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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Developing and sustaining foundational language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking--beginning reading and writing. The student develops word structure knowledge through phonological awareness, print concepts, phonics, and morphology to communicate, decode, and spell.

Administer a Spelling Test

The spelling assessments should range from five to ten words a week with possible bonus words if necessary. Use words that follow the spelling pattern being focused on, but do not limit the list to a set of words studied during the week. For example, if students worked with the words lamb, knob, and gnome during the week, then they could be assessed on the words crumb, knock, and gnat. The spelling pattern is the same, but the words are not identical. This ensures understanding of the spelling pattern is occurring.

to write/form words from letters

Related 2009 Student Expectation

This student expectation is related to the following SE from the 2009 reading/language arts TEKS.

(23)  Oral and Written Conventions/Spelling. Students spell correctly. Students are expected to:
(B)  spell words with common orthographic patterns and rules:
(i)  complex consonants (e.g., hard and soft c and g, ck);
(ii)  r-controlled vowels;
(iii)  long vowels (e.g., VCe-hope); and
(iv)  vowel digraphs (e.g., oo-book, fool, ee-feet), diphthongs (e.g., ou-out, ow-cow, oi-coil, oy-toy);


Bear, D. R. & Templeton, S. (1998). Explorations in developmental spelling: Foundations for learning and teaching phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. The Reading Teacher, 52(3), 222–242. Retrieved from

Summary: Bear and Templeton address two broad questions in this article: What is our understanding of spelling development and how does this understanding fit within a broader model of literacy development? And what are the implications of the developmental model for spelling instruction and word study?