Free Spelling Analysis Tutorial

In Logic of English curriculum, the most important part of the lessons after learning the phonograms individually is learning to use them to spell and read words. The process we use to teach this is called Spelling Analysis, and it is so helpful that we’ve decided to make our new Spelling Analysis tutorial, from Essentials 2nd edition, available online for free as a downloadable PDF!

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What makes Spelling Analysis so beneficial?

Spelling Analysis is a crucial step in developing fluency because it helps students apply the tools they are learning in the context of words, for both reading and spelling. In many ways Spelling Analysis is the heart of the lesson!

Through Spelling Analysis, students learn to spell new words—not by copying and memorizing something the teacher writes, but by learning how, and why, and writing them for themselves.

With guidance from the teacher, students sound new words out and apply the phonograms and rules to write them. After writing each word, the student(s) and teacher analyze it together, noting why it is spelled and pronounced the way it is. This deepens students’ understanding of the phonograms and rules and helps build fluency. When they do spelling analysis, students practice and integrate all of the underlying skills needed to read and write.

Why are we giving away this new guide?

Because we think it will help LOE students and teachers using earlier materials that didn't explain it as fully!

Spelling Analysis has been part of every level of our curriculum, from the first edition of Essentials (published in 2012), to Foundations (2013 - 2014), and now the new 2nd edition of Essentials (Volume 1: 2015; Volume 2: 2017). Spelling analysis is also used in some form in many Orton-Gillingham-based programs.

However, over the past few years in talking with parents and teachers using Logic of English, we’ve realized that Spelling Analysis can be challenging to teach, at least at first, and that it is sometimes misunderstood. There are a number of steps, and it is a very different approach from what many people have experienced in sight-based and memorization-based reading and spelling programs. So it has a steeper learning curve for the new teacher than other parts of the lessons, and we found that some people were confused about how it works.

Often when someone called about a student struggling with the lessons, it turned out that misunderstanding of the purpose of spelling analysis and how to teach it was part of the problem. We also found that the lessons went much better after the teacher or parent learned more about how to teach Spelling Analysis well. When it's going well, it's engaging, easy for the student to follow and succeed at, and fun. But it wasn't always going well! So we knew we needed to do better at laying it out for you.

So in the 2nd edition of Essentials we set out to explain the purpose and process of spelling analysis more fully, and to present the spelling lists in ways that made the process easier and gave you more support.

One key new component was a new in-depth, step-by-step Spelling Analysis tutorial that we created for the introduction to the Essentials Teacher’s Guide.

Until now, only those who have purchased Essentials 2nd edition have had access to this new resource. However, since teaching Spelling Analysis well is beneficial for all students and important in Foundations and Essentials 1st edition lessons, we’re kicking off 2017 by sharing the Essentials guide to Spelling Analysis here on the blog for free, so that everyone can use it!

Ready to learn how to teach Spelling Analysis like a pro?

Download the guide, take a look, and see how refining and clarifying your teaching of spelling analysis can help your students become stronger readers and spellers, and make learning new spelling words easier, smoother, and more fun!

Who will benefit from this guide?

Where else can I learn about Spelling Analysis?

This tutorial is our most complete guide to Spelling Analysis to date; the only place you'll find more complete instruction is in live Logic of English trainings and conference workshops. However, information about spelling analysis is also available in the following places:

Logic of English Spelling Analysis Quick Reference

Essentials 1st editionTeacher’s Manual : pages Intro 43 - Intro 47

Foundations Teacher’s Manuals: spelling list sample scripting, such as on the following pages:
  • Foundations A: pages 104-107, 112-114, 137-138
  • Foundations B: pages 7-8, 13-14, 26-27, 96-97 (models how to mark multi-letter phonograms, marking less common sounds of a phonogram, teaching silent final E words)
  • Foundations C: pages 8-9, 14-15, 33-35 (models multi-syllable words, cuing sounds with multiple possibilities for spelling, words with a Lazy O)

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Learn more

The phonograms and spelling rules that explain the spelling of 98% of English words are taught in Logic of English curriculum and in Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy.