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Ways to Embed Cursive Writing Throughout Various Curriculum Areas

Opportunities to integrate cursive writing in other subject areas in order to support continued   student success.

Letter Writing - use cursive writing to write letters to a school community member, a municipal/provincial/federal government official about a social issue, a family member, Santa Claus, etc.
Lists - Hand Write lists on topics of the students’ choosing and interest
Journal writing - Hand write journal entries

Literacy centres

Invite students to experiment with different fonts
Provide a practice page inside a plastic sleeve to practice handwriting with a dry erase marker
Provide examples of cursive writing texts for students to read
Penpal project - handwrite letters to a class in another school

Use cursive writing during the writing process (e.g., during brainstorming)
Use elements of effective presentation through cursive writing by exploring different fonts, sizes, colours

Board Writing:
Teacher writes on board in cursive and students read
Vocabulary words in cursive writing
Students write date on the board in cursive
Digital Shared Readings:  change font to have students read in cursive

Social Studies:
Grade 3 - Compare and describe how handwriting was used in other communities (Simulate a day in the life of  students in communities in Canada from 1750-1850 - e.g. cursive writing on slates)
Grade 4 Early Societies - Examine ways that different societies used to communicate (i.e., calligraphy, hieroglyphics, etc.)
Grade 5 Role of Government and Citizenship - Handwrite a classroom bill of rights

Examine a primary source (historical document) that includes a handwritten component (i.e. - write a letter from the perspective of a historical figure)

Write a handwritten letter to a government official concerning an environmental or social  issue (i.e., global warming, foreign aid, potable water, etc.)

Visual Arts:
Artist sign their paintings/drawings in cursive.   Do what artists do. Have students sign their artwork in cursive.
Grade 3 - Create a two or three-dimensional work of art of student’s name in cursive writing, using elements of design (line, shape and form, space, colour, texture) t
Grade 3 - Explore how the element of line is used in different cursive fonts.

Exploring Symmetry - Students can create mirror image of their handwritten names
Exploring Area - Students can handwrite their names on a large piece of paper, then count how many blocks to cover their handwritten name

Articles to review:

Article on the value of cursive writing in Psychology Today:  “Why Writing by Hand Could Make You Smarter” -

The Trouble with Handwriting -

Resources for Parents

Resources for Students (books)

Traditional Handwriting: Beginning Cursive, Grades 1-3
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing 

Ready-Set-Learn: Cursive Writing Practice Grd 2-3
by Teacher Created Resources Staff

Learn To Write In Cursive: Over 8,000 Cursive Tracing Units
by Adrianne L. Mercury