek, Peak, Pique: Using Homophones to Teach Vocabulary (and Spelling!)

Argues that regular homophone practice enhances vocabulary knowledge, spelling skills, pronunciation ability, and overall reading proficiency. Describes how card games played with decks of homophones helped to accomplish these things. Notes particular benefits of homophone games to ESL students, and outlines key advantages of using the games.


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