Underline Words You Don't Know How to Spell and Move On

Writing fluency and stamina can come to a screeching halt when a student doesn't know how to spell a word. In this video, Gail models the Work on Writing foundation lesson Underline Words You Don’t Know How to Spell, and Move On. Writing about her dog Max, Gail thinks aloud and spells the words in her story. When she comes to a word she is not sure how to spell, she underlines it and moves on. As she does so, she explains that she wants to keep the flow of the writing going, and that although she can fix the spelling during the revision stage, she doesn’t need to do it while she is getting her thoughts down on paper.

The underlined word becomes a visual reminder for any reader of the text that the author will attend to the spelling at another time. At the end of the video, Gail asks the fourth graders to turn and talk and discuss the three things they learned from the lesson. Gail and the students will review and reinforce the lesson throughout the year.