How is Sitton Spelling and Word Skills® different?

Sitton Spelling and Word Skills® sets itself apart from other programs by bringing together unique elements which enable students to master spelling, language, and word skills. These important skills strengthen the students’ word knowledge to help them to become better writers.


Sitton Spelling and Word Skills


The usual spelling program

Students’ active learning of spelling skills & concepts for long term learning and application to many more words  A list of words given on Monday and studied for short-term memorization to obtain a Friday test grade
Formative assessment to guide instruction and identify words students have not yet mastered

Automatic follow-up testing to assess mastery
 A Friday test grade with no follow-up instruction or assessment for words missed
Accountability of spelling skills through proofreading everyday writing, with a “no excuses” outlook for misspelling assigned words  Proofreading exercises related to the spelling list
A set core curriculum with opportunities to adapt instruction through teacher choice and optional extension activities  Fixed instructional strategies
Opportunities for differentiation:
  • Multiple, varied activities for each concept
  • Flexible instructional formats
  • Recycling of skills and concepts
  • Individualized spelling lists with minimal teacher effort
 Opportunities for differentiation:
  • More words or longer words for students who need additional challenge
  • Shortened word list for struggling spellers