Making sense of spelling

I am sure you’ve heard the long-standing theory that American English spelling just doesn’t make sense. Why in the world would “gh” make an /f/ sound?! Why isn’t phone pronounced “puh-hone”? This language of ours might be complicated, but it does actually make sense! The key to making it all come together lies in our […]

Spelling: The Three Eras

Many people may not realize that spelling has changed over the course of time. English language spelling  and pronunciation has not always been the same and has developed and shit many different times throughout the past years. There are three historical periods of English spelling; Old English, Middle English, Modern English. These are the three […]

Abbie Middleton’s Manifesto

I promise to check for understanding not just at the end of my lesson, but throughout the lesson, and in many different ways (group work, think-pair-share, games, etc.) As a bilingual teacher, I promise to encourage the development of a student’s first language, while developing their English as well. I promise to use active learning […]

Writing Through the Ages: A Summary

The current form of writing used in English is a result of centuries of modifications and reformations. The first true alphabets did not come to be until 1700-1500 B.C. Before that, writing was mainly pictographic or ideographic. These early writings were mostly religious because the majority of those who could read or write were priests […]

A Timeline of Writing

Since the beginning of time, humans have been communicating with written marks. The development of the writing system has evolved from pictures to letters. Sumerian Cuneiform For centuries, humans have used written marks for communicating with one another. The “first true alphabets weren’t developed until the period between 1700 and 1500 B.C.” (p. 99). Writing […]

The BTLPT Exam

Recently in our classes we have been discussing the BTLPT test and all the different areas of the test. I am not going to lie, the test is intimidating. Even though we are getting a preview of the test now, all the timed sections are still very scary. Certain sections only give you two minutes […]