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    By Julianne

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    I think you might want to look at your group before you decide on whole group or separate spelling. If there isn't a great span of abilities in your class you might want to stick with a single list for the whole group. It is easier that way. The students who already know the spelling pattern will receive a good review for using the words in their reading and writing. The other students will be learning the word patterns for the first time, and will have peers to help them study.

    On the other hand, if you have students reading on third grade level or higher, along with non readers, you might want to provide separate spelling lists. You can then customize the words to the reading level as you suggest. It's harder this way, but if your group is very diverse it can keep the upper group from being bored.

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