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Benson Handwriting with Integrated Reading and Language Arts—Texas

Grades K–5

Handwriting Lessons

Each lesson takes approximately 15 minutes and includes

  • letter formation models.
  • scaffolded practice using both 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).
  • Focus is on manuscript letter formation at grades K and 1, a gradual transition to cursive at grade 2, and cursive letter formation and mastery in grades 3, 4, and 5.

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 reading and language arts standards 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.