Green Pen Words

Oct 9, 2009 by

Purpose: To help teachers pinpoint spelling words in students’ writing.

  1. Keep a green pen on you at all times, with the goal of using it to help writers, not punish them.
  2. If you spot a developmentally appropriate, high-frequency word misspelled in a student’s piece of writing, write it correctly in green at the bottom of the page. Look for words in journals, response logs, writing workshop pieces, etc.   I manage this by collecting just two of my students’ writer’s notebooks daily and searching for misspelled words.
  3. Have students place words on their individualized spelling lists – green means “go add this one.” I prefer to add these words myself to the spelling assessment sheet I keep for each child in my assessment notebook. With this sheet I am able to find patterns in a child’s misspellings, and it gives me valuable information when I am doing report cards or sharing spelling progress with parents. These sheets are then added to students’ portfolios at the end of each grading period.

Spelling Assessment Sheet 

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