I have been using the Words Their Way Primary Spelling Inventory since I began teaching. I loved how it broke down the skills by individual features and gave a specific starting point for instruction. I did not necessarily love their scope and sequence for skills. Words Their Way does not introduce multi-syllabic instruction until late second or third grade and my first and second graders were struggling to spell compound and two syllable words! Then I went to an OG Training course and discovered how useful the methodologies can be. I was very eager to implement the scope and sequence in my teaching but I was not happy with the assessments. The assessments were very time consuming and did not break down by individual features. They did not appear to have the feature guide that I was looking for, so I decided to create my own! This spelling feature guide is to be used to assess your students spelling skills and find a beginning point for instruction. You can use this guide as often as you like, but I use it three times per year (occasionally more if I need to verify a student’s skill). As a special education teacher, I usually administer this in small group or individually, but it can easily be administered to a whole class. This is longer and more difficult than the Primary Spelling Inventory, you may want to administer it in two parts or only administer part of it. It is expected that your students have mastered the basic sounds (c-qu in Orton-Gillingham/Recipe for Reading). If they have not mastered initial and final consonants, stop assessing and use the traditional OG beginning reading assessment.