SPELLING Are There Any Tricks to Becoming a Successful Speller? One technique for successful spelling is to say, or pronounce, the word correctly. Another technique for successful spelling is to write the word. It is helpful to refer to a dictionary for the correct spellings of questionable words. A memory device may be of use: c-a-p-i-t-o-l is the spelling for our nation’s Capitol Building; the "o" looks like the dome of the Capitol Building. A technique for successful spelling is to divide the word into parts, or syllables, and spell it syllable by syllable. Another technique for successful spelling is to write the spellings of difficult or often-used words in a notebook. Editing your written work will also help you to notice any misspellings. Some Spelling Guidelines to Remember 1. I before e Except after c, Or when it sounds like a As in neighbor and weigh 2. In one-syllable words ending with a consonant, double the consonant before adding the suffix that begins with a vowel. hop + ing = hopping run + ing + running 3. When a prefix is added to a word, the spelling of the root word is not changed. mis + understand = misunderstand re + connect = reconnect Try This! 1] How many words are misspelled in this sentence? The son's raise formed a colorfull mosaic on the pond. a] one b] two c] three d] four 2] Each word in this sentence is spelled correctly. In order to buy all of our school supplies, my mom needed a loan from my little brother's piggybank! a] true b] false © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.