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Reading and Writing Braille I

Course Description

Reading and Writing Braille I is an introduction to the rules for using contracted and uncontracted braille in the preparation of brailled documents. The content includes lessons 1-11 of the Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing. Students will use direct six-key computer entry to learn how to form braille characters, acquire proficiency in reading and proofreading simulated and hard-copy braille, and transcribe basic-level literary braille.

Course Goals/Objectives

  1. Formulate and apply rules for all the basic braille letters, symbols, composition signs, braille contractions, and rules covered in lessons 1-11 that will prepare the student for successful mastery of lessons 12-20 covered in Reading and Writing Braille II.
  2. Successfully complete and electronically submit lessons 1-11 of Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing.
  3. Acquire proofreading skills in both simulated and hard-copy braille.
  4. Use a six-key direct-entry computer program to read and write braille.
  5. Use a Perkins braillewriter, slate, and stylus to write braille.
  6. Use an electronic braille embosser to produce hard-copy braille.

Lesson Plan/Projects

Week 1: Perky Duck Instruction

  1. Discuss how to install Perky Duck on home computer.
  2. Discuss how to submit lessons via e-mail.
  3. Read lesson 1: The Braille Alphabet.

Week 2: Braille Alphabet

  1. Review and discuss lesson 1 reading.
  2. In-class drills: preview drills/exercise.
  3. Complete and submit lesson 1.
  4. Read lesson 2: Capitalization, Paragraphing, Punctuation.

Week 3: Capitalization, Paragraphing, Punctuation

  1. Review and discuss lesson 2 reading.
  2. In-class drills: preview drills/exercise.
  3. Complete and submit lesson 2.
  4. Read lesson 3: Cardinal Numbers.

Week 4: Cardinal Numbers

  1. Review and discuss lesson 3 reading.
  2. In-class drills: preview drills/exercise.
  3. Complete and submit lesson 3.
  4. Read lesson 4: One-Cell, Whole-Word Contractions (and, for, of, the, with).

Week 5: One-Cell, Whole-Word Contractions

  1. Review and discuss lesson 4 reading.
  2. In-class drills: preview drills/exercise.
  3. Complete and submit lesson 4.
  4. Read lesson 5: Whole-Word Contractions (child, shall, this, which, out, still); Part-Word Contractions (ch, sh, th, wh, ou, st); Ordinal Numbers.

Week 6: Whole-Word Contractions, Part-Word Contractions, Ordinal Numbers

  1. Review and discuss lesson 5 reading.
  2. In-class drills: preview drills/exercise.
  3. Complete and submit lesson 5.
  4. Read lesson 6: Part-Word Contractions (ar, ed, er, gh, ow, ble, ing).

Week 7: Part-Word Contractions

  1. Review and discuss lesson 6 reading.
  2. In-class drills: preview drills/exercise.
  3. Complete and submit lesson 6.
  4. Read lesson 7: Whole-Word, Lower-Sign Contractions (in, enough, be, his, was, were); Part-Word, Lower-Sign Contractions (in, en, be, con, dis, com); Introduction to Short-Form Words.

Week 8: Whole-Word, Lower-Sign Contractions; Part-Word, Lower-Sign Contractions

  1. Review and discuss lesson 7 reading.
  2. In-class drills: preview drills/exercise.
  3. Complete and submit lesson 7.
  4. Read lesson 8: Whole-Word, Lower-Sign Contractions (to, into, by); Part-Word, Lower-Sign Contractions (bb, cc, dd, ff, gg, ea).

Week 9: Whole-Word, Lower-Sign Contractions; Part-Word, Lower-Sign Contractions; Short-Form Words

  1. Review and discuss lesson 8 reading.
  2. In-class drills: preview drills/exercise.
  3. Complete and submit lesson 8.
  4. Read lesson 9: Initial-Letter Contractions, More Short-Form Words.

Week 10: Initial-Letter Contractions, Short-Form Words

  1. Review and discuss lesson 9.
  2. In-class drills: preview drills/exercise.
  3. Complete and submit lesson 9.
  4. Read lesson 10: Final-Letter Contractions, More Short-Form Words.

Week 11: Final-Letter Contractions, Short-Form Words

  1. Review and discuss lesson 10 reading.
  2. In-class drills: preview drills/exercise.
  3. Complete and submit lesson 10.
  4. Read lesson 11: Short-Form Words, Proper Names.

Week 12: Short-Form Words, Proper Names

  1. Review and discuss lesson 11 reading.
  2. In-class drills: preview drills/exercise.
  3. Complete and submit lesson 11.

Week 13: Manuscript Transcription

  1. Discuss how to choose good books for trial manuscripts.
  2. Share good and bad examples of book pages for trial manuscripts.
  3. Open discussion and review of all lessons and rules covered.
  4. Choose one or two books for trial manuscript consideration; bring to week 14 class.

Week 14: Braille Production

  1. Discuss benefits and applications of using braillewriter, slate, and stylus to produce braille.
  2. In-class drills: create tags, labels, and other elements on braillewriter, slate, and stylus.
  3. Open discussion and review of all lessons and rules covered.
  4. Study lessons 1-11 for final exam.

Week 15: Open-Book Final Exam


Evaluation Methods

Lessons 60%

Final exam 20%

Class and Web participation 20%

Students will submit lessons weekly by the due date outlined by the instructor. Upon submission, students will receive the answers to the lesson in simulated braille. Students are expected to proofread their work against the answers, find their mistakes, report in an e-mail what mistakes they made, refer to the manual to determine the errors, and resubmit a fully corrected lesson in order to receive a final grade.

Types of Errors and Points Taken Off

  • Contractions omitted or misused: 2 pts
  • Characters misformed (including added or omitted dots): 1 pt
  • Incorrect division of words: 2 pts
  • Letters inserted or omitted: 2 pts
  • Text omitted or repeated: 3 pts
  • Spacing errors: 2 pts
  • Format irregularities: 2 pts
  • Punctuation or composition signs omitted or inserted: 2 pts

Lessons not turned in within the guidelines above will receive a failing grade.

Books and Supplies

Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing, Fourth Edition, 2000

Reproduced Drills for Instructional Manual for Braille Transcribing, 2000

English Braille American Edition, 1994

Braille Enthusiast's Dictionary

Standard dictionary: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is recommended

For students with the 2000 edition of the Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing, please note that an errata list accompanies the text and drill book. Please check this list for errata before starting each lesson.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites.

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