Functional Spelling

Functional Spelling provides alternate spelling words for students who have already demonstrated mastery of traditional spelling words on a pre-test. Throughout the week, individual students maintain and add to a list of words that they misspell in their writing or words that they encounter that they do not understand. This list then becomes their spelling words for the week. This idea could be adapted to functional writing--in which students’ grammar/language activities center on their mistakes in daily writing--or functional vocabulary, in which students learn the unfamiliar words that they encounter in their reading.