A personalized, integrated approach to writing, grammar, and reading for elementary students
This one-of-a-kind resource gives K-6 students dozens of teacher and student writing samples to use as models for their own work. Higher-level thinking questions involving both structure / mechanics and voice follow in order for students to analyze the components of the pieces so that that they can become familiar with the requirements of every mode of writing. Mary Ellen’s “Writing Tricks” are a tangible method for students to find not only their own voice in their own
writing but to study how the master have achieved success. Besides writing at all levels and in all modes, students are provided with student-interactive rubrics—not merely “grading” rubrics—but a step-by-step process that enables writers to revise their papers to prove that the necessary elements are included in their pieces. Peer responses also are designed to ensure that readers offer constructive criticism that will further shape the papers. By the time the works have gone through so many stages, the final product is a sophisticated piece that makes conferencing not a task but a pleasure. Reading, grammar, writing integrated with other content areas as well as vocabulary and engagement strategies (Dailies) are included also. This book will work with any curriculum at any given point.
It is a must-have for teachers of language arts.