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Dictation Passages PowerPoint – Year 1

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A 22 slide editable PowerPoint Template which can be used for a range of dictation activities.

Dictation is a valuable teaching and learning tool. It enables students to apply punctuation and grammar conventions they have been taught to a ‘real text’ context. It also allows students to fine-tune their listening and editing skills.

These 20 dictation passages align directly to the Australian Curriculum for Year 1 English. The punctuation and grammar conventions addressed in this teaching resource include:

  • capital letters (slides 3-6)
  • full stops (slides 7-10)
  • question marks (slides 11-14)
  • exclamation marks (slides 15-18)
  • word families (slides 19-22).

A marking sheet is available for teachers.

Read more about Speaking and Listening activities on our blog 10 Activities for Developing the Skills of Speaking and Listening.

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  • Wendy Butler

    I was wondering how this was designed to be used … Is the teacher supposed to read the slide to the children and they copy it or do they write it without seeing it or do the children read it to the teacher?

    Comment by Wendy Butler on June 16, 2018 at 10:33 pm


      Dictation, by definition, is writing down what another is saying. So for this to be a teaching and learning resource, the teacher reads the sentences aloud while the students write what they can hear, remembering to include what they know about sentence structure and grammatical concepts.
      When I am reading these to my class, I read the whole passage and then repeat at a far slower pace with a lot of repetition until I feel the students have had an adequate amount of time to write what I have been saying. We mark as a class on the powerpoint.

      Comment by MISS JACKMAN on June 20, 2018 at 8:15 pm

  • Kirsty Court

    Year 1 and Year 6 slides cannot be opened by PowerPoint. It keeps coming up as ‘error’. All other years were not a problem.

    Comment by Kirsty Court on March 23, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    • Kristian Kristian

      Hi Kirsty,
      We haven’t been able to replicate the issue on our end.

      Sometimes this error happens with older versions of PowerPoint or some school versions which prevent PowerPoint templates being opened.

      Can I get you to try something for me? Please right click the file and select ‘Open’ from the menu. This should allow you to access the file without the error message.

      If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

      Official comment by Kristian on March 25, 2019 at 8:33 am

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Resource Updates

  • Added word count to each slide

    Addition by Jill (Teach Starter) 13th Oct, 2017

  • The marking sheet for this resource can now be downloaded by selecting 'Marking Sheet' from the download options menu.

    Change by Victoria (Teach Starter) 25th Apr, 2017

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