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. Volume XII Number 17 . . . . April 28, 2006
Jo Phenix has written a phenomenal update to The Spelling Teacher’s Book of Lists. This book is for teachers to help children improve their spelling by making better spelling choices. Adults and adults learning English as a second language could benefit from this book as well.
The author has compiled a book of spelling lists (based on her experience in the classroom and studies with children) on the common mistakes children make when spelling. Students are encouraged to take these spelling lists and build on them, sort them, and revise them, to make them their own. The result being, it will be easier to recognize patterns when they see them again.
Words are interesting! Inside this book, you will see how words can be picked apart and built. There are sections on prefixes and suffixes. You can learn about the roots of words and where certain words originated. There are side notes on most of the pages; side notes that explain or expand on something in the main text. For example……..when the mn are in the middle of a word, both the m and the n are heard (columnist, solemnity). This is one way of locating silent letters.
Added to this second edition are photographs (in black and white) of real signs. These signs illustrate spelling errors people have made. For example, one sign reads Do-Nuts; another reads Thruway. Teaching Tips, Spelling Tips, Pronunciation Notes, and Etymological Notes will appeal to all the word-lovers out there!
A very useful section is entitled Confusable Spellings. It covers plurals, homophones and the dreaded when do you use ible-able, and ance-ence at the end of words.
The book is well organized. A table of contents, and a How To Use This Book can be found at the beginning of the book. There is an index at the back. The book is full of tidbits in the middle. Near the end of the book, there is even a section on the evolution of language. Overall, helpful information to make us all into better spellers by remembering spelling patterns, helping us built meaningful spelling lists of our own, and recognizing how words are built. No need to memorize all those words now!
Tanya Boudreau is a Youth Services Librarian and Resource Librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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