The dramatic improvement in my fourth- and fifth-graders reading and writing skills over a single school year was attributable to the use of dictation exercises I developed to introduce and review the use of high-frequency sight words.
This book is a collection of the specific sentences I used for this instruction, arranged by grade level. A dictation technique is provided. Dictation blends the activities of listening, writing, and checking through reading. This process appeals to students whether they learn primarily in a visual, an auditory, or a kinesthetic way. Dictation engages students by combining the use of several senses at the same time.
Dictation is most effective in improving listening, writing and reading skills if it is conducted daily over a two- or three-week period early in the school year. After students become proficient in the use of sight words, writing instruction progresses to more advanced exercises.
Equally beneficial results are obtained when this material is used in adult education.
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