Spelling You See Level F: Ancient Achievements Universal Set

Spelling You See Level F: Ancient Achievements Universal Set

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Item #: 071198
Grades: 6-7
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Product Description:

Includes 2 Student workbooks (Part 1 and Part 2), colored pencils, and Instructor book.

Publisher Description:

The Ancient Achievements Universal Set includes everything you need to prepare your students to move on from skill development to the next two developmental stages of spelling, with 36 weekly lessons (divided into five daily parts): the Instructor's Handbook with introduction to the philosophy of Spelling You See and a Getting Started guide, as well as a Student Pack which includes two Student Workbooks and a pack of erasable colored pencils. In Ancient Achievements, students will read about fascinating topics from long ago, such as cave paintings, Viking ships, and Marco Polo. This is the last level in the skill development stage of spelling. It provides continued word practice using the core activities of chunking, copywork, and dictation while gradually increasing the reading level. At the same time, a new Spotlight feature introduces students to interesting facts about words. The Instructor's Handbook offers optional activities to help prepare students for the next two stages of spelling.

Category Description for Spelling You See Level F:

For the student who can spell many common words confidently but may not be ready for the more advanced content of the next level. Drawn from America's history and people, passages in this level increase gradually in reading difficulty. Resources include the Passages, an Answer Key, a Glossary, a Bibliography, and an Index of Topics.

Category Description for Spelling You See:

Chunking, copywork, and dictation. Those three skills encapsulate the Spelling You See (SYS) program from Demme Learning (the Math-U-See people). To obtain "good spelling skills" means that correctly spelled words are locked in long term memory, ready to be plunked down into writing assignments and used in emails without the benefit of spell-checkers. Remembering letter patterns and using words in context provide the not-so-secret pathway to long-term spelling mastery. Spelling You See delivers a systematic and easy-to-use methodology for recognizing letter patterns and developing visual memory by the repetitious use of words in context.

The Spelling You See methodology employs chunking (identifying and color-marking the letter combinations) in a real-life informative passage to identify the spelling rules in words and then copywork (first) and dictation (follow-up) to solidify the word's visual picture and send it to long-term memory. It works! With SYS, you can totally avoid the learned-by-Friday, forgotten-by-Monday nature of weekly spelling list programs; there are no weekly spelling lists or tests.

Identifying five developmental stages of spelling, SYS then targets their levels to these stages. Stage I is Preliterate; students are learning about the printed page and the flow of reading material based on their literary environment. Stage II, Phonetic, is an auditory stage where students become able to distinguish the individual sounds that make up spoken words. Stage III, Skill Development, is learning effective ways to deal with the phonics exceptions. Repetition over several years is necessary at this stage. In Stage IV, Word Extension, the focus is on syllables, prefixes and suffixes. Lastly, Stage V, Derivational Constancy, looks for word root patterns.

Movement through these developmental stages is sequential as each stage builds on the previous one. Spelling stages do not necessarily correspond to reading levels - an excellent reader can still struggle with spelling. Developing a strong visual memory is the underlying skill set that is critical for progressing through the stages which also don't necessarily conform to grade levels. [Any grade level assignments noted on our listings is for the convenience of our customers and have not been assigned by the authors of the program.] The consistency and repetition of the SYS daily work builds visual memory. Please note the skills associated with each level to determine good placement for your student; placement guidelines are available from www.spellingyousee.com.

All levels have 36 weeks of lessons, each providing daily activities for five days. Course components include an Instructor Handbook plus a two-volume set of Student Workbooks (except Level A which has only a single Student Workbook).

The Instructor Handbooks include an introduction that reviews the SYS philosophy, outlines the five developmental stages, and provides curriculum sequence and placement guidelines. The rest of the book contains the specifics for that particular level. These include a Getting Started section, Lesson-by-Lesson Instructions, a Weekly Activity Guide, and a Frequently Asked Questions section that addresses random issues that may arise.

An Answer Key for each level is included in the back of the Instructor's Handbook. These answer keys are full-color and show the highlighting and underlining (in appropriate colors) that the student is being asked to do (which also simplifies the grading process). Each level has an online page with links to additional materials and resources. The website and an access code are included with each Instructor Handbook.

Weekly lessons follow a consistent pattern that includes guided reading, chunking (marking words), copywork, and dictation. Each week also features special activities that vary with the level. For instance, Level C has "No Rule Day" with activities to encourage writing. Each level has its own theme. Informative passages in each of the weekly lessons relate to this theme. These passages vary in length from lists of words in Level A to rhymes in Level B, to 60 or so words in Level C, to 100 or so words in Level G. Each weekly lesson starts with reading the passage. All passages are included in the Resources section of the Instructor Handbook.

Chunking is the colorful heart of the SYS program and it's easy to see why the consistent color-coding of the passage words develops visual memory. Chunking involves identifying a phonics pattern within words and highlighting it. Types of chunks are highlighted with specific colors. For instance, vowel chunks are yellow, consonant chunks are blue, bossy r' is purple, silent letters are orange, and tricky y' guy is green. Although the colors don't vary, different levels focus on different chunks. The lessons, especially those in the earlier levels, include instructions on how to identify the chunks.

