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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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I recently received this lovely message from an environmental group called Sofar Ocean.

I was delighted to find they discovered this Real Spellers post that so clearly targets their interests and that the were asking about linking to each others' work. Absolutely! This kind of connection just reinforces the value of using structured word inquiry instruction as a means of deepening understanding of content areas.

Also, I've posted this comment in this special 'interactive format' of my original post that Real Spellers webmaster Matt Berman put together. The text of my original piece is the same, but Matt has created this format so that the reader can click on the identified words (at right) for resources, and those links can also be found in the text of the post. I hope to collaborate with Matt for more of these interactive kinds of posts. If you like to print off and study such documents on paper, you can go to the original post for the WordWorks Newsletter #99 at THIS LINK.

Below is the message from Sofar Ocean and the link to their work. Let's keep the col + labor + ate/ + ing going!

Hi there,

I’m Alexander from the Sofar Ocean editorial team. We connect the world’s oceans to provide insights to science, society, and industry for a more sustainable planet.

I’m reaching out because your post caught our attention as we were searching for ocean temperature, marine ecosystem, environmental disaster, climate crisis, coral reef ecosystem-related topics.

I was wondering if you can link it to our piece How Does Climate Change Affect the Ocean since we are of the same wavelength and have the same type of readers.

You may tag it/backlink it to any relevant text in any of your articles that you deem relevant. As a token of good faith, the Sofar Ocean team would be happy to campaign your website and content across our social media channels.

Let me know what you think.


Alexander Brown

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