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Fall 2021


Finding a purposeful way to teach spelling can be challenging. There are different strategies, interventions, and opinions about spelling instruction. Teachers often struggle with confidence and knowledge about metalinguistics and therefore stick to traditional ways of teaching spelling. This study uses the spelling inventory from Words Their Way spelling curriculum to develop differentiated spelling groups. Students used word sorting strategies to learn spelling patterns and transfer spelling to their writing. Students were able to transfer their orthographic knowledge and spelling patterns to their everyday writing. The purpose of this action research project is to prove Word Their Way is an effective and authentic spelling curriculum that allows students to transfer spelling skills to other writing pieces.

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