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American Spirit: Spelling You See Level E

American Spirit: Spelling You See Level E

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Get ready for a different kind of spelling lesson, with no tests, lists, or rote memorization. It’s a win-win for instructors and students. New to Spelling You See? Use the Checklist for Success to determine exactly what you need.

American Spirit continues to guide students through the Skill Development Stage. Students will read about various people and events from American history, with a gradually increasing reading level. At the same time, the emphasis on the mastery of everyday words continues, building a strong foundation for the next stage of spelling.

This level:

  • Features nonfiction stories about people and events from American history
  • Involves the three core activities for Spelling You See:
    • chunking – provides hands-on experience with English’s many irregular letter patterns
    • copywork – requires the brain to pay attention to details in print
    • dictation – gives the student the opportunity to recall the proper letter patterns from memory
  • Gradually increases in reading level, providing opportunities for vocabulary development and allowing students to learn how to spell words in an interesting context

American Spirit uses Spelling You See’s core activities of marking various letter patterns, copywork, and writing the passages from dictation. Students will read about various people and events from American history. This level is for a student who spells many common words confidently, with an emphasis on the mastery of everyday words and experience with English’s many irregular letter patterns. Remember, the reading passages should be very easy for your student. That is intentional, to allow them to focus on spelling.

      Universal Set E: American Spirit: Spelling You See, includes both the Instructors Handbook and the Student Pack

      Instructors Handbook: The Instructor's Handbook contains an introduction to the philosophy behind Spelling You See and the five development stages of spelling. The Handbook also contains a "Getting Started" guide with an overview of the organization of the 36 lessons and information about the important skills and concepts that will be learned in this level as well as information about the three core activities. At the back of the Handbook there is more information about guided reading, chunking, copywork, dictation, answers to frequently asked questions, and a collection of helpful resources including passages for dictation.

      Student Pack:   The Student Pack includes two student workbooks and a pack of erasable colored pencils. Each of the 36 lessons is divided into five parts, A through E, and includes two facing pages. Each day the instructor reads the passage together with the student. Students will also "chunk" the appropriate letter patterns indicated for that day's lesson and have opportunities for copywork and writing from dictation throughout the week.


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