Level: Any if student hasn't learned to write in cursive

Objectives:

Force renewed focus on spelling; increase ability to read cursive, introduce handwriting as a form of artistic expression and a pleasurable activity.

Materials:

Any good, legible Palmer Method chart of cursive letters and numbers, any paper, sharp pencils, clean-writing pens

Focus:

The learner will examine the examples given in the Pre-assessment. The learner will determine what these examples all have in common.

Pre-assessment:

The learner will demonstrate their cursive writing ability by copying one of these sentences (pangrams!) in cursive:

  1. Just keep examining every low bid quoted for zinc etchings.
  2. Jack quietly moved up front and seized the big ball of wax.
  3. My girl wove six dozen plaid jackets before she quit.
  4. Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes.
  5. Painful zombies quickly watch a jinxed graveyard.
  6. Blowzy red vixens fight for a quick jump.

Students who demonstrate adequate mastery of cursive may assist other students in the practice activity.

Practice:

  1. The learner will copy the provided chart (look for Palmer Method in Google Images) to learn the new forms, paying careful attention to the arrows showing direction of strokes.
  2. The learner will copy choice of short grammatically correct text.
  3. After a certain amount of rough draft practice, the learner will write choice of poem, song lyrics, wise sayings, etc. with colorful flair/marker pens on colorful construction paper...or advance to experimenting with calligraphy pens.

Variations:

In some classes, some students may already possess the skill. Enlist them to help their classmates form the letters according to the direction arrows, and to enforce the initial large size of the letters, spanning the two notebook spaces to imitate the Palmer chart.