Consonant digraphs and trigraphs, double consonants, blends and silent letters.
This resource contains dictation sentences for 27 groups of focus graphophonic patterns. For the specific graphophonic patterns please see the Preview file (each group is listed on the contents page). Each group of graphophonic patterns (such as “ss, ll, gg”) has two sentences.
This resource is not exhaustive, however I have included most of the consonant digraphs, trigraphs, blends, clusters, double letters and silent letters that are commonly taught in lower primary. If you have students in middle or upper primary who are struggling with spelling, then you may also be able to use this resource with them. If you’re looking for dictation focusing on vowel sounds, take a look at my other resource ‘Memory Dictation Passages Lower Primary: Long Vowels, R-controlled Vowels and Vowel Digraphs’
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This resource includes each dictation passage listed in small font on simple pages with no additional borders or clipart. Why not print these pages to keep with your planning documents and date each passage as you use it? The rest of the document displays each dictation passage one to a page in a clear, large font with a simple border. You could print these on A3 paper, laminate and keep to use year after year. Or, just display them on your interactive whiteboard.
What is Memory Dictation?
Memory dictation is an effective strategy to encourage students to apply what they have learnt in spelling and/or punctuation lessons. I have used memory dictation in junior to upper primary classrooms after I have explicitly taught the spelling or punctuation focus. Memory dictation is different to regular dictation as students see the passage beforehand. And not only do they see it, with your help they identify interesting graphophonic features, brainstorm appropriate spelling strategies they could draw on and identify relevant prior knowledge to help them spell the focus words. Only then is the passage covered, ready for dictation.