Professional Article Analysis: How Spelling Supports Reading: And Why it is More Regular and Predictable than you may Think

     The article, How Spelling Supports Reading: And Why it is More Regular and Predictable than you may Think, Louisa Moats provides research regarding the importance of spelling instruction in addition to reading and writing; explores the writing/spelling system within the English language; and shares knowledge that students should know in grades Kindergarten through seventh grade. Teaching the framework within the five principles transforms the arbitrary weekly spelling list into purposeful instruction toward understanding the English language and becoming better readers and writers. The five principles “explain why English words are so complex … and reveal regularity to the English language” (p.14). Article concludes, with the following idea and purpose, “The complexity of English gives us seemingly infinite choices among words we’re searching for the right way to express ourselves, and the language’s regularity makes reading, speaking, and writing those words an achievable goal. (p.42)”

  • learning the rules of spelling
  • studying the meanings of roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • families of related words
  • historical development of the English language
  • words’ language of origin” (p.14)

     Research correlates the link between writing and spelling. Being a person who has always spelled quite well, I have never thought about how this would deter students when writing papers. Limiting the words they use within their written forms of communication and assignments and losing their purpose of writing through the process of trying to correctly spell a word. Research also shows relationship between reading and spelling. It was stated in the article, “spelling instruction can be designed to help children better understand the key knowledge (connection between letters and sounds) resulting in better reading” (p.12).
     As a future middle school English teacher, knowing the importance of continuing spelling instruction for my students changes my thought about what ought to be taught in my classroom. The article suggests the following in allocating a small amount of time to continued appropriate spelling instruction: 
This teaching will provide students with assistance toward their vocabulary growth; as well as support their reading.

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