Lesson Writing Guidelines
All lessons submitted for use on Spellers Learn must be written in the format of Spelling to Communicate (S2C) methodology as taught by Growing Kids Therapy Center, and will meet the following criteria:
- Be originally written in your own words. It is against copyright laws to sell material written by someone else without permission. Thus, you may draw from any appropriate source in order to write your lesson, but you should use your own original phrasing of the content.
- Be written about a specific topic. Example: “Astronauts” is not a specific topic. Instead, write about Chris Hadfield, Christa McAuliffe, or Neil Armstrong (just to name a few).
- Include keywords that are capitalized or italicized, with definitions or synonyms included, either with an explicit sentence in the lesson or in parentheses following the word. Examples of keywords are names or locations unique to the lesson, main ideas, words that are difficult to spell, or that represent challenging vocabulary. Example: Hurricane Katrina was a CATASTROPHIC (disastrous, devastating) storm that affected a large portion of the southeastern United States.
- Cite sources which were used at the end of the lesson. This does not have to be in a formal bibliographic style. Websites can be credited with a hyperlink, or books with a title and author.
- Be factually accurate. We do not fact-check lesson content, but it’s expected that lesson writers will ensure the content is true and correct. Factual errors brought to our attention will result in removal of the lesson from the site.
- Include a variety of question types, which must be displayed using the following color code. We recommend but do not require you to also include the answers to your questions.
Green: Known. These are questions that have only one possible correct answer to the question posed. Example: “What was Christa McAuliffe’s profession before she became an astronaut?”
Orange: Semi-Open. These are questions that have a small group of possible answers. Example: “Name one astronaut on the Apollo 13 mission.”
Purple: Math. Any question that uses numbers or requires calculation.
Pink: Open or Creative Writing. A question that requires summary and synthesis, opinion, or is creative.
Red: VAKTivity. An extension activity to support visual, auditory, kinesthetic, or tactile learning off the boards.
- Provide the answers to all questions. In response to customer feedback, you must provide the answers the questions you write. This should be with the question, not as an attached answer sheet.
Submit lessons in an editable file format of choice. All documents will be modified for formatting purposes, not for content; then converted to .pdf by Spellers Learn before being uploaded to the site for sale. It would be helpful if you removed any headers, footers, and page numbering; as those will be replaced with a standard formatting before upload.
Although Spellers Learn will do some light proofreading, please know that it is not the responsibility of the site to correct lessons that have been submitted with typos, spelling errors, or other mistakes in the text.
Documents submitted in uncommon file types may experience formatting changes when converted. For this reason, we recommend submitting as file types of .doc, .rtf, or .wpd. If pictures are included, the "wrap text" setting will keep them from moving during reformat.
If you have any additional questions or would like to begin adding your lessons to our catalog, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.