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Contracted Braille Reading and Writing Activities

Contractions collage

Random High School is a new braille reading and writing scheme currently in development.

I am currently putting together a series of stories aimed at reinforcing the acquisition of contracted braille signs. Typically, each section starts with a new set of contractions. In this section I am sharing Alphabetic Word Signs (also known as Single-Letter Whole-Word Braille Contractions).  

This one consists of a reading activity split into two sections.

Finally, there is a writing activity aimed at assessing acquisition of the new signs.

The story is about a boy who is being shipped off to a boarding school by his parents. They have recently got new jobs which means they will be travelling a lot. This means they won't be home. The new school is said to be very odd. In a typical fashion the story develops and the reader will find out that the school is very unusual and unique. The main character is called Malky, and he quickly realises that his new surroundings are remarkably strange. 

Materials: 

Procedure: 

This should be used once your student(s) has some understanding of the alphabetic word signs. 

Ask your student(s) to read the "reading section". Using your own records or notes, record any signs that your students struggle with or perhaps areas in which they need more practice. 

If you would like some record keeping sheets, please feel free to contact me. 

If you are happy to move on, ask you student to complete the writing activity. Complete this using one of the following methods:

  1. Copy directly from braille.
  2. Read out aloud to the student.
  3. If the student can access large print, give the student the exercises in print in their desired format.

 

Reading focus

Please contact me with any feedback - positive or negative. 

Comments

What a fantastic website. Are

Posted by Leonie Masterson

What a fantastic website. Are there any stories that use the braille contractions? Love the story above going to definately use it. 

Braille Resources

Posted by Leonie Masterson

Hi John,

Thank you for your speedy reply.

I teach all of the code with different students and just progress through the code, I normally write my own short stories do it is great to have something already done. I find there is a bit of a gap in the Reading schemes for the younger students, although the RNIB have now redone Hands On in UEB which is fantastic, Abi books are good but for the younger child they are quite difficult to understand. I have been teaching Braille since 2003 and always get so enthused when there is something new for my students. I will definately be using all of your stories to consolidate learning and introduce new wordsigns, shortforms and contractions.

Is there a way that I will able to download and then use the embosser to put them into Braille otherwise do I Braille them out from the print copy.

Have you ever written a complete reading scheme for Braillists? It sounds like your stories do follow on from eachother and can be used to progress through the code.

I am so pleased to have found this as a resource, anything that you have that uses dot 5's
Contractions, wordsigns, shortforms, punctuation ( basically the whole code) would be amazing
I wrote a mnemonics sheet for the alphabet to help students remember the letters and a set of books that introduced each letter of the alphabet anything to get students intersested and ways they can remember the code. I am grateful for any new resources

Thank you in advance,
Leonie

More requests for braille contractions

Posted by Leonie Masterson

Please could I have dot 5's and the strong wordsigns, and of the for with (will these be in words also eg band, them, forget, roof etc.
Er, ed, ou, ow (if possible)

Regards,
Leonie

Braille contractions

Posted by Leonie Masterson

Hi John,

That is fantastic. Are they on the website to download? I will try downloading the alphabetical wordsigns straight into Braille.

Regards,
Leonie

Dot 5

Posted by Leonie Masterson

Sorry didn't see the email about dot 5's. If you could post them that would be great
Regards
Leonie

Practice lessons with Dot 5 Composite signs

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Hi Leonie,

We thought you'd be interested to know that there are new ideas available now for providing reading and writing practice with Dot 5 Composite Signs:  http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/strategies/braille-dot-5-composite-signs-...

Let us know what you think!

Braille random high

Posted by Leonie Masterson

Hi John
I wonder how far you with your dot 5 story, and,of the with and er,ar,ed etc. I have used your alphabetical wordsign story with great success so if you have anymore that would be great. Thanks and I await your reply. Hope all is well
Regards
Leonie

your materials

Posted by Marsha Bork

I would like to have access to your UEB materials. Nice work John! Is there a website I should link to?

Practice lessons with Dot 5 Composite signs

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Hi Marsha,

We thought you'd be interested to know that there are new ideas available now for providing reading and writing practice with Dot 5 Composite Signs:  http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/strategies/braille-dot-5-composite-signs-...

Let us know what you think!

Thank you.

Posted by Letha Oppman

Hi John,

Thanks for sharing! I wish there was a way TVIs could share resources like this like Teachers pay Teachers does.

Letha

TVIs Sharing Resources

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Hi Letha,

TVIs are invited to share ideas on this site and many others find lessons and use them.  If you're interested in sharing any of your own ideas or lessons, please feel free to email us at Pathsto.Literacy@perkins.org.

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