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Cursive

Keeping cursive alive in your classroom? Make the art of cursive letter-writing easier to teach and easier to learn with teaching resources created by teachers, for teachers. You'll find cursive alphabet resources, cursive handwriting sheets, cursive licenses, and more! Every resource in this penmanship collection has been carefully curated by the Teach Starter team of expert teachers, so they're ready to download and print and ready for you to start using in your elementary classroom!

What Is Cursive?

Sometimes known as script, cursive is a style of penmanship in which letters are joined together in a flowing manner. This style of handwriting is often quicker to write, at least when compared to block letters, and it's often taught to students shortly before they're allowed to begin using a pen in the classroom.

Why Do We Teach Cursive?

Some school districts have abandoned cursive letters and the cursive alphabet, and Common Core standards call for teaching handwriting in just kindergarten and first grade before moving on to keyboard skills. But if you're in a district where cursive is still taught, you may be in one of the 14 states that still require cursive instruction. Or maybe you're just in a group of teachers who love flowing script! Either way, cursive can be helpful for students as they examine old texts — the founding fathers used cursive — and there's evidence of overall cognitive and academic benefits from handwriting in general. Studies have even found that cursive has been linked specifically to measurable positive effects on spelling and composition skills for older kids.

How to Teach Cursive

Wondering how to teach cursive this school year? This collection of cursive handwriting sheets, jokes, and more can help make the practice of penmanship more fun for your elementary students!

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  • Go to ASL Alphabet Line - Cursive and Print teaching resource

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    ASL Alphabet Line - Cursive and Print

    Display this set of 26 ASL alphabet posters with cursive and print letters to help your students with letter formation and handwriting.

    Teach Starter Publishing 13 pages Grades: PK - 5
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    Cursive Handwriting Posters

    Display this set of 26 posters with upper and lowercase cursive letters and directional markings to help students easily write the cursive alphabet.

    Teach Starter Publishing 13 pages Grades: 3 - 5
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    Just Joking! Cursive Joke Book Practice Worksheets

    Trace 10 cringe-worthy jokes in cursive font and rewrite each joke independently in cursive on the lines.

    Teach Starter Publishing 10 pages Grades: 2 - 4
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    Cursive License and Application

    Get your students excited about mastering cursive writing by giving them a cursive license.

    Teach Starter Publishing 2 pages Grades: 2 - 5
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    Cat Handwriting Lines - Solid Middle Line

    A set of handwriting lines to use when teaching your students how to sit their letters properly on a line.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: K - 3
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    Cat Handwriting Lines - Dotted Middle Line

    A set of handwriting lines to use when teaching your students how to sit their letters properly on a line.

    Teach Starter Publishing 1 page Grades: K - 3
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    Cursive Practice - Letters

    A set of 6 sheets to practice writing letters in cursive.

    Teach Starter Publishing 6 pages Grades: 2 - 5
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    Cursive Practice - Sentences

    A set of 6 sheets to practice writing sentences in cursive.

    Teach Starter Publishing 6 pages Grades: 2 - 5
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    Pen Licenses

    They've done it! They have achieved the all important goal of being allowed to write with a pen. This moment deserves something special.

    Teach Starter Publishing 3 pages Grades: 5 - 7