Once in middle school, spelling is typically lumped with other English conventions when evaluated – this includes standardized tests. The reality is, however, that spelling matters. The same knowledge that makes for good spelling - the connection between letters and sounds - is the foundation to reading and writing. This blog post makes the case for continued spelling instruction in middle school.
This post contains the slides to a Face Book Live video posted at the Rooster's Teaching Resources Face Book page on March 14, 2020. These slides are specific to American Samoa, but are relevant to any 8th grade through junior high school student.
Did you know that over 60% of all English words have Latin or Greek roots? You can not teach every word, but you can teach word roots that help unlock the meaning of multiple words. This post discusses the benefits of learning Latin and Greek roots and provides teaching strategies and ideas that support the learning of these roots.