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Dictation Tests: That Friday Thing That Lasts All Week Long
Transcript of Dictation Tests: That Friday Thing That Lasts All Week Long
That Friday Thing that Lasts All Week Long
Write to Learn Conference 2012
Kelly Middle School
A presentation by Thomas Ratledge
5. Create interest in good literature
4. Build vocabulary
3. Practice spelling, punctuation & capitalization
2. Improve proofreading skills
1. Improve listening skills
Why Dictation Tests?
Select a passage
excerpt from a novel
excerpt from short story
excerpt from a grammar book
What does the teacher do?
excerpt from a text book
Read the passage as it should be read
read it in parts so students can write what you say
Read it one more time
let students make changes
Give the students the passage to identify their errors
Writes down what is being dictated
Looks for mistakes
What does the student do?
Let's look at an example
from The Giver by Lois Lowry
Miss Mackle said that Room 2B was putting on a Thanksgiving play for the parents.
"I want to be Squanto," I said. "I want to show the Pilgrims how to plant corn with dead fish bodies."
"Okay, Doug, you can be Squanto."
"I want to be the dead fish body," Harry said.
It was still dark out when Judy woke up early the next morning. She tiptoed downstairs to the kitchen and started to save the world.
She hoped she could save the world before breakfast.
Mrs. Granger stood up ubruptly and said, "Then that is all for today, Nicholas. And may the best word win."
There was a frown on her face, but her eyes were different, almost happy.
Nick was halfway down the hall before it hit him. She likes this war, and she wants to win real bad!
Punctuation of sentences
Punctuation of contractions
Capitalization of proper nouns
Punctuation of commas for an interrupting expression
What can be done with this passage?
What GLEs Are Covered?
That's eight different mini-lessons that can be taught the next week, all referring back to the passage!
Eight different GLEs can be covered from just one short passage.
It's right here
Let's look at more examples
from Horrible Harry in Room 2B by Suzy Kline
from Judy Moody Saves the World by Megan McDonald
from Frindle by Andrew Clements