Improving literacy through proof-reading
Violet Brand always maintained that proof-reading should be an essential component of any successful spelling programme – for a reader who can spot mistakes is a reader who understands the meaning of the passage and who knows the structure of the English language and the accepted forms of English spelling.
As Violet is no longer writing, we set ourselves the task of finding and recruiting an outstanding, innovative practitioner with a strong academic record, to write for us a set of proof-reading books to be used alongside the Spelling Made Easy teacher books.
We are delighted to announce that we have exceeded our expectations and proudly present Make It RIGHT! and its author Ceri Williams.
Make it RIGHT! contains exercises designed to develop pupils’ reading and spelling skills through guided and individual completion of the activities.
The mistakes written into the text are mainly, but not exclusively, from all the spelling pattern/word families covered in the relevant Spelling Made Easy Teacher’s Textbooks and the accompanying ‘Fun With Phonics’ and ‘Spelling Made Easy At Home’ series. The aim is further reinforcement and overlearning of the spelling patterns covered in the programme, as well as common High Frequency Words. In the first two levels, aspects of punctuation are confined to capitals at the beginning of a sentence and proper nouns, full stops (periods), and the odd exclamation mark! Punctuation problems increase in complexity throughout the series but are basic in the first two levels, as a flow to the reading is desirable.
● If required, use the first few exercises and model and share the task with the pupil/s. Proof-reading is a skill that requires practice and tuition.
● Read through the passage for meaning and discuss any arising points.
● Get the pupil to follow the words with a ‘special’ pen/pencil as they or you are reading it.
● Point out punctuation errors and model how sentences sound without full stops especially.
● Re-read and annotate/identify errors. Again, model and share the tasks, especially with reluctant readers and writers.
As the pupils progress through the activities, their particular areas for possible further revision and consolidation work should become apparent through analysis of their answers and responses during lessons.
Red (introductory level) and Green (level 1) Make It RIGHT! available NOW; Orange (level 2) and purple (level 3) available NOW. Order from our catalogue now!
Born in Usk, South Wales, Ceri has taught across primary and secondary phases in both mainstream and special schools. He works in the special needs sector in South Wales. His awards include a Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award, an NGFL-Cymru/Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award and The NAACE Impact Award for Inclusion.
Ceri studied music at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and education at Birmingham University, initially teaching class music. After relocating back to Wales, he began teaching in the special needs sector, completing a Masters in SEN in 2005 at the University of Newport.
He has presented several papers outlining his work in Multimedia Multisensory Environments at international conferences which have been published in academic journals. As well his interests in education, he still performs frequently as a musician.