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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of October 9th

posted Oct 9, 2016, 5:55 PM by Courtney Richardson

Expectations for Guided Writing Change Over Time

Your expectations for guided writing will change. In the beginning you'll prompt for mostly phonetic spelling, but as students learn more about how spelling features work, you'll prompt them to apply those features during guided writing. With emergent and early readers (levels A-I) always expect accurate spelling for the sight words you have taught. If they misspell a sight word, write it on the top of their journal, have them practice it, and then have them correct the word in their story. When students are writing a word you haven’t taught them, prompt them to say the word slowly and write the sounds they hear. Prompt them to apply the phonic skills you have taught during word study, such as short vowels, digraphs and blends. As students move to higher levels, teach them to apply the silent e feature, vowel patterns, and inflectional endings. Transitional readers (above level I) should use be encouraged to use spelling resources such as the book and a personal word wall.