As students think, compose and explore a topic, spelling
may not matter, but spelling does matter when clear communication is needed and
when the work will be shared with others.
When Spelling Matters shows teachers how to nurture
writers and build students confidence in their ability to write and spell well.
It argues that children learn to spell by investigating how words work and
recognising the unique structure and patterns of words. Based on the belief
that students need multiple strategies to help them spell, this practical book
offers a series of explicit lessons that address the developmental nature of
spelling and encourage students to apply their growing word knowledge to their
own writing and editing.
This remarkable book emphasises that spelling is not a
low-level rote-memory activity but a high-level cognitive skill. It offers simple
strategies that focus on problem solving with words. It also includes many
suggestions for inspiring students and prompting them to write, think about
words and solve word problems.
When Spelling Matters is committed to nurturing
students who love words, are inspired by metaphors and word origins, and see
language as a valuable resource to be explored deeply. This love of language
will enable students to have something to say when they write, and they will
produce pieces of writing that are worth editing, reading and sharing.