In this vignette, the year 10 teacher demonstrates explicit teaching in a lesson about using etymological spelling knowledge to spell when writing and to determine the meaning of words when reading. The teacher determined the need for this lesson when she deconstructed the teaching and learning required before the introduction of a new text.
The teacher establishes, maintains and reviews clear learning goals and expectations for the lesson.
The class participates in a scaffolded learning experience where they practise, synthesise and consolidate learning with peers.
The TeachingACEnglish project was developed by the Department of Education, Training and Employment, Queensland in collaboration with Education Services Australia.
This vignette was filmed at Gordonvale State High School, Queensland.
In the Australian Curriculum: English, the content descriptions about spelling knowledge, understanding and skills from Foundation to year 10 appear in the Language Strand in the sub-strand of Expressing and developing ideas. They progress from an early focus on sound–letter knowledge, spelling rules and knowledge of irregular spelling; to applying spelling knowledge, such as etymological knowledge, to spell unusual and technical words.
Spelling knowledges include graphophonic, morphemic, visual and etymological knowledge. Development of knowledge and evidence of understanding and skills about spelling knowledge is cumulative across the curriculum, from Foundation, where students learn about using onset and rime to spell words; to the secondary years where students use knowledge about word origins and nominalisation to spell words.
Based on Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) materials.
Understand how to use knowledge of the spelling system to spell unusual and technical words accurately, for example those based on uncommon Greek and Latin roots (ACELA1573)
Source: Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Icon of book
Please note: this resource does not address all focus areas of these standards.
This publication is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.