A slim but highly effective guide for teaching the convoluted spellings of English words.




An author offers a manual for instructors and parents on the best ways to teach students to navigate English spelling.

“Spelling is the unloved stepchild of the English language,” writes Fulford (The Complete Guide to English Spelling Rules, 2012, etc.) in the preface to this spelling guide. “Students hate to study it, teachers are frustrated when they teach it.” With this volume, the author attempts to make the subject a little less of a slog by building his text around the spelling rules that underlie most (though not all) words in the English language. Fulford believes that students learn better when they are offered the how and why of things rather than being forced to accept them without question. These spelling rules provide the how and why of “the various sounds of E,” the QU (plus vowel) combo, and the so-called “Annoying Spellings,” with topics like “Silent First Letters,” “The GH Words,” and “Confusing Homophones.” After a quick but thorough introductory section outlining the history of spelling and how he came to his methods, the author delivers chapters on each of the sounds that compose English words. The chapters present the rule (or rules) relevant to that sound followed by several long lists of spelling words that feature it. For “Combinations Using C,” for example, there are lists for when CH sounds like CH, like K, and like SH. The author occasionally supplies helpful notes to teachers on the difficulty of the concepts and at what stage of the learning process they should be introduced. Fulford writes in calm, practiced prose that communicates his ideas with clarity. His organization system greatly simplifies spelling, making it seem like something anyone could teach without much trouble. The book feels comprehensive at only 123 pages (and most of that just lists of words). Even highly literate readers should find useful rules that they never knew existed (such as how to predict whether a word ends in ABLE or IBLE). Fulford’s goal is to demystify spelling so that it feels less intimidating to both teachers and students, and on that count he has surely succeeded.

A slim but highly effective guide for teaching the convoluted spellings of English words.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 978-0-9963799-2-2

Page Count: 123

Publisher: Astoria Press

Review Posted Online: Nov. 2, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2017

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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