Writing Skills Book A

Writing Skills Book A

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Item #: 024797
ISBN: 9780838820490
Grades: 2-4

Category Description for Writing Skills:

These consumable student books teach expository writing from the ground up - from understanding words to constructing sentences, then writing organized paragraphs. Like building blocks, the students work on the foundational skills that pave the way for writing the five-paragraph essay. Some students take to writing naturally, but these books are for those who need more instruction and a specific writing method to follow. The activities provided in the workbooks give students lots of writing practice and cement writing techniques in their minds by making them use the skills in their own writing. Activities include writing sentences and deciding whether they are singular or plural, writing sentences or paragraphs using specific writing prompts, expanding paragraphs to include more details, outlining paragraphs, identifying writing elements in text that is provided, and much more. Book A begins with sentences. First, students practice the parts of speech in a sentence - subjects, different kinds of nouns, predicates, verbs, and more. Then they work with different types of sentences, from statements and exclamations to supporting sentences, topic sentences, and concluding sentences. Students delve into basic paragraphs, examining parts of speech such as adjectives and adverbs as well as practicing simple paragraphs and other short writing forms. By the end of book 1, your child will master writing four kinds of paragraphs: example, process, reason, and classification. Book 2 reviews these forms and adds two new types of writing (definition and compare-and-contrast), then explains how to use the same process learned in writing paragraphs to write the five paragraph essay. Book 3 provides practice in even more advanced writing, reviewing basic skills learned in the first books and then focusing more on expository writing. Eight types of exposition are practiced in a step-by-step fashion, along with additional practice with sentence skills. Different types of clauses are also covered and practiced in Book 3. The Teacher's Handbook is a comprehensive guide for use with all of the student books. It is not an answer key, rather it is a tool for the teacher to help guide students through the concepts covered in the student books. It includes clear explanations as well as models, exercises, and teaching strategies for struggling, beginning, and even advanced writers. The ten chapters in the handbook cover the sentence, the paragraph, types of writing, the essay, standards and assessments, proofreading and revising, working with groups, spelling, handwriting, and keyboarding. Helpful reproducibles are included. According to the publisher, these workbooks are not reproducible, but the activities could be completed on separate pieces of paper if you have more than one student. Between 110 and 140 pgs, pb.

Category Description for Expository Writing - Skills:

These materials provide practice for individual skills necessary towriting rather than focusing on the work as a whole.

Category Description for EXPOSITORY WRITING:

These materials cover various types of informational writing, includingpersuasive writing, essays, outlines, and research papers.

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Print, Other
Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.
Series Title
Writing Skills Ser.
Elementary/High School
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Educators Publishing Service
0.8 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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I thought this might be a good intro to writing for my child who struggles putting words on paper because of visual issues.
Patricia M on May 7, 2022
This program seems to start from the bottom up when teaching writing--guiding the student step by step. I like that it also teaches grammar in the writing process.
JENNIFER G on Aug 26, 2021
I thought this might be a good intro to writing for my child who struggles putting words on paper because of visual issues.
Patricia M on May 7, 2022
Tutoring purposes
Gayle F on Nov 13, 2021
This program seems to start from the bottom up when teaching writing--guiding the student step by step. I like that it also teaches grammar in the writing process.
JENNIFER G on Aug 26, 2021
Trying out this simple writing program for my elementary student.
Andrea on Aug 14, 2021
Looks like a good option for dyslexic/dysgraphic child
User on Jul 28, 2021
it was recommended to me by a teacher
Carmen J on May 18, 2021
I think this will give lots of practice to my child to follow through with my teaching.
Deborah B on Apr 15, 2021
This sequential and skill-level appropriate booklet is the best that I have used for helping students acquire writing skills.
Patricia P on Sep 24, 2020
I am looking for a step by step guide that is easy for me to teach
Valencia G on Apr 26, 2020
Want to help students of learn the skill of writing. Also exploring if I want to use this book for a summer program I coordinate - a book for each student to purchase.
Lillian S on Feb 9, 2020
Purchased as a writing tutorial guide for dyslexic in third grade.
Rosa B on Jan 4, 2019
I’m a special education teacher.
Allison C on Sep 29, 2018
Using in an online writing intervention class with Wings to Soar Online Academy.
Beth N on Sep 12, 2018
need for daughters reading problem areas
Sunitha F on Feb 5, 2018
I needed some basic writing instruction that my daughter could do mostly independently. (3rd grade.) Honestly, she disliked this book and we only completed the first third or so. This year I'm looking for materials that are more creative writing, to fit her personality better. I may have her complete a few exercises this year. Its pretty dry, but she did learn from it. Book 1 worked a little better for my 5th grade son.
shane m on Jan 8, 2018
I purchased this because I heard it was a good program for a right-brain learner.
Monica U on Dec 17, 2016
My child has dyslexia, and this comes highly recommended for children who struggle. She needs incremental, clear instruction. The author wrote this book specifically for children who need that kind of instruction."
Derek W on May 17, 2016
I used this book for a previous child and found it to be very good for those who may be overwhelmed with writing. So I'm using it for a younger child now.
Nathan T on Dec 6, 2015
Tutoring purposes
Gayle F on Nov 13, 2021
Trying out this simple writing program for my elementary student.
Andrea on Aug 14, 2021
Is the teacher's handbook necessary?
A shopper on Jan 23, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I didn't end up using it. I found the instructions in the workbooks were enough for my students. The Teacher handbook would come in handy if you needed extra instruction for yourself. Or, you could use it to create a lesson if the student needed more practice on a particular topic. It also includes chapters that introduce how to teach spelling, cursive, and keyboarding. It is essentially a guide and does not directly match up with the lesson sequence in the workbooks. It also does not include an answer key for the workbooks.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Glad I bought this book. It is our first year homeschooling after several years at public school. Kids were have a hard time writing compete sentences and paragraphs. This is a no-frills, basic instruction workbook.
November 2, 2021
9 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Good basic skills work
I bought this for my 7th grade daughter who is hard-of-hearing and thus essentially an ESL student when it comes to spoken and written English. We had remediated her reading to a 4th grade level but her writing was lagging behind. These workbooks fit her to a T and provide solid, simple instruction and practice in basic writing skills. These books go very incrementally and do not assume a student will intuit any skill, which is perfect for students who are English-Language-Learners, Dyslexic, or have other special needs.
April 17, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A Gift for Reluctant Writers
The incremental pace and straight-forward directions have helped my son participation and attitude. Writing will never be his favorite subject, but he doesn't complain about it anymore.
October 3, 2015
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
What an excellent resource especially for reluctant learners The book begins with the basic parts of speech moves onto sentences and then teaches paragraph writing step-by-step As an example the book teaches topic sentences by first having a the student name the topic when given a list of items events etc Then the topic is given and the student is taught to come up with a list of items that match the topic Only after those skills are mastered is the student taught to actually write a topic sentence The same procedure is followed for supporting sentences and the concluding sentenceThis product is a great value for the money It takes the student step-by-step through the process at a much slower and more explicit pace While listed as for grades 2-4 it could be used with older students who need more help with writing
January 5, 2009

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