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Dictation Passages PowerPoint - Year 6

PDF, PowerPoint, Word | 22 pages|Grade: 6

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 6 English. The punctuation and grammar conventions addressed in this teaching resource include:

  • commas to separate clauses (slides 3-6)
  • complex sentences (slides 7-10)
  • modality (slides 11-14)
  • objective and subjective language (slides 15-18)
  • apostrophes of possession (slides 19-22).

A marking sheet has been provided for teachers.

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

  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1517

    Understand the uses of objective and subjective language and biasElaborationsunderstanding when it is appropriate to share feelings and opinions (for example in a personal recount) and when it is appropriate to remain more objective (for example in a...

  • ACELA1521

    Understand the uses of commas to separate clausesElaborationsidentifying different uses of commas in texts (Skills: Literacy)(View this topic on www.australiancurriculum.edu.au )

  • ACELA1522

    Investigate how complex sentences can be used in a variety of ways to elaborate, extend and explain ideasElaborationsinvestigating how the choice of conjunctions enables the construction of complex sentences to extend, elaborate and explain ideas, fo...

  • ACELT1615

    Identify and explain how choices in language, for example modality, emphasis, repetition and metaphor, influence personal response to different textsElaborationsnoting how degrees of possibility are opened up through the use of modal verbs (for examp...

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Natasha Hussain

Why is there no preview naswer my questions

Natasha Hussain · Oct 20th, 2020

Paul (Teach Starter)

Hi ​Natasha,
Thanks for getting in touch. The resource preview function is now a premium feature, available only on a paid subscription. To subscribe to a Plus plan now, visit teachstarter.com/plans. Please let me know if I can help with anything else!

Paul (Teach Starter) · Oct 20th, 2020


How do teachers use the marking sheet to track progress please? Any ideas?

allym534 · Aug 18th, 2019

Royce (Teach Starter)

Hey Ally, thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. The PowerPoint is designed for teachers to read out as a dictation for students to write and edit the language features that need to go in. The marking sheet it there to add the relevant marks to your schools schedule after marking what each student has read. If you need assistance with anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Royce (Teach Starter) · Aug 19th, 2019

Phyllis Pease

Hi Kristian
I have figured it out. If I select the file from this point –

Use the drop-down menu to select the following download options:

Microsoft PowerPoint
Marking Sheet
and then choose save rather than open, I can access the file from my downloads. So all good.


Phyllis Pease · Dec 28th, 2018


Phyllis that’s wonderful. I am so glad you worked it out. If there is anything else I can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kristian · Dec 28th, 2018

Phyllis Pease

Hi Kristian
I right clicked and selected open in a new tab, but the same error messages appeared. One of the messages suggested I turn off my anti virus and then attempt to open but this did not work either. I am having the same problem with the Year 1 powerpoint from this series but as I said before the other grades have downloaded with no problems. Any other tips?


Phyllis Pease · Dec 28th, 2018


Hi Phyllis,
I meant for you to right-click the FILE, not the Download link. Find the file after you have downloaded it, right-click the file, and select open from the menu. Sorry for any confusion. Please let me know if this works for you.

Kristian · Dec 28th, 2018

Phyllis Pease

I have successfully downloaded year 3, 4 and 5 dictation power points but cannot get the year 6 to opwn, it has an error message, simply saying there is a problem (very helpful), i have an option to select repair, but this does not solve the issue. Any tips?

Great Resource BTW

Phyllis Pease · Dec 27th, 2018


Hi (first-name),

Hi Phyllis,
I see you are having a problem opening this PowerPoint.
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.

Kristian · Dec 27th, 2018

Krystin Davey

Hello, can you explain to me how to use this resource? Thanks!

Krystin Davey · Jun 19th, 2017

Victoria (Teach Starter)

Hi Krystin,
This resource has been created to use in the classroom as a whole class daily or weekly dictation activity.
Choose a dictation passage and read it out loud to your class. Without them seeing it, students record the dictation into their workbooks as you read the passage.
When you have finished, display the dictation passage on the board for the students to check for correct spelling and punctuation. Use the activities in the left-hand corner as an extension.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected].
Kind regards,

Victoria (Teach Starter) · Jun 21st, 2017

Jennifer Cunningham

Fantastic resource. Would be good though if you could include the marking sheet with the file rather than having to download separately.

Jennifer Cunningham · Mar 11th, 2017

Victoria (Teach Starter)

Hi Jennifer,
Thank you for your comment.
The Dictation Passages and the Marking Sheets have been created using two separate programs (Microsoft PowerPoint and Word). Due to the use of two separate programs, we are unable to upload this resource as one individual file.
We hope that you and your students continue to enjoy using this resource in the classroom.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].
Kind regards,

Victoria (Teach Starter) · Mar 13th, 2017

Resource Updates

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

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

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