Lesson Writing Guidelines
How does it work?
We will sell lessons for anyone who writes them! You do not need to be a registered S2C practitioner.
You will need to complete a licensing agreement with us before we can sell your lessons. In it, you will agree to the following terms:
- Your lessons remain your property, and you will still own the copyright. You are only licensing them to us for sale, in exchange for a royalty fee we collect on all sales. That rate is currently 30%, so you will receive 70% along with an itemized statement of which lessons sold, each month. We can pay you by check, PayPal, or Venmo.
- Spellers Learn will pay for all marketing and overhead costs, including any additional fees that are charged by PayPal for international payments.
- Spellers Learn determines whether we will accept a lesson you submit, and the price that is set for it. Our prices are set based on lesson length and complexity, and we reserve the right to apply occasional discounts. We rarely decline lessons even if the topic is already on the site, because different writers appeal to different buyers. More likely, we may ask for certain revisions.
- Although the lessons are your property, we do not recommend continuing to trade or sell them extensively. The reason is because your own sales will be negatively affected if the lessons found on this site are readily available for free or trade -- because once you give a lesson away, it can end up passed along or available in places you don't anticipate. This is entirely your judgment, however.
All lessons submitted for use on Spellers Learn must be written in the format of Spelling to Communicate (S2C) methodology and 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 (sales are not protected by educational free use exceptions). 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. Remove any headers, footers, and page numbering; as those will be replaced with a standard formatting before upload and when they are contained in your original document, can cause formatting issues.
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. If they are significant, your lessons will be returned for correction.
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.