What is Word Study?

 

What Word Study Is

 

What Word Study Is Not

A perspective that suggests English is a predictable, even logical, language with exceptions. These exceptions are also consistence and logical when examined in connection with other words and influences

 

A perspective that suggests that the English language is not predictable and is beyond comprehension

 

An approach to spelling that encourages the examination of groups of words for similarities and differences; a way of looking at words and word parts

 

An approach to spelling that encourages the rote memorization of rules and exceptions

 

Small-group instruction that is assessment-based and tailored to students’ instructional spelling level

 

Whole-group, one-side-fits-all instruction in which all students study the same spelling curriculum

 

Spelling lists are differentiated according to students’ instructional levels and reflect both a comparison of sound or features and a predictable progression of spelling development as evidenced by research

 

Spelling lists are organized by conceptual themes, grade level expectations, or single features

 

Instruction in which students categorize, manipulate, and examine word sounds, patterns, meaning and word structures in order to form generalizations about words

 

Instruction in which the teacher explains the spelling rule or feature for memorization

 

Activities that promote the analysis of vocabulary words

 

Rote activities that encourage visual memory and repetition

 

Integrated into a balanced literacy program

 

Taught as a separate spelling program

 

Classrooms and teachers who encourage interest in words through reading aloud, vocabulary discussion, word study activities, and bulletin boards

 

Classrooms and teachers who consider vocabulary and spelling activities as assignments to be completed

 

What Word Study Is

A perspective that suggests English is a predictable, even logical, language with exceptions. These exceptions are also consistence and logical when examined in connection with other words and influences

An approach to spelling that encourages the examination of groups of words for similarities and differences; a way of looking at words and word parts

Small-group instruction that is assessment-based and tailored to students’ instructional spelling level

Spelling lists are differentiated according to students’ instructional levels and reflect both a comparison of sound or features and a predictable progression of spelling development as evidenced by research

Instruction in which students categorize, manipulate, and examine word sounds, patterns, meaning and word structures in order to form generalizations about words

Activities that promote the analysis of vocabulary words

Integrated into a balanced literacy program

Classrooms and teachers who encourage interest in words through reading aloud, vocabulary discussion, word study activities, and bulletin boards

What Word Study Is Not

A perspective that suggests that the English language is not predictable and is beyond comprehension

An approach to spelling that encourages the rote memorization of rules and exceptions

Whole-group, one-side-fits-all instruction in which all students study the same spelling curriculum

Spelling lists are organized by conceptual themes, grade level expectations, or single features

Instruction in which the teacher explains the spelling rule or feature for memorization

Rote activities that encourage visual memory and repetition

Taught as a separate spelling program

Classrooms and teachers who consider vocabulary and spelling activities as assignments to be completed