It is important to remember that spelling and opportunities for purposeful writing go hand in hand. Spelling has no purpose outside of writing. Please refer to the Development of Writing section of the website for additional information.
Adapted from First Steps Literacy and the work of Richard Gentry.
Gentry, J. Richard. The Science of Spelling: the Explicit Specifics That Make Great Readers, and Writers (and Spellers!). Heinemann, 2004. This article is available online and has numerous ideas of quality-based spelling instruction.
For more information about the research behind developmental spelling, check out the following sources:
Gentry, J. Richard. "An Analysis of Developmental Spelling in GNYS AT WRK." The Reading Teacher 36 (1982).
Hodges, Richard E. Learning to Spell. Urbana, IL: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills and National Council of Teachers of English, 1981. ED 202 016.
Read, Charles. Children’s Categorization of Speech Sounds in English. Urbana, IL: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills and National Council of Teachers of English; Arlington, VA: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, 1975. ED 112 426.