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Dictation is a tried and true method for teaching language arts, but if you have never used it before it can be a little daunting. It just seems too simple.
That’s why we have combined Australian and New Zealand dictation passages with a teaching resource that will show you how to make the most of dictation.
You are also taught how you can apply these ideas to other dictation passages.
Children benefit from using this method because:
This resource also uses passages from a wide variety of text types (writing styles). Children are encouraged to recognise what type of text they are writing. To help you an explanations of the different text types are given in the appendix. Text types include reports, procedures, explanations, narratives, recounts, and descriptions.
Dictation is a simple tool but it is still hard work for the child because they need to concentrate on the mechanics of writing.
Using dictation allows children to practice their writing frequently without the additional stress of trying to think what to write.
“Our society is so obsessed with creativity that people want children to be creative before they have any knowledge or skill to be creative with.”
A Strong Start in Language by Ruth Beechick©1986
Many people worry that dictation stifles creativity. It doesn’t.
It gives children good models to work from and equips them to write well. When they want to write creatively they have a strong foundation already laid.
Your English lessons will be less stressful because you are given a framework to follow and you are freed from having to find passages, or think up, writing topics to try to motivate your child to do original writing.
We give you ideas on how to use dictation to teach:
We also have other bonus features such as:
All of the quotes used are also used in the Downunder Copywork Series.
Downunder Dictation and Teacher’s Guide can be used:
Dictation lessons can be done:
This is not a graded text because dictation can be used regularily from 4th grade onwards.
With one passage multiple ages and multiple topics can be taught.
Passages are presented in a large font which makes it suitable for copywork for younger children.
Dictation exercises are aimed to suit grade 4-8 (Ages 9-14).
You can feel confident because this method of teaching writing has a long proven track record
Instant download means you can start using this effective method immediately.