Thursday, July 12, 2012

Word Crafting - Cindy Marten

This past year,
our school looked at our language arts program.
We were discussing
spelling curriculums
when one of my colleagues mentioned this book.
She loved the ideas behind it,
none of them really new.
She's a teacher I totally admire,
and thought I should read this book too.

Word Crafting looks at the need for
developmental, differentiated and appropriate word study
in the classrooms. 
Marten discusses a spelling inventory 
to learn more about our students. 
The book discusses
teaching spelling
and not assigning spelling works.

In an era of the spell check,
do we really need to learn how to spell?
Marten shares a poem I loved:

An Ode to the Spelling Chequer
Prays the Lord for the spelling chequer
That came with our pea sea!
Mecca mistake and it puts you rite
Its so easy to ewes, you sea.

I never used to no, was it e before eye?
(Four sometimes its eye before e.)
But now I've discovered the quay to success
It's as simple as won, too, free!

Sew watt if you lose a letter or two,
The whirled won't come two an end!
Can't you sea? It's as plane as the knows on yore face
S. Chequer's my very best friend.

I've always had trubble with letters that double
"Is it one or to S's" I'd wine
But now, as I've tolled you this chequer is grate
And its hi thyme you got won, like mine.
         - Anonymous

While I'm at it,
Marten talks about a book
All Sorts of Sorts 
by Sheron Brown 
in her book. 
I picked that one up
and am giddy with excitement.


Sue said...


Great poem!