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This paper chronicles a multi-year effort to study best practices according to spelling research and the implementation of these practices into a primary classroom. This effort occurred in a school situated in the inner city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The school consists of approximately 330 students grades one through five and serves a diverse population of students. Over the years of this work, approximately fifty percent of students at the school were African American with the remaining students primarily Caucasian. Sixty-nine percent of students are considered low SES ( socioeconomic status) as they qualified for the free and reduced meal program. An average of twenty-five percent of students have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and receive special education services. The goal of this endeavor was to improve my students' spelling competence by making changes to my core spelling curriculum.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Rick C. Traw

Second Advisor

John E. Henning


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