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Dictation Passages PowerPoint – Year 6

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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 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.

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  • Jennifer Cunningham

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

    Comment by Jennifer Cunningham on March 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    • 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,

      Comment by Victoria (Teach Starter) on March 13, 2017 at 8:44 am

  • Krystin Davey

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

    Comment by Krystin Davey on June 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    • 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,

      Comment by Victoria (Teach Starter) on June 21, 2017 at 11:42 am

  • 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

    Comment by Phyllis Pease on December 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    • Kristian Kristian

      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.

      Official comment by Kristian on December 27, 2018 at 2:04 pm

  • 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?


    Comment by Phyllis Pease on December 28, 2018 at 6:43 am

    • Kristian Kristian

      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.

      Official comment by Kristian on December 28, 2018 at 8:09 am

  • 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.


    Comment by Phyllis Pease on December 28, 2018 at 8:09 am

    • Kristian Kristian

      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.

      Official comment by Kristian on December 28, 2018 at 8:17 am

  • allym534

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

    Comment by allym534 on August 18, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    • Royce (Teach Starter) 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.

      Official comment by Royce (Teach Starter) on August 19, 2019 at 9:41 am

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  • 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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