Once again, Richard Gentry revolutionizes how you think about spelling instruction. The Science of Spelling breaks down preconceptions and misconceptions about how kids learn to spell, making startling new connections between orthography and literacy. Think that reading builds strong spellers? Through up-to-the-moment research, Gentry reveals that the opposite is true, that children use early spelling cognition to break the reading code. In fact, you'll discover that spelling is no longer a sidebar of writing and revision instruction, but a crucial strategy for teaching every aspect of literacy to all readers and writers.
Best of all, Gentry's research also leads to new, powerful implications about the teaching of spelling, and he offers techniques and insight that will change your lesson planning, including how-tos for:
- identifying, through spelling, what level of emergent writing a student has attained
- using scaffolding, hand and finger spelling, letter boxes, and other instructional devices appropriately
- managing word lists and word sorts
- differentiating spelling instruction and assessment
- evaluating spelling books and finding alternatives to traditional spelling resources
- teaching phonemic awareness and phonics through spelling.
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 13 Years|
About the Author
A former struggling speller himself, J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., has authored three books and a video on the topic with Heinemann, including My Kid Can't Spell (1996), Teaching Kids to Spell (1992), Spel...Is a Four-Letter Word (1989), and Richard Gentry on Spelling (1992), as well as numerous articles in academic journals and textbooks for school-age children. A former elementary teacher and university professor, Gentry is a Heinemann Professional Development provider and has lectured and conducted workshops on literacy and spelling throughout the world. Visit http://JRichardGentry.com for additional information about Richard Gentry and his work.
Table of Contents
Discovery # 1: There Is a Neurological Basis for Spelling
Discovery # 2: The Emergence of Spelling Ability and Ability to Spell Words Correctly and Automatically Are Different
Discovery # 3: You Can Recognize Five Levels of Emergent Writing, Match Your Teaching Strategies to the Child's Level, and Greatly Improve the Quality of Your Literacy Instruction
Discovery # 4: You Need Good Quality Instructional Resources for Teaching Spelling - The Goodness and Evils of Spelling Books and Alternative Approaches
Discovery # 5: There Is One Best Way to Teach Spelling - Assess and Teach Each Individual - Hooray for Spelling Books!
Discovery # 6: The Spelling Pathway to Literacy Is Powerful and Humane
Discovery # 7: The Pattern and Consistency to English Spelling Can Be Taught with a Teacher-Modified Curriculum
Postscript: Make a Commitment - Spelling Matters
Appendix A: The Monster Test
Appendix B: Word Sorts