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Old 12-06-2015, 08:15 PM
 
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Anyone using a No Excuse Spelling Word List?
If so, how did you implement it? If not, what
would you recommend for 7 & 8 yr. olds to
improve spelling in their writing?
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Ha! I'm trying to use one! They are "fighting" me tooth and nail. I have it available (on their clipboards in their desks). I "mandate" that they use it. I also have a word wall! They STILL don't use either of those with any consistency or thought!

This is my 1st year in 2nd grade, so will be anxious to hear what others have to say. 2nd is so different than 3rd (imo) when it comes to spelling accuracy within their writing!
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My question is what do you do if they don't follow the list?

I teach 4th and have a No Excuse writing list. It has thing like writing is legible, all sentences start with a capital letter, having ending punctuation, etc. This is surprisingly quite hard for my class. When I'm proofreading and I see it, I simply say "Go work on this. I won't look at it until you're following the no excuse list." But they still don't follow it!
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I would circle the "no excuses" words that are misspelled and have them correct them. Don't grade the work till that is done. Kids can stay in from recess or lunch or after school or lose free reading time or however you give kids extra time to complete unfinished work...or take it home for homework. Eventually they will figure out that it is less trouble to do it right the first time.

Eventually they can underline the "no excuses" words in the work and check them on their own before they turn in the work., maybe...

Inevitably, it will turn out to be more work for you than for them, at least for awhile.
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Thanks to all for your replies!
I'm not sure that changing to a "no excuse" list
is going to yield the desired improvements, though
I may add checking a spelling list as a step prior
to my editing their work with standard proofreading
marks. We'll see if things improve!


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