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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
- Take public domain text and make fill in the blank
- 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
- 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,
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...,"
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
- Word Rummy (152)
- Vocabulary Flashcards (148)
- Punctuation exercises (149)
Sequential Spelling for Adults
- Develop non-patronizing exercises for adult learners
The Patterns of English Spelling
- Exercises on the Latin and Green Roots (Vol. 10),
- 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).
Readings for Fluency
Take public domain text and vary the
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.
- Write additional exercises at a higher level
- Create additional exercises using public domain
text -- paragraph length and longer.
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
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