Writing Letters (Write Right!)
Communicating thanks, greetings, or news can all be done in a letter. Even though e-mails and text messages tend to be common for everyday communication, letters are a great way to convey the out-of-the-ordinary, such as an announcement or an expression of appreciation. Using the language arts skills included in the Common Core standards, readers learn how to write a letter with proper grammar, appropriate vocabulary, and the correct structure. The many kinds of letter readers may write are introduced too, from complaints to invitations. Helpful fact boxes offer tips, such as additional salutations and closings.
It's one thing to assign a book report or opinion paper to your child, but quite another to explain the process he'll go through. I really like this series of books because they take each part of the writing process and break it down into clear, easy to follow steps. Written to be read by the student, they make a nebulous, potentially overwhelming assignment less complicated with clear, illustrated explanations not just of what to do, but how to do it. Each focuses on a specific, common type of writing and shows the student the entire process from selecting a topic to revising the final draft, along with excerpts and, in some books, the entire finished assignment. There's a glossary at the end of each book and, though I doubt the endeavor could be made much clearer, A For More Information page which suggests additional resources. Pb, 24 pgs each.
These materials are resources for the teacher or student, offering instruction and ideas for teaching children to write but not providing "in-book" assignments/practice.