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Teach Students to Understand How Words Work by Joy Allcock (published by the NZRA in The Reading Forum, 2005)

This article explains how the English language works, why some people find it easy to read and spell correctly and why others find it difficult.

Reading and Writing Success for all Students by the Age of 6.  Is this really possible?  By Dr Alison Arrow and Joy Allcock (published by the NZRA in The Reading Forum, 2009) 

Eight years of six year olds' observational survey results are analysed to show the differences that occurred after Switch on to Spelling instruction was introduced to this school.

A professional development journey and its link to student success.  By Kerry Delaney and Joy Allcock

This article follows the progress made over a three year period (2010 to 2012) at Titahi Bay School after an initiative was introduced into the junior school.  Teacher knowledge was assessed along with student knowledge, and steps were taken to address the gaps in both with impressive results.

Sample Lessons for teaching a sound a day using Word Detective Resources. By Joy Allcock

Expectations for acquiring spelling knowledge and skills by year level. By Joy Allcock

A detailed year-by-year breakdown of what children should know about spelling that shows the developmental acquisition of spelling skills.   This document also aligns with the expectations outlined in the NZ Ministry of Education's Literacy Learning Progressions.

The Effects of Teaching Spelling Skills Using Word-Level Information and Mnemonic Strategies on the Literacy Achievement of Year 1, 2 and 3 Students.      Masters Thesis by Joy Allcock

Read what the experts say about the value of including effective spelling instruction in your literacy programme.

How Words Cast their Spell: Spelling is an integral part of learning the language,not a matter of memorization.  By R. Malatesha Joshi, Rebecca Treiman, Suzanne Carreker, and Louisa C. Moats

Why Spelling?  The Benefits of Incorporating spelling into beginning reading instruction. By Rebecca Treiman

Read what the experts say about reading instruction.

Put Reading First. The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read. The National Reading Panel

Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science.  What expert teachers of reading should know and be able to do.  By the American Federation  of Teachers

Ten Myths of Reading Instruction.  By Sebastian Wren

The Cognitive Foundations of Learning to Read: A Framework   S.E.D.L