We use the same passage for copy work that we use for dictation later in the week. It looks different depending on students ability, as to how long the passage is, but over all they copy it through the week, and then on Friday they are ready for me to dictate it to them.
It is a process from copy work to transcription to dictation. I tried to skip a head to dictation before one of my students was ready and it was a fail. I slowed down and waited until he was ready, when his transcription abilities improved, and dictation went much smoother. Don’t feel rushed ahead, teach your student where he is at 🙂
We use SW for copywork (transcription) with practice spelling 3 – 5 words from the passage. If there are more or less words, you need to adjust their level. The next day, they study again and then we do dictation on that passage. In earlier grades, they spent two days copying and studying before dictation. I didn’t start dictation until 5th or 6th grade, because that was when they were ready.