The InSPECT Strategy is a "starter strategy"--effective, efficient, and easy to learn--that helps students detect and correct spelling errors using a spellchecker. Students learn to run a spellchecker, select the correct suggestion or make a guess about the correct spelling, correct other errors, and incorporate corrections into their final composition.

In studies, compositions written by high school students with disabilities before instruction in the InSPECT Strategy contained 12.9 percent spelling errors in the first draft of text and 7.6 percent spelling errors in the final draft after proofreading. These students corrected 41 percent of spelling errors before learning the strategy. After students learned the InSPECT Strategy, their compositions contained 12.3 percent spelling errors in the first draft and 3 percent spelling errors in the final draft. They corrected 75 percent of their spelling errors.



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