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In this lesson, students will analyze the basic concepts of journalistic writing using professional and scholastic examples.


  • Students will be able to master typical spelling errors.
  • Students will be able to practice frequently misspelled words.

Common Core State Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.2c Spell correctly.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.3a Write and edit work so that it conforms to the guidelines in a style manual (e.g., MLA Handbook, Turabian’s Manual for Writers) appropriate for the discipline and writing type.



50 minutes


Handout: Word List and Quizzes

Quiz Keys

Lesson step-by-step

1. Pretest — 10 minutes

Distribute copies of the first quiz to use as a pretest. Students may compare with a partner to see how they did.

2. Guided practice — 15 minutes

Use a projection device to show the lines of the quiz one at a time and have students comment on which ones are misspelled. Allow students to give any hints they may have learned for the spelling of some of the words. For example, there’s “a rat” in separate. Provide the correct answer for each line.

3. Discussion — 5 minutes

As a class, talk about how this type of spelling test is different from calling out words and having students spell them in isolation.

4. Practice — 20 minutes

Distribute lists of frequently misspelled words. Go through each one on the projector. Explain any tricks you know and refer to strategies previously offered by students.

5. Ongoing practice

Announce dates of spelling tests. Give the remaining spelling tests at weekly intervals. Allow students to test out once they have mastered the list with 90 percent accuracy.