Handwriting Learning Objective Examples

Instructor: Summer Stewart

Summer has taught creative writing and sciences at the college level. She holds an MFA in Creative writing and a B.A.S. in English and Nutrition

Knowledge of handwriting objectives helps teachers measure any student's progress, since students master it at different paces. In this lesson, we will review handwriting objectives and examples of practicing each skill.


All students grasp the concepts of handwriting at different times, which can make it really hard for an elementary school teacher to know if the curriculum is working for the class. Luckily, the education industry has outlined a series of handwriting objectives to help teachers measure individual student's progress as they continue in school. Handwriting objectives are important because a teacher can keep track of each individual student's success in each area, even if they haven't fully mastered another component of handwriting. In this lesson, we will go over the main handwriting objectives used to assess a student's grasp of each concept; examples will be provided with each objective to give you a better view of the concept in action.

Holding the Pencil Correctly

This is the most important and hardest task. Children must learn how to hold a pencil correctly and comfortably. Ideally, students will have begun this process in preschool by holding crayons or grabbing food with their fingers using the pincer motion.

The two main grips (both right and left-handed) are the tripod and quadropod grips. In both grips, the thumb, index, and middle fingers are in motion, moving the pencil across the page, while the pinky and ring fingers are stationary.

If a student holds the pencil incorrectly, you can correct it by showing the child how to hold the pencil correctly. Encourage constant use of a pencil for writing and drawing to increase the habit of holding it correctly. Students shouldn't move onto formal letter writing until they have mastered the ability to grip a pencil.

Form Uppercase and Lowercase Letters

Generally, a student should learn how to write uppercase and lowercase letters by the time they leave first grade. Begin by teaching students to write the uppercase letters followed by teaching the lowercase letters.

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