Tuesday, June 10, 2008

How Would You Do at the National Spelling Bee?


I remember spelling bees during my elementary school days.
My classmates and I would line up along the walls of our classroom. Our teacher would read off the words and we would take turns spelling them. I usually did pretty well. Sometimes I even won.
But that was long, long ago.
As an author and magazine editor, I pride myself on my spelling ability. But I would not want to go up against any of those kids who particpate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
On the Web site, there's a link to a spelling challenge to see if you can spell with the best. I decided to give it a go. Let's just say I was informed I wouldn't qualify for the quarterfinals--and that was with my husband's help.

I double-dog dare you to take the challenge. Here's a hint: Don't forget to use capital letters!
Let me know how you do. How about this? Anyone who takes the challenge and posts back here during the week to tell me how you did, I'll put your name in a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card!

Want to brush up on your spelling? Check out the Study Zone over at the Scripps National Spelling Bee's Web site. Among other things, you'll find the Consolidated Word List, a compilation of over 100 Scripps National Spelling Bee word lists dating as far back as 1950. It's 794 pages!


kb said...

I attempted and only got 16 out of 25 right...it's a little over half...but still! lol

anna j said...

I didn't do half as well as I should have done. Used to be I was a spelling whiz, but now I missed a word I should have known, having actually studied Chinese. And the only reason I got another word correct is because I spent the last 3 months working in the ********* [i don't want to spoil it for those who have not yet taken the test :-)]
At any rate, I ended up with a measly score of 18 . . .

Amy V. said...

well--- even tho I helped Katie with her own spelling challenge AND saw some of the correct spellings of the words... I still only got 16 out of 25. This challenge showed me how brilliant these kids have to be to do well in the spelling competition!

Laurie said...

Ugh, I always thought myself a good speller, but only scored 15!

Tiffany Stuart said...

I started this spelling bee but didn't finish because of family interrupting me. I wasn't doing very well though, I could tell I was guessing...

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