Capstone/Dissertation Title

Instructional spelling strategies that promote third grade students' spelling development

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed was, how do third grade students develop as proficient spellers and what instructional strategies most impact this development? The motivating factor for this capstone was the struggle with teaching spelling in the elementary classroom. This capstone includes research on spelling instruction, with findings of the need for teaching spelling developmentally. The key influences of this work were that of Bear, Invernizzi, Templeton, and Johnston (2004) from their series Words Their Way. The method of study was qualitative research, employing the curriculum framework of Wiggins and McTighe (1998). This capstone includes a curriculum, modeling what a week of spelling instruction could look like in a developmental spelling classroom.

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