The first 800 words in English - high frequency words - with associated spelling activities.
If you do not know the following, it will assist you in your classroom and understanding of language acquistion:
1.) The last element of literacy an ELL or struggling academic student learns is the correct spelling of a language - any language they are first learning.
2.) The majority of kiddos in a Title 1 school do not spell well. Therefore, their writing is usually spelled phonetically.
3.) 25% of the words in the English language do NOT follow a spelling rule and 3% are so irregularly spelled that they must be memorized by rote.
4.) The primary reason for the strange spellings in the English language are due to the Great Vowel Shift of the 1500 and 1600's (Google for more information, if desired). However, so many of these words are the first 800 to 1,000 words. Hence, this resource takes care of the problem.
5.) A human being - whether a child or an adult is NOT going to get better at an area where they lack skill WITHOUT practice in THAT specific area. The practice must be deliberate and intentional in order to improve.
6.) When I first became a Title 1 principal in Austin ISD in the fall of 2007, 65% of my 4th grade kiddos could NOT spell the most basic words in English regardless of race or native language. Our writing scores were awful...their compositions were so poorly written lacking any visible command of the English language that I had to ask the student to read their composition to me, so I could comprehend what was written.
7.) The fluency program and non-negotiable word programs both address the 32 million word gap as discovered and articulated in the Hart and Risley (2003) research study. Hence, it fixes the word gap and provides a solid language foundation to build upon. This literacy research is revolutionary in its problem identification, and I strongly recommend a thorough read of their work.
8.) This 800 word resource or the other on this website WITHOUT the spelling activities fixed this problem not only at my elementary school but many others as well. In four years, my school was one of the highest performing Title 1 or non-Title 1 school in the State of Texas. The school was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012. Other schools have followed - with Blackshear also selected as a National Blue Ribbon in 2015. However, Blackshear and Graham Elementary Schools were not an exception, but the norm for those who used this resource and the fluency program - also on this website for free download.
Good luck with your students. This resource will assist your students as it does and did ours, and the price? It is free!!! Regards, Blaine Helwig