The Broader Reach of Spelling Instruction

Without automatic spelling expertise it’s very difficult to write with fluency and cogency even if the student has a high level of reasoning skill and oral expression.

–Gentry & Ouellette, 2019

Taken from Dr. Gentry’s latest Stenhouse book, BrainWords, Chapter 7 provides tools for weekly word work study lessons including self-testing, how questions, why questions, mixed practice, and distributed practice, as well as five traditional best practices that are newly supported by current research.

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Better Spelling Means Better Reading and Writing

Research shows that spelling is a foundational skill for reading success. Literacy expert Dr. Gentry has brought together the evidence to support this and to show how the learning techniques used in Spelling Connections are the most effective and meaningful way to teach spelling.

Read “Current Research on Spelling Instruction,” Dr. Gentry’s summary of the scholarship demonstrating that a multi-strategy spelling approach forges powerful connections to reading and writing.

The Importance of Teaching Spelling and Handwriting

Students need to master reading and writing skills to succeed in any subject—not just language arts. These findings are demonstrated in this white paper “Creating Better Readers and Writers: The Importance of Direct, Systematic Spelling and Handwriting Instruction in Improving Performance.”

  • The knowledge of spelling depends on the same language abilities as reading, writing, and vocabulary development.
  • Spelling instruction increases the depth and complexity of students’ writing with both increased vocabulary and engagement of higher-order thinking skills.
  • In a technology-driven world, spelling skills are more necessary than ever to communicate with precision and accuracy.