The Center on Instruction (COI) offers a free booklet entitled “Why Teach Spelling?” that addresses why spelling instruction merits quality classroom time, as well as the most effective ways to teach spelling.
You'll also find tables of Common Core State Standards linked to spelling. These tables provide grade-level expectations related to spelling as identified by the Common Core State Standards.
“Why Teach Spelling” also includes a checklist for evaluating spelling programs. This checklist will help you determine whether a particular spelling program aligns with research-based components of efficacy.
Karen Hunter, former Director of Curriculum at Read Naturally, evaluated Read Naturally’s Signs for Sounds spelling program against the COI checklist and found that the program aligns well with the critical components in the checklist.
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