Author Archive | Dr. Lillian Fawcett

Writing

Publishing Ideas

    Writing for an audience provides students with a purpose for writing and an incentive for rewriting and editing to a high standard. Here are some easy ideas to implement which are a little different: Create a bookmark: Poems, summaries and mini-stories lend themselves to this publishing format. The finished bookmarks can be laminated […]

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Spelling

Busy and Bury

  Why is the ‘u’ in ‘busy’ pronounced as /i/ and in ‘bury’ pronounced as /e/? It relates to the fact that how we pronounce words can be different in different dialects of English and that the pronunciation of words often change over time, but this is not reflected in changes to spelling. According to […]

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Reading

What do we Know about Fluency in 2020?

  There is no doubt that being able to read with fluency is an important component of reading. Hasbrouck (2020) provides a succinct overview of the information contained in the National Reading Panel report, published 20 years ago, and assesses it in light of current research. Defining Fluency The National Reading Panel report defined fluency […]

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Spelling

An Owed to the Spelling Checker

      by Jerry Zar Northwestern Illinois University I have a spelling checker. It came with my PC. It plane lee marks four my revue Miss steaks eye can knot sea. Eye ran this poem threw it, Your sure reel glad two no, Its very polished in it’s weigh My checker tolled me sew. […]

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Woman-Women

  Why do we pronounce the ‘o’ in ‘woman‘ as /oo/ like in ‘book’, whereas the ‘o’ in ‘women‘ in pronounced /i/ like in ‘insect’? According to Crystal (2012), in Old English the word for ‘woman’ was ‘wifman’ (literally wife-man, but pronounced as /w/-/i/-/f/) and ‘women’ was ‘wifmen’. Over time, the /f/ disappeared and, with […]

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