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What Really Matters in Spelling: Research-Based Strategies and Activities, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Patricia M. Cunningham

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 19, 2011

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A part of the What Really Matters series, this book offers a focused explanation of spelling and the most important strategies teachers can use so their students become good spellers and better communicators.


Featuring a trusted author team and compact design, What Really Matters in Spelling: Research-Based Strategies and Activities discusses why spelling matters and its relationship to the entire reading process. Chapters progress sequentially, grouping words (100 at a time) by spelling patterns and complexity. With an emphasis on best practice, the book explains how to use a classroom word wall, identifies the 100 most common words and patterns, and examines ways to develop sophisticated, independent spellers.


Written by the authors you know and trust, each of the books in the What Really Matters series offers a succinct presentation of what matters most when teaching different aspects of the reading process. With a thought-provoking, rich presentation, Pat Cunningham and Dick Allington explore complex issues teachers of reading face in today’s classrooms and bring each of the topics to life. These brief and inexpensive books are written in a lively narrative with clear organization, exceptional pedagogy, and special features. Their friendly design and compact size make the books accessible, convenient, and easy-to read.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Spelling Matters

Chapter Two: Building and Using a Classroom Word Wall

Chapter Three: Teaching the 100 Most Common Words and Patterns

Chapter Four: More Common Patterns and Words Including Common Contractions and Homophones

Chapter Five: Developing a Visual Checking Sense

Chapter Six: Building Meaning, Phonics and Spelling Skills for Big Words

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$27.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-261232-6