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Thesis - NSU Access Only

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Master of Science


Center for the Advancement of Education


Curriculum, Instruction, Elementary Education, Parochial, Private, Spelling, Students


The poor spelling performance of a group of sixth graders was addressed by utilizing the Informal Spelling Inventory suggested by Mann and Suiter (1974). This criterion – referenced test determined that nine members of the sixth grade class scored well below grade level expectations in spelling. A cognitive – based approach and eclectic spelling strategies were implemented with the target group in order to improve their spelling achievement. The results indicated a cognitive-based approach through phonetic instruction and rule generalizations increased levels of achievement in the target group. Students within the group demonstrated positive attitudinal changes. Purposeful writing became one of the group’s favorite activities. It was concluded that a phonics-based approach, rule generalizations, and purposeful writing assignments could increase spelling achievement.

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