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ELL Support
Picture it! Provide opportunities for learners to practice strokes using their fingers. Encourage them to imagine themselves as conductors, using their finger as the baton when directing music. Encourage learners to use their "batons" to reflect different-sized curve under strokes.
OT TIPS
The forward slant of cursive writing is determined by the formation of the first stroke of each letter. Most cursive letters start at the bottom and slant up. The curve under and curve over stroke that begins 20
of the 26 lowercase cursive letters forms the slant of cursive writing. This first curve under or curve over stroke should be practiced and mastered before moving on to letters.
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    Learning the Strokes: Curve Under
Curve under begins more than half of all lowercase cursive letters and several uppercase letters. For lowercase cursive letters, this stroke begins on the baseline.
Trace and practice the curve under strokes that reach the midline.
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Trace and practice the curve under strokes that reach the skyline.
For uppercase cursive letters, this stroke begins on the baseline or the midline.
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Trace and practice the curve under strokes that begin on the midline and reach the skyline.
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Trace the curve under stroke that begins each letter below.
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Present
• Explain that cursive writing uses some strokes that are different from manuscript writing. Read aloud the heading on the page. Continue by asking students to follow along as you or a volunteer reads the next two sentences about the stroke.
Practice
• Have students practice writing curve under strokes that reach the midline. Remind them to begin on the baseline at the green starting dot.
• Then read the next set of directions together, and have students practice curve under strokes that reach the skyline.
• Read aloud the next section of introductory text about curve under strokes that begin at the midline. Where do these curve under strokes begin? (at the midline) Where do they end? (at the skyline)
• Have students complete the two rows by tracing and writing the curve under strokes that begin at the midline.
Proceed
• Direct students’ attention to the two rows of letters at the bottom of the page. Together, name the letters. Discuss where the curve under strokes begin for each letter and where they end. Call special attention to the letter L; the curve under stroke on this uppercase letter begins at the midline.
• Have students trace the curve under stroke that begins each letter in the two rows.
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