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Teaching The Importance of Spelling

Teaching The Importance of Spelling
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I use this during the first week of school. I make copies and pass out to each student in the class. I then ask them to read it over and take it home to their parents. The letter describes the school's intention to train students to be "pole" workers. It extols the virtues of teaching our students skills they can use outside the classroom and discusses the fact that good "pole" workers must be trained to be successful. Usually an astute student recognizes the misspelling of "pole" and we have a good laugh. I explain to them that the letter is fake, but proves the point that misspelling just one word can change then entire meaning of a piece of writing. It also proves the point that one cannot rely on spellcheck to find all mistakes, since "pole" is actually a word of course, and would not be replaced with "poll" which is the correct spelling in this case. NOTE: Make sure to collect all copies of the letter because you wouldn't actually want this letter going home to parents!!
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