Spelling Rules Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Help your students learn, review, and practice basic spelling rules with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson outlining ten general spelling rules, discuss and apply each, then play a fun game to help make concepts stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain basic spelling rules
  • identify examples of spelling rules in print
  • spell words correctly


1 hour


  • List of spelling words that use the rules outlined in this lesson
  • Copies of the lesson General English Spelling Rules and accompanying quiz, one for each student
  • Ten pieces of 8 ½ by 11 paper
  • Markers
  • Pencils

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2.b

Spell correctly.


  • Ask students to brainstorm spelling rules that they've learned in the past and write these rules in their notebooks. Give them 1-2 minutes then have them share. Discuss the rules and ask students how often they think of these rules when spelling and apply them to writing.
  • Tell students they will be learning ten general spelling rules. Distribute the lesson General English Spelling Rules and instruct students to read the section 'Common English Spelling Rules.' Ask:
    • Where do English words come from?
    • What makes having standards spelling rules difficult in English?
  • Divide students into ten groups and assign each one rule from the lesson. Students should read the section on the rule from the lesson and discuss to ensure understanding within the group.
  • Instruct groups to work together to create a rule poster for their rule. Explain that posters should be easy-to-read and include examples, the rule, and an explanation of the rule.
  • As students work, walk around to guide and offer suggestions.
  • When students are finished, have each share their rule poster. Hang in the classroom in a place students will be able to see easily.
  • Now send students to take a close look at the posters with their notebooks. Instruct them to take notes on each rule.
  • Give students a mock-test in which you say words related each rule and have students spell the words in their notebooks, then check for accuracy.
  • When students are finished with their notes and mock-test, have them read the 'Lesson Summary' and ask any remaining questions.

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