Many people have questioned the importance of teaching spelling in an age when our computers and our phones often have spelling checkers and suggested words always available. Of course, these gadgets can suggest and approve words that are totally inappropriate to the context, frequently with comical results. There is an underlying question about the significance of spelling skills for literacy, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and writing skills. This article summarizes the research underling the question of how spelling skills, such as automaticity, build reading fluency and comprehension. It addresses the question of the research base for the activities provided by SpellingCity.com.
The article is reprinted with permission by Diane E. Nies, Manager of Professional Development and Publications, The International Dyslexia Association. Granted in writing, April 9, 2009. Original source: the International Dyslexia Association quarterly newsletter, Perspectives, Winter, 2002, vol. 28, no. 1, pages 9-14. Signed SpelliingCity Mayor.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Spelling and Special Needs
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