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UEB Curriculum for Braille Students

Unified Braille Curriculum
 
Catherine Summ and Suzanne Cappiello, who both work as Education Consultants for the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS-BESB) in CT, have created this curriculum.
 
 
We wrote these lesson plans because the United States will officially adopt the Unified English Braille (UEB) in January 2016. This change will impact classroom curriculum, leisure reading, textbooks, standardized tests and other forms of literature on a national level. We created these lesson plans in order to provide a curriculum for students and professionals already proficient in the English Braille American Edition (EBAE) code. Our goal was to create lessons that focused on the UEB but included exercises related to literacy and areas of the expanded core curriculum. These lessons may be used with individuals or in a group setting and we designed them so that they could be adapted to meet the needs of each student. We hope you enjoy using them.
 
 
 
 

UEB Lesson 1:   Eliminated EBAE Part Word Contractions No Longer Used in UEB

Tactile tic tac toe
The goal of this lesson is that the student will be able to identify the five part-word EBAE (English Braille American Edition) contractions that are not used in UEB (Unified English Braille):  
 
ble              ation              ally              dd              com
 

 

UEB Lesson 2: Eliminated EBAE Part Word Contractions No longer Used in UEB

small clock
 
 
The goal of this lesson is that the student will be able to identify the four part-word EBAE (English Braille American Edition) contractions below that are not used in UEB (Unified English Braille).
 
to              into              by              o’clock
 
 
 

UEB Lesson 3: New Spacing in UEB

girl using brailler
 
The goal of this lesson is that the student will be able to use spacing between words in UEB (Unified English Braille) that were previously joined together in EBAE (English Braille American Edition) : 
 
and    for     of      the     with     a
 
 

UEB Lesson 4: Typeform Indicators Used in UEB

brailler
 
 
 
The goal of this lesson is that the student will be able to identify typeform indicators used in UEB: Italics, Underline, Bold.
 
 
 
 

UEB Lesson 5: Punctuation Used in UEB

boy in gray shirt using braillewriter
 
 
The goal of this lesson is that the student will be able to identify punctuation used in the UEB code.
 
 
 
 

UEB Lesson 6: Miscellaneous Symbols

student in striped shirt high-fiving teacher
 
The goal of this lesson is that the student will be able to identify common miscellaneous symbols in UEB.  (These are symbols commonly found in general, academic, and technical reading materials.)
 
 
 
 

UEB Lesson 7: Period, Decimal and Dot Used in UEB

student in striped shirt reading braille
 
 
 
The goal of this lesson is that the student will be able to identify the dot combination for the period, decimal and dot that is now used in the UEB code.
 
 
 

UEB Lesson 8: Capitalization Used in UEB

student in blue shirt using braille writer
 
 
 
The goal of this lesson is that the student will be able to identify capitalization indicators that are now used in the UEB code.
 
 
 
 
 

UEB Lesson 9: Grade 1 Symbol Indicator used in UEB

brailler
 
 
The goal of this lesson is that the student will be able to identify the grade 1 symbol indicator that is now used in the UEB code.
 
 
 

UEB Lesson 10: Computer Notation used in UEB

two boys with glasses
 
 
The goal of this lesson is that the student will be able to identify computer notation that is now used in the UEB code.
 
 
 
 
 
Please let us know if you have any UEB lessons you would like to share with others!
 

 

 

Comments

Thank you.  I sooo appreciate

Posted by RoxanneR

Thank you.  I sooo appreciate these lessons. I started using them last week. Before that I didn't know how to get started. I wished that Hadley had offered us a packet for students upon completion of the UEB Transition course. You guys are awesome.
 
All the best,
Roxanne Richardson, TVI
Washington, DC (District of Columbia)

Is the Unified English

Posted by Kamie Fortier

Is the Unified English Braille Curriculum To Facilitate Transition from EBAE to UEB available for purchase? Where can I find out more about it and how much it costs?
Thanks,
Kamie Fortier

Hi Kamie,

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Hi Kamie,

The curriculum consists of the lessons here on Paths to Literacy.  We hope that others will contribute lessons to add to it!

 

 

UEB lessons

Posted by joanie Reisfeld

I am using these wonderful lessons. Will there be more added? Joanie

New UEB Lessons

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

We're so glad to know that you're using these lessons and that you find them to be helpful!  We are going to be adding Duxbury files soon (with the answer key!) and we hope that those will be useful to people.  Do you have any lessons you have created that you would like to share?  We welcome new voices from the community!

Lessons in UEB

Posted by joanie Reisfeld

I am just letting my student write her own meaningful things in UEB for practice. It could be a letter to someone, a story etc...

It would be nice to see more lessons centered around some of the rules in UEB. To me, the practice part is important. Possibly adding more practice to what you already have. Also, maybe have practice centered about middle school subjects... like Eng, Social Studies, Science etc...

Sharing lesson ideas for UEB

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

We agree that it would be great to have more lesson ideas centered on the rules of UEB, including items providing practice in subject areas.  We hope you'll post your lesson ideas here or email us to share them!

Hoping to share soon

Posted by RoxanneR

Thank you. I am looking forward to the new curriculum. Hopefully soon I will be able to share I am becoming more comfortable with using UEB now.

Lessons on UEB

Posted by Joanie Reisfeld

I recently download the UEB rules manual that has over 300 pages! I would just probably pick a few rules and then have the student generate a story or sentence. For younger kids, I sometimes do a Progressive Story. They start and pick a title and braille the first sentence of the story, then I generate the second sentence and they would continue to braille it and so on. It is a lot of fun and brings smiles along with learning! Happy New Year all!

Great ideas for UEB!

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Thanks for sharing these ideas, Joanie!  The UEB rules manual can be overwhelming, so it's wonderful to have these ways to break it down for both older students and younger ones.  We'd love to see some samples of what your students write!

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