English is a compounding language in which root words are modified (changed in meaning) by adding prefixes and suffixes. The rules of the spelling game change at this level, and attention shifts to the syllable unit and spellings for prefixes and suffixes. This new knowledge makes a profound difference in reading and spelling skills and dramatically enhances reading comprehension and vocabulary.
Lessons begin with simple compounding of common English words (doghouse, sunset) and gradually build to include Latin and Greek-based words up to six syllables in length. For example, “inform” (a verb) can be changed to a noun by adding the suffix “shun,” spelled “tion,” a suffix used in thousands of words. It has three common spellings: information, aggression, optician, and four rare ones. Once the student learns when these spellings are used (ÔcianÕ always marks an occupation), difficult words suddenly become easy to read and spell. Long, “scary” words like “determination” can be broken down to easily decodable units: de/ter/min/a/tion. Once these patterns are understood, students as young as eight years can learn to read and spell thousands of new words in a just a few lessons.
Allographs II Manual contains fifty-nine partially scripted lessons. Sample lessons for the higher levels of the code provide a platform for continuing development using the Student Workbook/Dictionary. Both components are essential to teach this program effectively.