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U cn spl btr : spelling tips for life beyond texting

Author: Laurie Rozakis
Publisher: New York : Citadel Press, [2009], ©2008.
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Describes how to identify spelling errors and improve spelling skills using features such as lists of commonly misspelled or misused words and crossword puzzles.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurie Rozakis
ISBN: 9780806528854 0806528850
OCLC Number: 303030864
Notes: Originally published: "I" before "E" except after "C." New York : Citadel Press, ©2008.
Description: xv, 160 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Contents: 1. Why spelling matters. Dumb and dumber (or is that dum and dummer?) --
How bad are your vowel movements? --
Full disclosure --
Spelling = success : Reason #1: Poor spelling can damage your reputation ; Reason #2: Poor spelling holds you back in school ; Reason #3: Poor spelling holds you back on the job ; Reason #4: Good spelling enables you to read and think more clearly ; Reason #5: Good spelling enables you to write with precision --
Cut to the chase --
2. So how did English spelling get so screwed up? The welcome (word) wagon --
"Honey, did you invite the Huns?" --
Ye olde English --
Ye olde middle English --
The big daddy of vowel movements: the great vowel shift --
Spelling gets even more fickle --
You're not nuts --
Don't say we didn't try : Esperanto ; International English spelling day ; The dictionary --
Cut to the chase --
3. Why people mispell words. Invented spelling: a storee for u --
Sensational spelling --
Winnie the Pooh --
Homographs and homophones --
Which witch is which? --
You deserve a break today : Joke #1 ; Joke #2 --
Words are mispronounced --
Cut to the chase --
4. How to learn to spell. Soup's on --
A method to this madness --
How's it going? --
Look for patterns --
Everyone loves a puzzle --
Divide and conquer --
At the zoo --
Use memory tricks --
Learn spelling rules --
You're on --
Cut to the chase --
5. Vowel movement 1: phun with phonics. What are phonics? --
Overview: sound and sense : Short vowel sounds ; Long vowel sounds ; The schwa --
Making phonics work for you! --
Party time --
Patterns for spelling /a/ : The long /a/ sound ; Long /a/ this a way ; /A/ sort --
Cut to the chase --
6. Vowel movement 2: phonics wirked 4 me. Warm up : Joke #1 ; Joke #2 ; Joke #3 --
The eyes have it: spelling short /i/ and long /i/ : Eye candy --
007: license to spell : Oo la la ; Try it in ink --
Blend it --
Diphthongs --
Revisiting an old friend: the schwa --
Cut to the chase --
7. Vowel movement 3: spelling consonants. Hit the ground running --
Spelling the sound /k/ : /k/ spelled c ; /k/ spelled cc ; /k/ spelled k or ck ; Try it in ink --
Spelling the sound /j/ : /j/ spelled j ; /j/ spelled g ; /j/ spelled dge ; You deserve a break --
Spelling the sound /ch/ --
Shaken, not stirred : Find the blend ; Find the word --
Break dancing : Divide and conquer --
Cut to the chase --
8. Some wicked vowel movements. English spelling: easy words, not-so-easy words, totally infuriating words : Easy words ; Not-so-easy words ; Thorny words ; Totally infuriating words --
Some letters should be seen but not heard : Words with silent b, c, ch ; Words with silent d, g, h ; Words with silent k, l, m ; Words with silent n, p, s ; Words with silent st, t, th, w --
Give it a shot --
Cut to the chase --
9. What's with these prefixes and suffixes? Speed and spell --
Adding prefixes --
Adding suffixes : Types of suffixes ; Adding suffixes that start with a consonant ; Adding suffixes that start with a vowel ; Quick stretch ; Stretch again ; Words with double vowels ; Words with double consonants ; Try it in ink --
Cut to the chase --
10. Rule your vowel movements. Rule #1: Every word contains at least one vowel --
Rule #2: Every syllable contains one vowel or vowel sound --
Rule #3: Q is always followed by a u --
Rule #4: If the root is a complete word, add -able, and if the root isn't a complete word, add -ible : You're it --
Rule #5: -cede is more common than -ceed --
Rule #6: The ending -cian always refers to a person, but -tion and -sion are never used for people : Humorous headlines --
Rule #7: Use -ist to show "someone who does something" and use -est for superlative adjectives --
Rule #8: Words that end in -ary are more common than words that end in -ery : Try it in ink --
Cut to the chase --
11. Tight vowel movements: spelling contractions and plurals. Personal spelling --
Spelling contractions : Mother knows best ; Are you lonesome tonight? --
Spelling plurals : Forming regular plurals ; Forming plurals with nouns that end in -o ; The more, the merrier ; Forming plurals with nouns that end in -y ; Forming plurals with nouns that end in -f or -fe ; Forming plurals with nouns that are cranky ; A puzzle of plurals --
Cut to the chase --
12. The big payoff. Why are some words so hard to spell? --
Twenty common spelling demons: all nouns that identify people --
Twenty common spelling demons: all nouns that name places : Check and double-check --
Twenty common spelling demons: all nouns that name things : Hot date --
Twenty common spelling demons: words that name foods : Dinner's on ; Joke #1 ; Joke #2 --
Twenty common spelling demons: words that describe people : Enough about you: let's talk about me --
Twenty common spelling demons: all verbs : Hunt and peck --
Cut to the chase.
Other Titles: "I" before "E" except after "C"
You can spell better
Responsibility: Laurie E. Rozakis.

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Describes how to identify spelling errors and improve spelling skills using features such as lists of commonly misspelled or misused words and crossword puzzles.

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