Guidelines for Story dictations
1. Write the child’s name and date on each story.
2. Print as clearly as possible. Beginni...
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Story dictation guidelines

  1. 1. Guidelines for Story dictations 1. Write the child’s name and date on each story. 2. Print as clearly as possible. Beginning readers may be able to read some of the words on the page. Use correct spelling and punctuation even though the stories themselves may be grammatically incorrect. 3. Write down exactly what the child says even if it is grammatically incorrect. It helps to echo the child’s words as you write them down. Repeating the child’s words lets both of you know that you understood what was said and it helps the child see the connection between spoken and written words. If necessary, ask the child to speak more slowly or to repeat what has just been said. If the child loses track, read what has been written up to that point. 4. As story dictation is becoming classroom routine, it is important to convey acceptance of whatever a child offers as a story. After dictation is established, you can cautiously and sparingly intervene to help the child move to a more coherent, interesting story. However any intervention should be open-ended and value free. For example, you might say, “I’m confused. What does the character do next?” 5. Limit stories to one page. You can warn the child when there is little space left on the page and tell the child to think about how to end the story or suggest making it a “to be continued” story which can be completed another day. 6. After the child finishes telling the story, read the entire story back and make any changes he or she suggests. 7. After the story is written it is acted out with a teacher during kindergarten workshop time. 8. After each child has completed one story dictation, stories are dictated using an ongoing sign-up board located in the classroom. Once your routine is established you may be able to complete four to six story dictations in an hour. Depending on the class you may see the same faces week after week or there may be more variety.

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