Presentation can make a big difference, both to readability and initial visual impact. Limit lines to 60 to 70 characters. Lines that are too long or short can put strain on eyes. Use line spacing between paragraphs to break up text. Use wide margins and headings. Use of boxes for emphasis or to highlight important text can be effective. Avoid dense blocks of text by using short paragraphs. Use bold to highlight. Italics, or underlining can make the words run together. Keep lines left justified with a ragged right edge.
Use bullets or numbers rather than continuous prose. Don't hyphenate words that are not usually split in order to fill up line ends, e. The space between lines is important.
Recommendations suggest a leading space of 1. Writing Style. The way in which text is written can have an impact on the reader. Long and complicated sentences can be difficult for the reader to navigate and comprehend. Write in short simple sentences. Be conscious of where sentences begin on the page. Starting a new sentence at the end of a line makes it harder to follow.
Try to call the readers 'you'; imagine they are sitting opposite you and you are talking to them directly. Give instructions clearly. Avoid long sentences of explanation. Gradually we transitioned into dictation where I would read the passage and they would write to the best of their ability. We also practiced narration, thought to be the precursor to good grammar usage, during history and science instruction.
Narration is where the student tells back what was just read or learned. To learn more about the use of copy work, dictation and narration, read A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola. When our kids were reading on a third grade level and able to write sentences on their own without tears of frustration, we transitioned into a formal writing program.
Lots of hands-on activities really help the kids remember what they are learning. The format of each lesson is systematic and cumulative: exactly the same for each topic covered. Students learn brainstorming, writing, editing and revising with engaging lessons. Requires a fair amount of panning and organizing by the parent and is somewhat teacher intensive.
Students learn 5-steps to master non-fiction writing. Lesson are taught in a multimedia format. Students can read the lesson or listen and watch the course instruction via video. Our kids loved this aspect! Assignments are broken into very manageable, small chunks and turned in emailed to the teacher who grades the assignment and returns it to the student for corrections or with instructions to move to the next lesson.
We live in an age of amazing technical advances that allows dyslexics to get the help they need when and where ever they are. Super easy to use and mostly effective. Dragon Go! Can be used with some popular social networking sites. The audio recording is time-locked to your typing and drawing.
You may want to use a keyboard or stylus for this app to be more functional. More complicated to use than Soundnote. Did I use complete sentences? Did I end each sentence with the correct punctuation? Did I use commas and semicolons correctly? Did I capitalize all proper nouns correctly? Did I begin each sentence or direct quotation with a capital letter? Did I read aloud slowly to monitor for cohesiveness and staying on topic? Use an Outside Editor After you have revised your first draft, consider having someone else read your draft.
Tell him your objective with the piece. For example, Is it clear? Do I make my point succinctly? Is my grammar and spelling correct? How can I make it more interesting or compelling? Activities Write every day! Set aside minutes each day. Provide yourself opportunities in a variety of formats, such as: After an outing, describe the event by creating and filling out a fact sheet what, where, when, with you, why.
Write sentences about where you went and what you did or what you saw. Watch short video clips from YouTube and write a short paragraph.
Include a contents page at the beginning and an index at end.