Students will learn the major principles and patterns of English spelling, learn reliable spelling strategies that they can apply to both familiar and unfamiliar words, master words that are most commonly misspelled, and become aware of the rich network of spelling-meaning relationships that can extend their vocabulary.
Every Monday students will be assigned one page from their spelling textbook in which they will practice using the spelling pattern of the week. They will also write the definition of each basic word (20 words = 20 definitions). Students will have one week to complete their assignments. Textbook work and definitions will be due the Friday of the week they were assigned. Spelling tests will be multiple choice and will be on most Fridays. Students will need to know the meanings of the basic words.