2Writing is communication We write in order to:Remind ourselves of something we want to rememberTell another person what we knowLet a person know what we want
3Writing needs to be legible “Legible” means that our writing is easy to readWe need to be able to read what we writeOthers need to be able to read what we writeBut how do we know if it is legible?
4Legible handwriting follows 6 simple rules All letters are anchored on the foot line.Tall letters are tall.Short letters are short.Tail letters go below the foot line.There are spaces between words.Letters within words should be close together
5Rule number 1 All letters are anchored on the foot line. Picture of Aladdin’s Genie
6Even when there isn’t a foot line, Pictures slide in: Cereal boxCar logoyou can still imagine one is there.
8Rule 2: Tall letters are tall. ALL CAPITAL LETTERS & NUMBERS FIT THIS RULELower case letters that fit between the head line and the foot line.Here they are: b, d, f, h, k, l, & tADD dealteeth TENhead lineSamples of what happens when rules are not followed.foot line
9Let’s take a look.Genie againHere’s the rule with capital letters. See how using this rule makes all the letters the same size.
10Here is a first grade friend’s writing. Notice the tall letters touch the top and bottom lines, or the head and foot lines.
11Rule 3 - Short letters are short. These are lowercase letters that fit between the belt line and the foot line.mom cowis run asbelt linefoot line
12Here is another friend’s writing. Notice that he is keeping the short letters in the short letter space.
13g j p q y Rule number 4 Tail letters go below the foot line. There are only 5 of these, and they areg j p q y
15Here’s a friend who remembered the rule about “tail” letters. She made sure the “tail” letters went below the foot line as she was writing.
16Rule number 5 There are spaces between words. Sometimes we use our finger to help us remember to put in the spaces.Sometimes more than one!
17Rule number 6: Letters within words should be close together. See how she writes the letters within each word close together.
18I’ll bet you are getting pretty good at finding when the rule is followed. This person is pretty good at rule 5. Can you find the spots where he forgot?
19So, here it is again…our 6 rules. All letters touch the foot line.Tall letters are tall.Short letters are short.Tail letters go below the foot line.There are spaces between words.Letters within words should beclose together.