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 1.  Print awareness
 2.  The sounds of speech
 3.  Phonemic awareness
 4.  Phonics
 5.  Informal classroom-based assessment
 6.  Fluency
 7.  Vocabulary
 8.  Spelling
 9.  Writing
 10.  Text comprehension

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Module 8  –  Spelling

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1. A child who writes the letter L for the word hippopotamus is in which of Gentry's stages of spelling development?
a. precommunicative stage
b. early stage
c. phonetic stage
d. none of the above

2. Spellers:
a. only memorize correct letter sequences
b. are born with the ability to memorize letter-sound sequences
c. advance through stages in their spelling development
d. none of the above

3. Invented spelling:
a. is a sound-letter approach to spelling
b. allows for a child to apply their knowledge about phonemes and letters
c. is a part of a child's development as a speller
d. all of the above

4. Spelling instruction should include:
a. instruction on letter-sound correspondence and sequence (e.g., in the word mat each sound represents one letter)
b. instruction on pattern in words (e.g., the CVC pattern represents short vowel sounds, like in the word bat)
c. instruction on groups of letters that aid in the meaning of the word
d. all of the above

5. Invented spelling:
a. plays a role in spelling instruction
b. should not be included in spelling instruction
c. is the same as standard spelling
d. none of the above

6. Word study:
a. allows students to investigate and understand patterns
b. asks students to memorize rules and principles
c. is a program where all students study the same words
d. all of the above

7. According to Gentry, which child is in the phonetic stage of spelling development?
a. Abby, who spells cake correctly
b. Jonathan, who spells his as hiz
c. Molly, who spells her name with a T
d. Michael, who places random marks on a page

8. One way to ascertain students' progress in the area of spelling development is by ________:
a. giving random spelling tests
b. having the class read aloud
c. analyzing students' writing
d. none of the above

9. Which teacher is instructing her children on the meaning of words?
a. Ms. Carpenter, who teaches her children common long vowel patternssuch as -ake and -ite.
b. Ms. Stone, who teaches her students about how adding the prefix re- creates a new word.
c. Ms. Taylor, who teachers her students words with l-blends
d. none of the above

10. Spelling instruction should include information on ___________.
a. letter-sound associations
b. spelling patterns
c. word meanings
d. all of the above

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