Ever have a detention period and thought that all participants should have something constructive
to do--and it was not intended to simply be a time to spend on homework because they'd have had
to do the homework at home anyway? Is detention really a consequence for some bad behavior or just
a forced opportunity to do homework? We had 1-hour detention periods and I would write one of
these sentences on the board and have the students time me as I wrote it, neatly. Each one can be
written within one minute by 5th and 6th graders, so I required that they have 50, yes fifty
copies of the chosen sentence, each of which:
MUST be written neatly
Must extend from one edge of the paper to the other --no margins, no "miniature" writing.
Line 1 could be a "sample" writing line so they could get a feel for how the words would fit.
MUST be written completely on one line and one line only
MUST use the appropriate capitalization and punctuation
MUST be completed within the allotted 1 hour period
[Having them read the sentence to you in 5 seconds or less when handing their paper in can be fun!]
As this is a legitimate and productive handwriting activity for the purpose of cursive practice,
I never once in 25 years had a parent complain, even when they had to stand at the door to pick up
their errant child after detention, waiting for their child to finish. I always explained that any
child not done could NOT leave until finished because they had certainly not been attending to the
task at hand (what an ogre!). I do not remember a parent who did not side with me and chastise their
flagging student. Talk about pressure!
You must decide the quality you will accept. Oh, and keep the papers in their portfolio!
You could, of course make up your own sentences! But why bother?
I suggest you simply copy and paste the list into your favorite word processor! :-)
Aaron Atwater's aardvark always ate an apple after an adventure.
Barbara's bratty baby brother broke Bobby Baker's big, blue balloon.
Candice Cota's cousin Carmine can cook crispy crunchy croutons.
David didn't dilly dally during Dudley's diving demonstration.
Ellen Ewing easily evaded Elsie Ester's entertaingly ellusive ewe.
Fanny Farmer's funny frog Fifi frequently followed Freddy Farfan.
Gigi Grogan gave George Gavin's great grey Gorilla green goggles.
Happily, Harry Holland hastily heated Helen Harmon's hot hash.
Ingrid Islip's information is indeed indicating Ida's idea is ideal.
Jumping jubilantly Jack Johnson just juggled Judy James' jellybeans.
Kiki Kennedy kindly kept kinky Karen Kidman's Khaki koala Koko.
Larry Leland liked Lolly Lawill's lovely little Laoation lilly lei.
Marvin Momo married Mimi Martin's mother Monday morning.
Nancy Nino's nosey nanna Nina never noticed Nando's noodles.
Oscar Olson often ordered orange Olympian oysters on October one.
Paul's papa picked Pepper Pope's pet Panda Pepe's pretty pink poppies.
Quinton Quintard quietly quaffed Quebec's Queen's quacker.
Randy Roark's really rare red roan Rajah reluctantly reared right.
Sassy Sally Sosa seems so silly shouting Susan's sports slogans.
Thadius Tate took Tito's tiny Tonka trucks to Toronto that Thursday.
Ulyses Unger's understanding uncle's union usually united us.
Vivacious Vivian Vance viewed Victor's vaulted Victorian veranda.
Wally wondered why Wanda would want Willy's withered willow wand.
Xenopobic Xavier Xander xrayed xylophonist Xerxes' xiphisternum.
Yanni Young's yellow yak Yoyo yesterday yanked Yoshi's yams.
Zoophilic Zoey Zappa zapped Zola's zigzagging zealand zorilla.