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Texas Benson Handwriting with Integrated Reading Language Arts

Texas Vertical Manuscript—Spanish

Handwriting Lessons

Each lesson takes approximately 15 minutes and includes

  • letter formation models
  • scaffolded practice with print and digital support
  • independent practice 
  • extension activities through print and digital practice materials
  • self-assessment prompts

Letter Formation

Support for proper letter formation through multiple print and digital avenues.

  • simple letter formation with easy-to-follow instructions in each lesson
  • QR codes at point of use provide animated letter formation models accessible on mobile devices—school-to-home support
  • desk strips and wall posters
  • reproducible letter tracing cards (grades K and 1)

Legibility—Keep the Focus

A Keep the Focus feature in each lesson reinforces the four components of legibility.

  • size
  • spacing
  • slant
  • strokes

Language Arts & Reading

Each lesson contains activities incorporating grade-appropriate ELAR or SLAR TEKS such as

  • Foundational Skills—phonological awareness, phonics, and phonograms
  • Reading Skills—following directions, main idea and details, cause and effect, compare and contrast, using textual evidence, figures of speech, point of view, and plot and characters
  • Word Study—identifying word meaning, prefixes/suffixes, synonyms/antonyms, spelling patterns, and content-area vocabulary
  • Writing—responding to texts, composing in specific genres (narrative, informational, argumentative, poetry, drama), and reproducible writing journals (grades K and 1)
  • Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics—capitalization, punctuation, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and proper nouns