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Middle School Spelling Boot Camp (Grades 5-8)

If you want to make spelling effortless and fun (!) – then this is for you! Get new ways to think about spelling, to make it simple… discover games that make spelling downright fun … and turn spelling into something you don’t have to worry about, because you have “insider information” to make spelling easier!

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 5th to 8th

Suggested credit: Supplemental, ¼ to ½ credit (may be extended with additional work)


Is spelling a challenge? Do you want to find out what’s going wrong — and make spelling easier? Join Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA, the Creator/Director of True North Reading: The Complete Mastery Reading & Spelling Program and the Aquinas Writing Advantage to get a new and powerful approach to spelling — with the top how-to skills and easy tips (based on research and a powerful, successful approach) to make spelling easier. Revolutionize the way you “do” spelling, understand what’s missing, and find out how to remember the spelling of words much faster. For 5th through 8th grade students.


Class 1: The reading & spelling connection; the Basic Code and the alphabet’s pure sounds (and what that has to do with spelling); auditory discrimination (hearing beginning, end, and middle sounds); the concept of Sound Pictures; and consonant blends
Class 2: When two Sound Pictures meld for a new sound; the four (4) truths of spelling; two spelling games that make spelling easier and better; grouping and learning in “Sound Boxes” (for better memory)
Class 3: More grouping by sound or sight, for memory; learning two-and-more piece Sound Pictures; exact sound matches and “peanut butter sounds”; “sound families” (Sound Box “cousins”)
Class 4: Spelling Games, not “writing the word 20 times”: Spelling Bingo, Spelling Go Fish, Spelling Dice Game, and more
Class 5: How “Imposters” for the Basic Code and Combination Codes work (and the “first imposters” le, se, etc.)
Class 6: “Vowel Name” Combinations and Upper-Level “Imposters”

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: All learning materials for the course are provided FREE by the instructor. Students should bring two (2) packs of 3×5 cards, a black marker, an 8 ½ x 11 notebook, and a highlighter to class.

Homework: Between classes, students will have approximately one hour of homework/preparation for the next class with creating fun learning materials, playing spelling games, and practicing the ideas presented in the course. Work and projects will be brought to class and used together in activities that can be repeated and enjoyed at home, beyond the course.

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