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Spelling Mastery

Publisher : SRA McGraw-Hill, 2007

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Spelling Mastery

Assist students to learn dependable spelling skills

Spelling Mastery builds dependable spelling skills for students in grades 1-6 through a highly structured direct instruction method that blends the following approaches:

Phonemic approach - helps beginning spellers learn the relationships between spoken sounds and written letters and then apply them to spelling

Morphemic approach - exposes advanced spellers to prefixes, bases, and suffixes

Whole-word approach - gives spellers at all levels the meaning and root of a word and shows how the word's spelling is influenced.

Spelling Mastery interweaves these three approaches according to students' skill development and provides straightforward lessons to help efficiently and effectively teach the spelling skills students need to become proficient readers and writers.

Explicit instruction, careful selection of spelling words, and repeated and cumulative practice help students master each concept and reinforce and retain key information.

Spelling Mastery Placement Tests (update as of 2018)

Key Features

  • Age: 5-13 (Grade Levels 1–6)
  • Only 15-20 minutes per lesson
  • Concentrated strategy instruction reduces the number of words students must memorise
  • Systematic review of every skill, pattern and rule ensures long-term retention
  • Can be used with individuals or whole classes
  • Effective with advanced, average, academically challenged learners and English Language Learners.

Sample Lessons
Click on a Grade level below to view a sample lesson from the Teacher Presentation Book and Student Workbook.

Placement Test
Placement tests help determine which level of Spelling Mastery is appropriate for a student.  To assist in placing your students at the correct level, please follow the link below.

Research Base

  • Research on Teaching Children to Spell
    This article shows the extensive research base of Spelling Mastery. Spelling Mastery is distinct from many other approaches to teaching spelling. It has demonstrated substantial effects on the spelling development of children.

Other Scientific Research and Articles

Each level of Spelling Mastery has been mapped to the National Curriculum for Australia. Click the links below to download the Mapping Documents: