Dictation is a wonderful tool for improving your students’ grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and listening skills! DICTATION DONE RIGHT for BEGINNERS is uniquely designed to help your students get the most out of their first year of dictation.
They will become better writers through editing (capitalization, punctuation and spelling) and completing dictation of passages from literature, poetry and quotes from famous early Americans.
Dictation passage are taken from the following books:
by Clyde Robert Bulla (Weeks 1 & 2)
by Clyde Robert Bulla (Weeks 3 & 4)
“Who Has Seen the Wind” by Christina Rosetti (Week 5)
“My Gift” by Christina Rosetti (Week 6)
by Clyde Robert Bulla (Weeks 7 & 8)
“A Ship Sails Alone,” by Alice Dalgiliesh (Week 9)
by Alice Dalgliesh (Weeks 10 & 11)
by Marguerite de Angeli (Weeks 12 & 13)
by Jean Fritz (Week 14)
by Judith Griffin (Week 15)
by Benjamin Franklin (Week 16)
by Jean Fritz (Weeks 17 & 18)
by Alice Dalgliesh (Week 19)
by Margaret Cousins (Week 20)
by Kenneth Thomasma (Weeks 21, 22 & 23)
by Elizabeth Yates (Week 24 & 26)
by Kenneth Thomasma (Weeks 25)
by Marguerite Henry (Week 27 & 28)
by Jean Lee Latham (Week 29 & 30)
by Len Hilts (Week 31)
by Patricia MacLachlan (Week 32)
by James A. Houston (Week 33)
by John Reynolds Gardiner (Week 34)
by G. Clifton Wisler (Week 35 & 36)
by Bailey MacDonald (Extra 1 & 2)
Each week your students will independently complete three easy steps as they prepare to listen and write their dictation.
1. DICTATION WORKSHEET: The dictation passage is presented on this sheet. Your students will read through it; highlight the capitals in one color and the punctuation in another. They will practice spelling ten words from the passage. Do they know WHY each punctuation mark and capital letter was included in the passage? If not, the Punctuation Rule Strips will help them discover the answers—every punctuation mark and capital letter has been coded and demonstrated on a Punctuation Rule Strip.Your students will note the rule numbers and reasons for each capital letter and punctuation mark in the “Punctuation Rules” section of this sheet.
**The weekly dictation passages are part of Sonlight Curriculum's Core D Language Arts program.**
BONUS! Words to Practice: Is your student struggling with spelling? Or do the punctuation rules not make sense? Words to Practice is a self-testing tri-fold that your students will use to practice spelling and note new punctuation rules. They will write all the difficult words on one side of the tri-fold. Then complete the pre-test by saying the words to themselves and trying to spell them. Any words that are not spelled correctly on the pre-test should be worked on during the week.
I have found MY SPELLING NOTEBOOK to be a wonderful tool to help children practice correct spelling. It is a phonemic spelling system that enables you to track and systematically correct their spelling struggles. You can use it with any spelling program, or simply with your student’s daily written work.
2. PUNCTUATION PRACTICE: Here your students will exercise their editing skills. The dictation passage is again presented, but without capitalization and punctuation. Your students will insert all the capitalization and punctuation (ending punctuation, commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, dashes, colons and semi-colons) that are missing.
At the top of each Punctuation Practice sheet there is a visual and verbal guide identifying the missing punctuation. The specific punctuation codes (i.e. the punctuation answer key) are listed at the bottom of each sheet. The directions ask your students to use a colored pen to add the punctuation, correct the capitalization and circle the misspelled words. You are welcome to teach your students any specific editing methods you’d like them to use to complete these sheets.
In addition to missing punctuation and capitalization, each passage contains six misspelled words that your students will find and correct. An answer key is provided.
Again, if your students do not correct the spelling accurately, note the words in their MY SPELLING NOTEBOOK to ensure they practice/master them.
When your children have completed the Punctuation Practice sheet they will check their work with the Dictation Worksheet.
There are 11 Punctuation Rule Strips, covering 44 capitalization and punctuation ruls, included in this pack. They will help your students understand HOW, WHEN and WHY they need to capitalize and punctuate each passage.
3. READY TO WRITE: As your students listen to the dictation, they can record it in their Dictation Composition Book. Use the weekly headers and punctuation guides to keep them on track.
Or use the weekly recording sheets—they also have punctuation guides that match each week’s dictation
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