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Curriculum Writer Guide

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some ideas for curriculum that you might be interested in helping us develop as adjunct material for our books. 


  • Take public domain text and make fill in the blank exercises.
  • Write dictionary exercises.
  • Make crossword puzzles, word searches, etc. 

Rimes and More Rhymes

  • Write sample poems from the text
  • Create worksheets of fill in the blank dictation exercises based on public domain poetry.
  • Develop a worksheet for explaining how one might make his own lyrics to popular melodies, riffs, children's songs, or jingles.
  • Develop a worksheet on poetry resources
    • Different types of poems, with technical aspects and examples
    • Different types of rhyme
    • Other considerations -- meter, word choice, etc.
  • Other

Speech to Spelling

  • Develop a list of other words that trip students up going from speech to text
  • Grammar exercise translating the poor grammar of popular music into proper grammar ("between you and I," "give it to you and I," "you and me are...," "we be...," etc.)
  • Other

Let's Write Right

  • Worksheets of just plain handwriting lines, one each for various heights
  • Additional worksheets of handwriting exercises for more advanced words.
  • Expansion upon the ideas already presented in the book:
    • Word Rummy (152)
    • Vocabulary Flashcards (148)
    • Punctuation exercises (149)
  • Other

Sequential Spelling for Adults

  • Develop non-patronizing exercises for adult learners
  • Other

The Patterns of English Spelling

  • Exercises on the Latin and Green Roots (Vol. 10), e.g.,
    • Make own non-sense words using the Latin and Greek roots (and discover which ones are really words -- if one didn't already know that otorhinolaryngology was already a word, would he really expect it to be a real word?)
    • Make a orksheet with contextual sentences from Word Families in Sentence Context using the Latin and Greek roots.  Blank out the Latin or Greek root and students fill in the answers from a word bank given.
    • Medical terminology exercises
  • Vocabulary lessons for words that don't have contextual sentences (the most obscure, specialized, or archaic words, generally)
  • Make word searches
  • Make crossword puzzles

The Reading Teacher's List of Over 5,500 Basic Spelling Words

  • Write a set of sentences using all or most of the words per grade level for quick tests of reading/spelling ability (similar to those in The Teaching of Reading).
  • Other

Readings for Fluency

  • Take public domain text and vary the fonts used. 
  • Code an online form that outputs user-inputted sentences into different fonts.
  • Write new sentences at a higher level.
  • Take text and remove spaces in between the words.  Use lots of the not ice / notice words and phrases.
  • Other

Individualized Keyboarding

  • Write additional exercises at a higher level
  • Create additional exercises using public domain text -- paragraph length and longer.
  • Other

The Tricky Words

  • Compile a list of other homophonic pairs, culled from The Patterns of English Spelling, online lists, other resources.
  • Create crossword puzzles that have, as their clues, one of a homophonic pair and the student must supply the other for the answer.  (Could also use the puns that Don created, wacky definitions, etc.)
  • Create college preparation material for these tricky words.
  • Other

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