Week 1 Copywork

This quote from the book can be used for copywork this week. For more information on Copywork and Dictation and how to use them, click on the article below.

How To Know If You Are Using Copywork And Dictation The Right Way To Teach Language Arts

If you are a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, then chances are the words copywork and dictation have come up repeatedly in homeschool discussions. The late Charlotte Mason, an educator who inspired an entire homeschool philosophy, advocated copywork and dictation as two of the key components to educating children in language arts.


“Once upon a time, many years ago--when our grandfathers were little children--there was a doctor; and his name was Dolittle--John Dolittle, M.D.”

Capitalization of Proper Nouns:

Doctor Dolittle's name is capitalized in this sentence, so discuss with the children the differences in common nouns and proper nouns. You can learn more about these in the link provided below.

Common and Proper Nouns

Learn more about common and proper nouns. Our lessons offer detailed explanations along with exercises to test your knowledge.

Em Dash:

In this example, we can also discuss the use of the Em Dash as a replacement for a colon and parentheses. You can read more about this in the article below.

Em dash

A pair of em dashes can be used in place of commas to enhance readability. Note, however, that dashes are always more emphatic than commas. And yet, when the car was finally deliveredā -nearly three months after it was orderedā -she decided she no longer wanted it, leaving the dealer with an oddly equipped car that would be difficult to sell.


A semicolon is used in this sentence between the two clauses. The following article explains the semicolon.

The Semicolon

Printer Fabulous! The semicolon [ ; ] is a powerful mark of punctuation with three uses. The first appropriate use of the semicolon is to connect two related sentences. The pattern looks like this: Here is an example: Grandma still rides her Harley motorcycle; her toy poodle balances in a basket between the handlebars.


The words Medical Doctor are abbreviated as M.D. in this quote. This would be a good time to discuss abbreviations with students. The following article might help.


A shortened form of a word or a phrase is called an abbreviation. People use abbreviations to save time and space. People are always creating new abbreviations, and old ones are sometimes forgotten. Some abbreviations are official, such as the codes that the U.S. Postal Service uses for the states.

Abbreviations and Names of People | Free, Printable Punctuation Worksheets

Need a worksheet on common abbreviations? Here it is! Your student will work with the abbreviations for such words as Mister, Doctor and Reverend. These shortened forms are often used in literature and are important for students to understand. While most appropriate for 4th through 6th grades, you may find them helpful for other grades as well.


Dictate the passage to the student and have them transcribe it exactly.

For younger students, a French Dictation worksheet has been provided below. Just click on the blue paperclip to download.

Doctor Dolittle French Dictation Week 1.pdf