MAKING WORD LISTS FROM READING

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! There is a huge argument to be made from the benefits of reading when trying to become an expert speller. Simply put, reading will expose you to a wide variety of words. And unlike poring over simple word lists, reading will improve your vocabulary. Why? Because you see a word in its proper context. Even if you can't learn the exact dictionary definition of a word, you often get a clue as to what it means. If you…

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WORDS OF THE CHAMPIONS (2.0)

On the morning of August 20th, Scripps released Words of the Champions to unofficially inaugurate the 2019-2020 spelling bee season. It is a far cry from the organization of Spell It - or for that matter, Paideia. In fact, it is arguably even more challenging to spellers than the original Words of the Champions was from decades ago. Here is what I have gathered, having bought the Kindle version on Amazon: There are six lists of words.Three of the lists comprise the school list. Together, they number 450 words, just…

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A FOND FAREWELL TO SPELL IT

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! In 2007, the website Spell It became the official Scripps word list for millions of aspiring spellers. This website served great purposes. It was the middle ground between shorter school lists that teachers used for classroom, school, and district bees, and the daunting Merriam-Webster Unabridged. More than a list of words merely to be memorized, Spell It contained words grouped by etymology (as suggested by the above picture). This grouping facilitated learning language patterns. For example, a search…

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