Controlled Writing Activities
Copying: To help learner become comfortable with writing
words and sentences.
- Ask learner to read something and circle words
s/he wants to learn. Copy them onto separate index cards
for sight word
- Ask learner to copy all the traffic signs on his/her
street. Then review them together.
- Ask learner to copy a
language experience story s/he dictated.
- Ask learner to
dictate a note to a friend or relative, copy it, and mail
- Help learner make a vocabulary list related to a reading.
Ask the learner to dictate sentences using these words
and then to copy the sentences.
- Make a crossword puzzle using words learner knows;
the learner can copy the words into the puzzle from a
word list you
provide. (If using a story in Laubach Skillbook, use correlated puzzles.)
Select activities that reinforce a reading, or work with
topics of interest to the learner. Keep copying activities
short. Ask the learner to copy only materials that have
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