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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:

A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla (Weeks 1 & 2)

Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla (Weeks 3 & 4)

“Who Has Seen the Wind” by Christina Rosetti (Week 5)

“My Gift” by Christina Rosetti (Week 6)

Squanto: Friend of Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla (Weeks 7 & 8)

“A Ship Sails Alone,” The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgiliesh (Week 9)

Courage of Sarah Nobel by Alice Dalgliesh (Weeks 10 & 11)

Skippack School by Marguerite de Angeli (Weeks 12 & 13)

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz (Week 14)

Phoebe the Spy by Judith Griffin (Week 15)

Will and Wisdom from Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin (Week 16)

The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz (Weeks 17 & 18)

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh (Week 19)

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret Cousins (Week 20)

Om-kas-toe by Kenneth Thomasma (Weeks 21, 22 & 23)

Sarah Witcher’s Story by Elizabeth Yates (Week 24 & 26)

Naya Nuki by Kenneth Thomasma (Weeks 25)

Robert Fulton: Boy Craftsman by Marguerite Henry (Week 27 & 28)

The Story of Eli Whitney by Jean Lee Latham (Week 29 & 30)

Tommy O’Dowd and the Big Ditch by Len Hilts (Week 31)

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Week 32)

Tikta’liktak by James A. Houston (Week 33)

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner (Week 34)

Jericho’s Journey by G. Clifton Wisler (Week 35 & 36)

The Secret of the Sealed Room 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 rules, 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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