Running Dictation

This activity can be used with any level – just use an appropriate text. It is great for introducing a text that you will study in depth through intensive reading. Or it can also be used to finish off a lesson/unit and review the text again… (this youtube video is a good explanation)

Resources You Get
* Running Dictation instructions
* Running Diction examples, read to use PDF
* Running Dictation template (to make your own)

Basically, you have to do 4 things.

1. Divide the class into groups of 3-5. One person is a scribe or writer. Give them the handout with only the first part of the article or topic sentence of paragraphs appearing.

2) Discuss the topic sentences, headline/title. Predict. What will the article be about? What words will you encounter? What questions do you have ? A kind of K_W_L (what I know / what I want to know / what I found out).

3. Put up the full text around the classroom, number them for each group. On GO!, the students in turns run to the article/text and read it. They then run back and tell the writer who records it. The next “runner” goes and so on…set a time limit or go until someone has finished the article.

4. Review and check against the real/full article/text. The winner is the group who best recorded the text and NOT the one who wrote the most!

Enjoy and get fit using Running Dictations!


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