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You Kan Red This!

You Kan Red This!

Spelling and Punctuation for Whole Language Classrooms, K-6

By Sandra Wilde

Elementary school teachers have begun to rethink how children learn about spelling and punctuation and what the role of the school should be in that process. You Kan Red This! is a comprehensive handbook for K-6 teachers that answers questions like these:

  • How can I integrate spelling and punctuation into writing?
  • How do I know if my students are learning and improving?
  • Can (or should) I throw out the spelling books?
  • How can I show that invented spelling works?
  • When, if ever, should I tell kids how to spell words?
  • Are there ways to focus on spelling and punctuation that won't be boring?

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Elementary school teachers have begun to rethink how children learn about spelling and punctuation and what the role of the school should be in that process. You Kan Red This! is a comprehensive handbook for K-6 teachers that answers questions like these:

  • How can I integrate spelling and punctuation into writing?
  • How do I know if my students are learning and improving?
  • Can (or should) I throw out the spelling books?
  • How can I show that invented spelling works?
  • When, if ever, should I tell kids how to spell words?
  • Are there ways to focus on spelling and punctuation that won't be boring?

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Contents

Contents:
I. Understanding Spelling and Punctuation
1. Introduction 2. Spelling and Punctuation: How They Work and How They're Learned 3. Patterns of Growth in Spelling and Punctuation: Young Writers Show Us What They Know II. Spelling and Punctuation in the Classroom 4. Spelling and Punctuation in the Life of the Classroom 5. Building a Knowledge Base in Spelling 6. Developing Spelling Strategies 7. Learning to Punctuate 8. Spelling and Punctuation Across the Curriculum 9. Evaluation, Grading, Parents, and Administrators 10. Conclusion