“Big Ideas” to guide Structured Word Inquiry

At any point in our workshop, we should be able to identify how what we are studying reinforces one, two or or all of the following “big ideas”.

  1. English spelling is a highly ordered system for representing meaning that can be investigated and understood through scientific inquiry.
  2. Scientific inquiry seeks the most elegant solution -- the deepest structure that accounts for the greatest number of cases.
  3. Analysis of word structure for meaning cues can be used to deepen understanding of concepts and terms in any subject area

To see examples of this instruciton in action in real classrooms, visit the following classroom blogs and websites:
Dan Allen
Word Nerdery
Beyond the Word
Mrs. Stevens' Blog
Small Humans Thinking
Who in the World
Word Study PD