Chunking, highlighting, and copying the passage make up the activities for the first three days weekly. The third day often incorporates an additional activity: perhaps exercises, perhaps composition. The last two days are reserved for dictation (the same passage, but written from hearing it read). Dictation days are skill building days (not tests). The student is encouraged to write a word several times to see which way looks right (to catch sloppy copy).

The two Student Workbooks provide ample space for all the written work (with perforated pages for easy removal if you choose). Artwork is generous, colorful, and pertains to each level's theme. Students need a regular pencil and colored pencils or highlighters to complete lessons. Workbook sets B-G each include a good-quality set of erasable colored pencils. ~ Janice

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The other levels have really helped my kids learn to spell. Very easy to use as well.
Erin N on Aug 15, 2022
This was the best spelling curriculum I could find that wasn't $100.
Tammi H on Mar 7, 2022
The other levels have really helped my kids learn to spell. Very easy to use as well.
Erin N on Aug 15, 2022
This is a helpful curriculum for kids with dyslexia.
Angie L on Aug 12, 2022
This was the best spelling curriculum I could find that wasn't $100.
Tammi H on Mar 7, 2022
To practice handwriting, spelling, punctuation all in one place while also studying ancient history.
Samantha P on Jan 20, 2022
We have been using Spelling You See for the past few years and have seen great results
barnowl on Aug 3, 2021
My son needs to solidify his spelling and the reviews on this looked good. It seems simple and straightforward...it doesn't take a lot of time....the copywork sounds like it will be interesting to read...and I believe the chunking approach will be useful.
Charlene B on Jul 29, 2021
We love this product and have been using Spelling U see for 3 years now.
Brittany B on Jul 29, 2021
A great unconventional spelling curriculum
Peleaulani on Jun 12, 2021
I love this curriculum!
Lynn C on Feb 23, 2021
Excellent, natural way to learn spelling. Low frustration for language based learning disability students.
Marla S on Dec 30, 2020
have used another spelling program to date but i want to make sure that words “stick” as time goes on...so i thought i would use another approach that should make spelling easier as words get harder
HEATHER J. on Aug 12, 2020
This curriculum has been very successful with my son used as a handwriting and spelling combo. Before using this particular set my son struggled with spelling, now he excels and he learns something historical each week.
Rheada E on Aug 7, 2020
I am going to use this as a handwriting and spelling practice for my 11 year old. He dislikes most spelling curriculms but he doesn't mind this one.
Debra J on Jul 21, 2020
My Boys used to struggle with spelling terribly as their first language was Spanish. Spelling You See has been a huge help and they have used this program from level C to E. They both will be studying Ancient History as 7th and 8th graders this fall and this will be a great addition to continuing to help them with spelling and developing their language skills.
Ingrid on Jun 10, 2020
getting the next level up, Love this program!
Brenda P on Apr 16, 2020
I love Spelling U see. Two of my children in the past ten years have had difficulty spelling. Why would I give them a challenging spelling word list each week of words that they should know (and often seldom use) when they can't spell the basic day to day words need, Spelling U see is great for teaching them the every day needed words plus a few hard words, and they learn facts in the process!
Jodi K on Mar 17, 2020
Simple and Effective!!!! Writing, spelling and learning history all in one!
User on Aug 20, 2019
Used this program before and works well for my daughter
Erin B on Aug 15, 2019
It is the next book in line for our spelling curriculum.
Stacie B on Aug 15, 2019
This program has helped my child improve at spelling more than previous traditional ones we've tried.
Elisabeth Q on Jul 23, 2019
Like the concept of finding the different word chunks to recognize difficult areas of spelling
Cynthia C on Jun 20, 2019
We use this every year and the price is that same as the Demme website, but I could get free shipping with this order.
Cara W on May 25, 2019
I love spelling u see and the concepts it teaches!
Rhonda G on May 9, 2019
We have been using this curriculum for several years now and love it. It is a stress-less way to learn spelling and usage and the kids learn some interesting facts.
Kelly G on Feb 22, 2019
I have used Spelling You See with my daughter for several years now and it has built her confidence in spelling so much! I love this curriculum. She chose Ancient Achievements because it sounded more interesting than American Spirit.
JENNIFER W on Aug 9, 2018
This is a helpful curriculum for kids with dyslexia.
Angie L on Aug 12, 2022
To practice handwriting, spelling, punctuation all in one place while also studying ancient history.
Samantha P on Jan 20, 2022
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I highhly recommend for children who are bored by traditional spelling programs. Our daughter is young and very good at spelling in isolation. Unfortunately, we were not seeing those skills carry over to her writing. This program bridged all the skills our daughter had in isolation. After four weeks of dictation exercises, she has blossomed into a writer - complete with spelling, mechanics and grammar!
May 16, 2022
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Bright, cheery book
We are using this with my seventh grader, who struggles with spelling. She’s really enjoying it so far.
August 18, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!!
We love this curriculum! My 5th grader learned something historical, while practicing spelling and handwriting!
September 7, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent curriculum!
I absolutely love this approach to spelling! We enjoy the content of the subject matter and the ease of learning.
October 29, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughter has become a very confident speller with this program. We both enjoy the stories each week!
September 9, 2018
over 4 years ago

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