Finally, children reach the conventional stage. This is where the child can demonstrate basic writing principles within the orthographic system. Children will gain automaticity in their reading ability as they move from sounding out each individual letter within a word to recognizing letter patterns and combinations. During this stage, students become more rapid and fluent readers.

  • 10+ years
  • Common spelling patterns
  • Demonstrate understanding of generalizations for spelling
  • Can use morphemic information
  • Can recognize incorrect spelling

Focus on

  • Etymology (trends with various words)
  • Morphology (smallest unit of meaning)
  • Word Matrix