I too want to jump into the debate of the importance of spelling skills at the end of 2017.
I’d agree that literacy is vital and then phonics and phonological skills are just so all important, the summit of importance. but that rote memorization of words like we use to do in middle and high school is really not so important. I’d like to quote the article that I read:
Yes, the basics of literacy are a mastery of phonics and phonological skills. Students need automaticity on sound letter correspondence so that they can write and read without too much cognitive overload on the basics of encoding and decoding. this is really important. For those who want to reach the research on the importance of spelling automaticity, I quote:
Many people have questioned the importance of teaching spelling in an age when our computers and our phones often have spelling checkers and suggested words always available. Of course, these gadgets can suggest and approve words that are totally inappropriate to the context, frequently with comical results. There is an underlying question about the significance of spelling skills for literacy, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and writing skills. This article summarizes the research underlying the question of how spelling skills, such as automaticity, build reading fluency and comprehension. It addresses the question of the research base for the activities provided by VocabularySpellingCity.