Structured Word Inquiry (WordWorks Literary Center)
Guiding Principles of Structured Word Inquiry (“scientific word investigation”)
- The primary function of English spelling is to represent meaning.
- The conventions by which English spelling represents meaning are so well-ordered and reliable that spelling can be investigated and understood through scientific inquiry.
Scientific inquiry is necessary to safely guide spelling instruction and understanding.
- Scientific inquiry is the only means by which a learning community can safely accept or reject hypotheses about how spelling works.