Ch 7: Spelling: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2B

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Work with your students on spelling rules in these videos covering everything from general spelling to using prefixes and suffixes. Do the activities with your students to get started with this material.

Standard: Spell correctly. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.2.B)

About This Chapter

English spelling can be a difficult topic to teach, but with these fun videos your students will get the skinny on what rules we do have, particularly when modifying base nouns and verbs. After watching these videos your students will more accurately spell unfamiliar words and understand how to work with hyphens. The topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Spelling rules for plural nouns
  • Rules covering doubling/dropping letters
  • Spelling rules for prefixes, suffixes, and endings
  • General spelling rules
  • Rules for combining words
  • Working with homonyms and homophones
  • Using and interpreting hyphenation conventions
  • Strategies for spelling correctly in written work

You will be able to measure your students' proficiency in this area as their spelling error rates drop in their written exercises. They will demonstrate increased awareness of spelling conventions as they spot, describe, and correct spelling mistakes during the proofreading process.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Do these activities with your students to apply the lessons in the videos as you watch them.

Extreme spelling bee

This activity is a twist on the classic competitive spelling event. Watch the videos on spelling rules in class, then have your students compete by giving them a word and requiring them to spell the word in a modified form. For example, you might give a student the word 'practice' and ask them spell it in gerund form: 'practicing.'

Homophone or homograph (or both)?

Test your student's understanding of words that sound alike by providing a list of homonyms and having students identify which are homophones and which are homographs. In a Scattergory-style competitive variant, break the class into small groups and have each come up with as many homonyms as they can in a minute. Award no points for using the examples from the video, but double points for words that are both homophonic and homographic, such as 'rose.'

Hyphenation homework

Watch the video explaining hyphens in class. Then have students decode a list of sentences which are made confusing by a lack of hyphens, such as the 'hot water bottle' example in the video. Have students come up with a few sentences of their own.

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: Spelling: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2B
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English Spelling Rules for Plural Nouns

1. English Spelling Rules for Plural Nouns

Our world is filled with nouns. For such an important part of speech, it is vital to follow the right spelling rules. In this lesson, we will discuss the rules for spelling plural nouns.

English Spelling Rules for Doubling & Dropping Letters

2. English Spelling Rules for Doubling & Dropping Letters

In this lesson, you'll learn the spelling rules associated with doubling letters. You'll also learn how to correctly drop letters when changing the form of a word. Then you can test your new skills with a short quiz.

English Spelling Rules for Prefixes

3. English Spelling Rules for Prefixes

Adding a prefix to a word changes that word's meaning. In this lesson, you'll learn how to spell words correctly when adding prefixes, and you'll have a chance to test yourself with a short quiz.

English Spelling Rules for Suffixes & Endings

4. English Spelling Rules for Suffixes & Endings

Suffixes change much about words, including the spelling. This lesson outlines some of the guidelines for using suffixes, ensuring correct spelling of the word.

General English Spelling Rules

5. General English Spelling Rules

In this lesson, we detail just a few of the numerous general spelling rules in the English language, while also taking note of the exceptions to each guideline.

Determining When to Combine Words

6. Determining When to Combine Words

This lesson highlights some of the common mistakes we make with combining words or deciding to separate them. You will get the lowdown on the rules to use to get them right and test your knowledge in a quiz.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

7. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions

8. How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions

In this lesson, we will define hyphens, discuss the rules for using a hyphen correctly, and then explain why a hyphen is important for clarity in your writing.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

9. Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to have correct spelling in your writing. We will then discuss some tips to be sure you are using correct spelling.

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