In third grade, students will begin to use part of their own narrations
as dictation exercises. They will tell you the narration; you will write it down for
them, and then dictate the first sentence back to them. Eventually they will learn
that, in order to write, all they need to do is put an idea into words (something
they’ve practiced extensively through narration), and then put those words down
on paper (which they’re accustomed to doing during dictation).
During the last two years of the elementary grades, you will concentrate on
drawing the two skills together for the student. Some students will be able to
bring the two steps together instinctively, without a struggle. But many need to be
led through the process gradually, with plenty of practice, so that it can become
second nature—and if they are not given this practice, they continue to struggle
into middle school, high school, and beyond.