1st Edition

Super Spellers Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction

By Mark Weakland Copyright 2017

    Many teachers are frustrated with how spelling is traditionally taught and finding the time to support young spellers with explicit strategy instruction. Author Mark Weakland developed Super Spellers: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction, an approach to teaching spelling in a way that is research-based and tied to authentic reading and writing. Super Spellers helps teachers understand what their students need through frequent formative assessments. The book focuses on the scope of spelling instruction and teaching spelling strategies to increase students' word-solving skills. Once kids are comfortable and competent spellers they become super readers and writers, too. In addition to step-by-step guidance, each chapter features an If you only have 10 minutes lesson plan segment. The appendix contains word inventories, a sample scope and sequence, examples of spelling list transformation, and word ladder activities.

    Introduction; Chapter 1: Understand Theory and Practice; Chapter 2: Assess Spelling Knowledge; Chapter 3: Focus Scope and Sequence; Chapter 4: Bring More Words; Chapter 5: Teach Strategies; Chapter 6: Teach Activities; Chapter 7: Build Opportunities; Epilogue


    Mark Weakland is a Pennsylvania-based literacy coach and consultant with 23 years in public education as a 4th and 5th grade learning support teacher, reading consultant, and Title I reading specialist, K-6.  He is the author of resource books for teachers and more than 65 books for children, as well as the creator of various award-winning music projects. Follow him on Twitter @MarkWeakland and visit his website at www.MarkWeaklandLiteracy.com.