Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern Spellers by Marcia InvernizziWords Their Way: Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern Spellers by Marcia Invernizzi

Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern Spellers

byMarcia Invernizzi, Francine Johnston, Donald R. Bear

Paperback | April 4, 2008

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Words Their Way ® companion volumes, 2e

We believe that the hands-on word sorting approach to word study is invaluable to you and your students.  These stage-specific companion volumes to Words Their Way ® : Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction provide a complete curriculum of reproducible sorts and detailed directions for the teacher working with students in each stage of spelling development, from emergent through derivational relations. 


NEW! All second editions boast

  • Literature Connections making links between features being studies and valuable children’s literature
  • Targeted Learners sections that clarify which students will benefit most from the instruction
  • Spell Checks and other Assessments available more frequently throughout
  • High Frequency Words receive special attention 
  • Designed to help teachers working with transitional readers in the within word pattern stage of spelling development (Grades 1 — 4), the sorts in this companion volume help students begin contrasting long and short vowels and sorting words by grammatical and semantic features.  The book begins by reexamining short- and long-vowel sounds with picture sorts, moving on to word sorts to thoroughly examine vowel patterns and assess students’ understanding of short- and long-vowel patterns.  The text moves on to diphthongs and other ambiguous vowel sounds, and finally to complex consonants and consonant clusters, contractions, inflectional endings and homophones.


Marcia Invernizzi is Director of the McGuffey Reading Center at the University of Virginia exploring developmental universals in non-English orthographies.  A former English and reading teacher, Marcia works with children experiencing difficulties learning to read and write in intervention programs such as Virginia’s Early Interventio...
Title:Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Within Word Pattern SpellersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 10.6 × 8.2 × 0.5 inPublished:April 4, 2008Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:013514843X

ISBN - 13:9780135148433

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Table of Contents



Sorts 1 - 6

Picture Sorts for Short- and Long-Vowel Sounds

Spell Check 1:  Assessment for Long Vowel Sounds

Sorts 7 - 12

Word Sorts Contrasting Short- and Long-Vowel Sounds and Patterns (CVC and CVCe)

Spell Check 2:  Assessment for Short- and Long (CVCe)-Vowel Spelling Patterns

Sorts 13 - 18

Common Long-Vowel Patterns (CVCe and CVVC)

Spell Check 3:  Assessing the CVVC Long-Vowel Pattern for A, E, O andU




Sorts 19 - 24

Less Common Long-Vowel Patterns

Spell Check 4:  Assessment for Less Common Long-Vowel Patterns

Sorts 25 - 30

R-Influeced Vowel Patterns

Spell Check 5:  Assessment for R-Influenced Vowels



Sorts 31 - 35

Diphthongs and Other Ambiguous Vowel Sounds

Spell Check 6: Assessment for Diphthongs and Other Ambiguous Vowels

Sorts 36 - 42

Beginning and Ending Complex Consonants and Consonant Clusters

Spell Check 7:  Assessment for Beginning Complex Consonant Clusters

Spell Check 8:  Assessment for Hard and Soft C and G and Word Endings -CE, -SE, and -VE

Spell Check 9:  Assessment for Complex Consonant Clusters DGE/GE and TCH/CH

Sorts 43 - 44

High-Frequency Words and Contractions

Spell Check 10: Assessment for High-Frequency Words Starting with A- and Be-

Spell Check 11: Assessment for Contractions

Sorts 45 - 46

Inflectional Endings for Plural and Past Tense

Spell Check 12: Base Word + Inflection: Plural and Past Tense Endings

Sorts 47 - 50

Long Vowel Homophones


Editorial Reviews

Responses from the field… A strength of each chapter is the Notes for the Teacher section that introduces each set of sorts.  This reminds teachers about developmental appropriateness and pacing variations based on learner needs.  Clearly the gradual release of responsibility model of guided instruction is promoted and reinforced throughout the text. Barbara Pettegrew, Otterbein College   Chapter layout is excellent.  Format is designed to include anything that might be needed for the lesson, and each takes you step by step through the process being taught, allowing time for students to internalize and firm up the skills and strategies. Susan K. McCloskey, California State University, Fresno