Video Lesson: Be a Brave Speller


Grades K-1
Grades 2-3
Writing Process
Launching Writing Workshop

Description: Our youngest writers can learn to courageously stretch rich words to make their writing meaningful. This lesson provides a chart and a concrete way to share brave spellings, as well as conventional spellings. 

Special Notes: This video is longer than usual. The reason is because it is two parts. The first portion is designed to be the minilesson. It explains the chart and models how to use it. The second part is to be used before the share session. It explains how to celebrate brave spellings and share the conventional spellings.

Extra Resources: This lesson was inspired by Lisa Cleveland and Katie Wood Ray in their book About the Authors. When I saw the chart they made like this, it changed the way I talked with young writers about the words they used. I love that we can celebrate their spelling choices, even when it isn’t conventional. I also appreciate being able to post the conventional spelling alongside the brave spelling.

After I created this video, I was doing a little thinking about extra resources to share with this lesson. As I was staring at the chart, I realized I used a “brave spelling” for afraid. Yikes!

My first thought was to redo the chart and the video. However, I had already shot another video for an online course where I discussed the importance of valuing approximations. 

The irony was thick.

In that moment I had a choice. I could redo hours of work to get it right, or I could embrace imperfection and keep moving forward. I wish I could say it was an easy choice.

It’s never easy to put less than perfection into the world. 

I took a deep breath, rolled my eyes, snapped a selfie and decided it is more important to put this lesson in the world than to be shackled by perfection. I’m sure you’ll use conventional spelling in the title of the chart you create for your room. *smile*

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