Time for Kids Writer's Notebooks
Here's a self-instructional workbook series reminiscent of Great Source books but in shorter format and honing in on elementary age writing skill development. The series' A-D ranking progresses through skill levels, starting with Level A. Note: strong reading skills are necessary if students use these on their own. While all levels incorporate fun, full-color graphics and photos, Levels A and B more heavily utilize them and the text is larger and more succinct. All levels guide students to complete different activities, honing skills directly in their notebooks. Activities focus on refinement (making clear statements, choosing the best adverb, etc.) rather than a write/wrong answer, and so no answers are provided.
Levels A-C are organized based on the writing process in five sections: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing & proofreading, and publishing. Designed as teaching workbooks, each level guides in the writing process, provides mini-lessons on writing skills (such as refining sentences, developing a strong intro, etc.), samples different writing styles (nonfiction to fiction), and develops clear and engaging writing. The same writing process steps are discussed at each level, but getting more in depth as you progress. Level D focuses on writing skills and writing types, working through various types of paragraphs and writing types (narratives, expository, literature response, letters, resumes, etc.). Designed as consumables, these are non-reproducible and are 7" x 9", approx. 96 pp, sc. ~ Ruth