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Spelling – Write and Right! (Part 3)
In News and Views (No. 3 and No. 4, 2003) we gave you the lists of essential words that make up 75 percent of most writing. We left you with this question:
Q: The essential words make up about 75 percent of all writing.
What about the other 25 percent?
A: Children write about a wide range of topics – far too wide for all the words to be included in spelling lists to be learnt. So, many teachers get children to keep their own Personal Spelling List (PSL). These lists are made up of words that children often use in their writing, but are unsure of their spelling.

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