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The Basic Speller

The Basic Speller is intended as a spelling program for elementary students. It is meant to be introduced in the third grade, though it can be introduced later than that. I began writing it in the late 1970's, working with third grade classes, and later fourth grade classes, at Enatai Elementary School in Bellevue, Washington. I also worked with some teachers from other elementary schools in the area. Since then it has served some unexpected purposes, the first two books being used with learning disabled high school students and in a tutoring program for deaf elementary and middle school students. Its emphasis on pattern, structure, order, and system should make it useful for students with language learning problems.

The Basic Speller consists of eight volumes of 48 lessons each. Each lesson is intended to take about half an hour. About every seventh lesson is a ten-word analytical test. The topics covered are indicated in the Table of Contents (PDF file format... 206 KB) and in the Scope and Sequence (PDF file format... 53 KB) chart. The philosophy underlying the program are laid out in some detail in the Teacher's Introduction (PDF file format... 103 KB).

The sample here includes the following:

  1. Table of Contents (PDF file format... 206 KB) and Scope and Sequence (PDF file format... 56 KB)
  2. A Teacher's Introduction to the Basic Speller (PDF file format... 118 KB)
  3. Book 1, Lesson 1 (PDF file format... 33 KB) (Student's Edition): "Always Vowels: <a>, <e>, <i>, <o>"
  4. Book 1, Lesson 12 (PDF file format... 36 KB) (Student's Edition): "The Consonant Sound [p]"
  5. Book 1, Lesson 32 (PDF file format... 47 KB) (Teacher's Edition): "One Kind of Change: Adding Letters"
  6. Book 2, Lesson 20 (PDF file format... 42 KB) (Student's Edition): "A Second Kind of Change: Deleting Letters"
  7. Book 2, Lesson 28 (PDF file format... 83 KB) (Teacher's Edition): "A Third Kind of Change: Replacing Letters"
  8. Book 3, Lesson 5 (PDF file format... 46 KB) (Teacher's Edition): "A New Word: Stem"
  9. Book 3, Lesson 20 (PDF file format... 56 KB) (Teacher's Edition): "The Vowel Sound Schwa"
  10. Book 4, Lesson 11 (PDF file format... 114 KB) (Teacher's Edition): "The Prefix ‹Ad-"
  11. Book 4, Lesson 40 (PDF file format... 31 KB) (Student's Edition): "When is [p] Spelled <pp>?"
  12. Book 5, Lesson 9 (PDF file format... 52 KB) (Teacher's Edition): "Homophones with [u]"

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