Spelling - An Integrated Approach for Middle School

BT Educational Programs

Middle School Design

This unique spelling program was put together with middle school students in mind!

    TEXTING and WRITING: Teens are texting thousands of messages monthly. This is, for many, the preferred method of communication. Students are abbreviating words and phrases, leaving out punctuation, failing to capitalize, and relying on autocorrect. Is this damaging students' writing skills? It doesn't have to. It may feel like an uphill battle, but we can teach the next generation of students the difference between texting a friend and more formal writing. Our students need to acquire a keen awareness knowing when it is acceptable to take 'short cuts' (texting) and when it is crucial to use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation (formal writing). Fair or not, a paper written with too many errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar will not get the attention it deserves. This program was developed to have students not only practice writing real 'middle school' words but to use these words writing varied types of sentences and learn how to pay enough attention to their written work to correctly edit.
  • Lessons include practicing proper nouns, possessives, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, the use of a/an, writing titles, action verbs, questions, quotation, compound sentences, and more. Since students are creating and writing their own sentences, the program naturally adapts to ALL learning levels. Sentence lengths will vary, but all students practice the same skills. In addition to weekly lessons, every third lesson is a Skill Practice. These are "mini-lessons" that include alphabetizing, creative writing, working with syllables, and more.
  • A page in the back of the spelling booklet, Writing Reminders, guides all students to complete the lessons correctly by giving definitions and examples of the skills students will be practicing in their lessons.
  • Each lesson takes only minutes to teach on Monday.  This fits in nicely with the typical 50 minute block of time most middle schools have. Students are responsible for a 15-20 minute homework assignment each week (or they can begin in class if time allows). 

Students like the program because it's different and fun!  They like the fact that they can create their own sentences.  Teachers enjoy it because it reinforces the skills they teach.  Skills reviewed in one lesson are reviewed in other lessons throughout the year.