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Cursive Handwriting
April 6th, 2008 by Melodie Larsen

     Learning to write neatly and legibly in cursive is a major task for third graders.  In our class, we use the Zaner-Bloser handwriting program. Under this program, all cursive letters are made from four basic strokes: the undercurve, overcurve, downcurve, and slant.  Combinations of these strokes form all the letters.

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    We also study the four keys to legibility, which are size, shape, spacing, and slant.  Students learn to assess their own writing for these attributes. 

Cursive Alphabet (Zaner-Bloser)

Cursive Stroke Descriptions for Individual Letters 1

Cursive Stroke Description for Individual Letters 2

Cursive Stroke Descriptions for Individual Letters 3

Lined Writing Paper

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2 Responses  
  • Luke writes:
    August 29th, 20099:28 amat

    I can’t wait tell we do cursive handwriting.

  • kassandra writes:
    January 5th, 200910:31 amat

    Learning cursive was a big acomplishment for me and it’s easier for my parents to read to ;]:}

    love,
    kassie


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