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Getting Started with Spelling

I have my SHS students study 15-20 words. Students are expected to be able to write their assigned words with perfect spelling and capitalization. Two extra-credit bonus words are also provided.

Administering Spelling Tests:

I have the students number a piece of paper 1-20 and then read the words and bonus words aloud to the students. The words are given out-of-order from the study list. I usually say the word, use it in a sentence, and repeat just the word again, before moving on to the next word. Each of the words is also repeated after the entire list has been given.

Scoring Spelling Tests:

When scoring the test, each of the 20 words are worth one point. They must be spelled correctly, and should only be capitalized if they are a proper noun or proper adjective.

Challenge/bonus words will be counted as one extra-credit point if they are correctly spelled, but will not count against a student if they are incorrectly spelled. Students should be encouraged to always try the bonus words.

Below are links to general resources that will enhance your spelling.

*Note: It is VERY important that students learn good dictionary skills with the printed dictionary and thesaurus. Limit online or electronic dictionary and thesaurus use to no more than 50% of a student's dictionary use.