In this vignette, the year 1–2 teacher describes how she explicitly teaches visual spelling knowledge using the ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ strategy.
She describes how she gathered data through work samples and planned to reteach a small group of students who were relying on phonological spelling to spell irregular words. The spelling words used in the explicit teaching episode were gathered from a class recount.
The teacher models the use of the strategy and then supports the students in practising, consolidating and synthesising their learning. Two students demonstrate how the class has been taught to give each other initial feedback about their learning goals of writing frequently used irregular words correctly. They demonstrate how they use the ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ strategy to consolidate the spelling of the words and correct the misspelt words in their writing.
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 Woodroffe Primary School, Northern Territory.
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 Australian Curriculum: English, 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 digraphs, long vowels, blends and silent letters to spell words, and use morphemes and syllabification to break up simple words and use visual memory to write irregular words (ACELA1471)
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.