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WordWorks Newsletter #99

The climate crisis -- a sad but rich context for orthographic inquiry (First published April 2020)

The primary inspiration for this special WW Newsletter is the catastrophic climate-change fuelled fires in Australia as I prepared to travel there for a series of workshops. I decided to provide a bank of resources for orthographic inquiry to help teachers and students study the current climate crisis in which we find ourselves. A powerful speech by teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, provides a launching pad for this study.

This context also helps illustrate that the primary goal of Structured Word Inquiry is not improving spelling accuracy -- although that is one of its valuable benefits. Instead, SWI uses scientific inquiry of the orthography system as a means to develop understanding of any domain and critical thinking skills.

Educators will find a large bank of resources and ideas for orthographic inquiry building on Greta Thunberg’s speech that they can use/adapt/revise for their own purposes.

Also, consider contributing to the organizations linked below. Just CLICK on each panel to go to their website.

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