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  • Session 5 Writing Exercise

    Directions: Transcribe into braille the following sentences.

    Transcriptions are to be prepared using a brailler emulation program (Mac/PCBrailler, Duxbury, Edgar, Megadots, etc.). Files must be submitted electronically. No hardcopy braille will be accepted.

    Files done with brailler emulation programs (Mac/PCBrailler, Duxbury, Edgar, Megadots, etc.) should be emailed as text files to Feedback Form (we are no longer accepting submissions) Make sure you put your name in electronic braille as a part of the file itself. Please do not send files titled "braille" or "session5".  If you are sending your work as an email attachment, you should name your files as something unique, such as the first six (6) characters of your email address, and then the characters "S5", followed by the three letter code (.dxb, .acn, etc.) that your braille software produces. For example, Duxbury files sent by would be titled "broadnaxS5.dxb", where ".dxb" is the three letter code Duxbury uses for its files. The limit on the part of the file before the dot is eight (8).


    The exercises are designed for a 40-cell braille line with 25 lines per page. If you must work with something other than a 40-cell braille line, a note should be included as part of your file telling the instructor the number of cells across you are using.

    The first line of the first page should carry a centered heading, such as Session 3, Session 4, and so on. The heading should be followed by a blank line. Consecutive page numbers should be shown at the right margin on the first line of each page.

    Each sentence, that is, each sentence number, should begin in cell 3 with sentence runovers in cell 1. No blank lines should be left between sentences.

    The maximum number of spaces on a braille line should be utilized. Therefore, wherever there is room on a line for one or more syllables and a hyphen, even on the last line of a braille page, as many syllables should be written on that line as space will permit.

    At the end of the exercise leave one blank line and braille your full name.

    1. You may eat ravioli if you desire, but you will not like it. Probably you'd rather have spaghetti or zita with extra sauce on the side.
    2. Surely he can play the game, too, if he tries. Every boy can play baseball with lots of practice.
    3. Do not set that empty can on my new bookcase. Can't you see that it will spoil the lovely black surface?
    4. "You can't go away from home just yet," Mom says. "Dad says he still has a lot of stuff for you."
    5. Look at this! I have as big a muscle as you have. I can do every job that you can do.
    6. He is just a man, but not very humane. It is a fact that he is quite bad with animals as well as with people.
    7. Don't expect Tom's help with the talk on meteorology. Tom's knowledge on that subject is rather vague.
    8. I'm still as hungry as a horse. Will you put more food on my plate?
    9. Will's people will visit us soon. Mom and Dad as well as a niece and nephew have plans for a trip up from Atlanta next week.
    10. He is not quite as brilliant as my uncle, but I am sure that he can do this job for you if you just spell out the details he requires.
    11. Mr. Johnson, the man that lives next door, took James and me for a ride on the trolley. He says he does not recall that he took us on the same ride on May 12.
    12. I am quite sure you will like the lecture on philosophy, and for once, you will see the value of it.
    13. Ronald gave a book review of, he says, every male's favorite book, Jack London's THE CALL OF THE WILD.
    14. So few people like that petty politician---he will surely lose. But, I still want to get out the vote so we can get rid of that crude man.
    15. I am told that he is not quite as bad as we feel he is, but I am still not very happy with the fact that he will not go.
    16. I shall look for a few items that we will want with us on the trip. Will you ask for and pay my bill at the hotel?
    17. If he walks home, this child wants the blue and black umbrella that is out on the deck.
    18. He snubs me, but I shall not do likewise, as I feel no ill will.
    19. "That --- so-and-so took my diamond bracelet! I'll get it back---just you wait and see!"
    20. Mr. Symanski looks directly at Scott and, with the emphasis on all, he tells the class: "For the next lesson you will ALL practice Haydn's Surprise Symphony."

    The answer key for this exercise is available for students registered for limited or full support.

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