Dictation is a wonderful tool for improving your students' grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary and listening skills! DICTATION DONE RIGHT for Middle School will help your students become better writers through editing (capitalization, punctuation and spelling) and completing dictation from books that they have read, or will read, this school year.
Dictation passages are taken from the following books: The King's Fifth by Scott O’Dell (Weeks 1 and 2) The Iron Peacock by Mary Stetson Clark (Weeks 3 and 4) Madeline Takes Command by Ethel C. Brill (Weeks 5 and 6) The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler (Weeks 7 and 8) Stowaway by Karen Hesse (Weeks 9, 10 and 11) In Search of Honor by Donnalynn Hess (Weeks 12 and 13) The Broken Blade by William Durbin (Weeks 14 and 15) Betsy and the Emperor by Stanton Rabin (Weeks 16 and 17) Only the Names Remain by Alex W. Bealer (Week 18) Nory Ryan’s Story by Patricia Ryan Giff (Week 19) Anna and the King by Margaret Landon (Weeks 20 and 21) The Good Master by Kate Seredy (Weeks 22 and 23) Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan (Weeks 24 and 25) Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan (Weeks 26) Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serraillier (Weeks 27 and 28) The Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi (Weeks 29 and 30) I Am David by Anne Holm (Weeks 31 and 32) It’s A Jungle Out There by Ron Snell (Weeks 33 and 34) Chu Ju’s House by Gloria Whelan (Week 35) The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (Week 36)
**The weekly dictation passages are part of Sonlight Curriculum's Core H Language Arts program.**
Each week your students will independently complete three easy steps as they prepare to listen to 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; then consider which words are difficult to spell; circle those words and write them on the Words to Practice sheet.
2. Words to Practice: This 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.
3. 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, hyphens, and ellipsis) that are missing. 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 students have completed the Punctuation Practice sheet they will check their work with the Dictation Worksheet.
**BONUS**: There are 49 Punctuation Rule Cards included in this pack. They will help your students understand why, when, and how to capitalize and punctuate each passage.
Now your students are ready to listen to the dictation as you read it and write the passage... DICTATION DONE RIGHT!
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Before becoming a homeschooling mom, I received my Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida. After graduating, I had a career as a base planner for the United States Air Force. While working at the USAF Academy, I met my pilot-husband and began travelling the US and growing our family. Since 2005, I have homeschooled our seven children in South Carolina, Washington, New Jersey, Illinois, and now, Alaska! I love being a part of my children's education. We have four boys, three girls and lots of learning styles. Every year brings new learning adventures and challenges--and I look forward to sharing them with you.