Better Spelling Presenter: Krista Hiser Holomua Writing Instructor
Better Spelling • Attitude: Spelling is not the Enemy • WHY you’re a lousy speller • Common patterns of error – What’s Yours? • A Few Rules • What Can You Do?
“Pijin Wawrz” • De tawt hi waz wan a dem. • Big Ben da bichreya. • Hi wen ple ap hiz Loko rutz, bat hi wen put daun his kalchrol heritej. • Aefta da riilekshenz awv 2022 hiz bainaeriz wen go awl balistik aen hiz progaemin kam awl haemajaeng. • Hi wen go mek da maendeit daet dea was tu bi no Pijin in skul watso-evaz. • From Lee Tonouchi’s story “Pijin Wawrz”
Question? • Papah • Pepa • Paeper • Papur
Answer • Greek: papuros
English Spelling is NOT phonetic • It is based on word roots from other languages like • Greek, Latin, and French. • Who decided on spelling?
What’s in a Word • Vowels – open sounds, in pairs or alone • Consonants – closed sounds, often in chunks or pairs • Syllable – a vowel + consonant unit that makes a “beat”
Modalities: • Visual • Auditory • Kinaesthetic
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A few rules… • I before e, except after c • Or when it sounds like “a” • As in neighbor, and weigh. • Weird, Their, and Neither • Aren’t the same either.
A few more rules… • When two vowels go out walking… • The first one says its name, • The second one is silent • (wait, beat)
More vowel rules • Silent “e” is a superletter. When it jumps over a letter, it makes the other vowel say its name. • Wave, Lame
And don’t forget • Every syllable has a vowel
Rules Don’t Work • Successful spellers… Try it Out!
Patterns of error: • Omission • Contraction • Insertion • Transposed (mixed up) • Doubling • Substitution • Homophones • Vowels and vowel pairs
8 Ways towards Better Spelling 1. money back guarantee method: track your errors using “Try it Out” method
8 Ways towards Better Spelling 2. best way: Read and notice words to enhance visual memory
8 Ways towards Better Spelling 3. use words within words and learn word roots
8 Ways towards Better Spelling 4. learn prefix and suffix patterns
8 Ways towards Better Spelling 5. Study words in families (words with “ie”, words that rhyme)
8 Ways towards Better Spelling 6. Latent learning
8 Ways towards Better Spelling 7. spellchecker games
8 Ways towards Better Spelling 8. choose personal words to learn
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