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Student work on this page illustrates each of the i.t.a. spelling/writing protocols:

    1. Spelling by Sound (Using i.t.a. to represent sounds in all words, even those that students already know)
    2. Writing in TO (Traditional Orthography), with i.t.a. for unknown words

Spelling by Sound

At this level, students dictate stories to their tutor, then write them word by word in i.t.a. to master phonemic awareness, essential for development of decoding and spelling skills. All students start with the i.t.a.-only writing protocol, whether they are in first or 12th grade when they begin at the clinic. The following stories were written by primary-grade students new to the i.t.a. writing protocol.

At the Beach

At the Beach

Ground Hog Day

Ground Hog Day

Race Track

Race Track


Snowmanikul


The Snowman

This delightful “chapter book” was written by a fifth grade girl whose visual images are as imaginative as her written story. In “About the Author” she tells of her journey from Haiti to high school in the U.S.


TheCrazyBusDriver


The Crazy Bus Driver

This story was written by a 7th grader who was reading at the beginning of first grade when he first came to the i.t.a. Literacy Clinic for help.


The following collection of poems, written by a 16-year-old student with a second-grade reading level, demonstrates a powerful creative voice that would have never found expression if not for the help she received in a high school i.t.a. program sponsored by the Foundation.

When the Baby Cries

When the Baby Cries

Place In My Heart

Place In My Heart

Why Did You Leave Me???

Why Did You Leave Me???


KenideeIWannaBe


Kenidee I Wanna Be

Our high school poet also wrote a delightful children’s book about finding yourself.



Traditional Orthography with i.t.a. for Unknown Words

Once students can match all the sounds in words to the symbols that represent those sounds, they are ready to write stories with a mix of i.t.a. and TO (traditional orthography). At this level, they write all the words that they know how to spell in traditional orthography, using i.t.a. for unknown words.

Baseball

Baseball

Humongosaur

Humongosaur

If I Could Change Something

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