In Literacy By Design there are 5 No Excuse words which are usually fairly easy and the students should be familiar with, and there are 5 challenge words. The remaining words may follow a pattern or theme. We created an assessment that has 5 dictation words, choose the correctly spelled word for 5 words and the remain 8 words are used in a sentence. The students must correctly spell the words and put them in the appropriate sentence. There is a word bank provided.
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