The Teaching of Spelling: The Grading and Classification of Words
by Henry Suzzallo - 1911
THE GRADING AND CLASSIFICATION OF WORDS The standards which have determined the composition of spell ing lists to be taught to all children are the school's rough approximations to the actual social demand which says that each child should know how to spell the words in most frequent usage among ordinary adults. Rough as these approximations are, they are recognition of the social factor in the construction of the course of study in spelling. In so far as spelling materials are to be selected and rejected, it may be said that our problem is primarily sociological; in so far as they are to be graded and classified in adjustment to the child's point of view and ability, it is psychological. Having given some statement of the actual way in which spelling words have been selected, we ought now to be concerned with the manner of their arrangement in texts and teaching. We have then to consider the grading and classification of spelling words.
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