Capstone/Dissertation Title

Spelling for intermediate fourth grade English language learners

Term

2006

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Abstract

This capstone investigates the theory and practice of teaching spelling, culminating in a comprehensive, year-long, week-by-week spelling curriculum tailored to meet the needs of fourth grade ELLs (English language learners). The research of Schlagal, Templeton, Invernizzi & Hayes, and other experts in the field of orthography heavily influenced this capstone. Areas of investigation include developmental stages of spelling, the relationship between spelling, reading, writing, and phonics, research-based spelling principles and activities, and the needs of English language learners. Key findings include the need for: leveled spelling regular, systematic teaching of spelling the use of high frequency words word lists organized by orthographic principle progressing from simpler to more complex and the integration of phonics and spelling during instruction. The result is a spelling program tied to Hampton-Brown's (1996) Reading Basics curriculum.

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