Two types of 6th grade spelling words are especially
problematic for two reasons:
1) Words that are easily confused with other words and
2) Words words with tricky vowel spellings.
We'll look at examples of these words, along with ways to help students learn to spell these words correctly.
are easily confused with other words that sound or look similar.
Consider these word pairs:
In order to learn the correct spellings of these words, students must make an intentional effort to look at the different spellings, look at their different meanings and then practice the proper usage of these words.
For help with incorrect usage of homonyms, such as hangar/hanger, their/they're/there. capital/capitol and many more sets, check out our online spelling game and our list of 50 homonym sets.
To help students master these words, one of the best assignments you
can give them is to:
The student's response would look something like this:
accept - verb, "to receive something"
except - preposition, "excluding"
Everyone accepted the award except Mona, who was absent.
set of tricky
6th grade spelling words may be those that contain "extra" vowels,
vowels that form their
own syllable, or vowels that are frequently replaced with incorrect
Troublesome words include:
the best ways to learn some of these words is to over-emphasize the
problematic vowel when pronouncing the words.
For instance, teach your student to pronounce these words with FOUR syllables:
Encourage your student to mentally use this intentional mispronunciation to help her spell the word correctly until she has it memorized.
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