The Essential Skills Workbook provides nine passages with the text complexity and academic vocabulary required by the Common Core State Standards. Each passage includes five 15-20 minute activities: daily work that helps students turn Common Core Standards into actionable practice. The 35-page workbook challenges students with close reading, text analysis, grammatical editing, sentence combining, and written responses that draw on textual evidence.
Enhance critical thinking and strengthen CCS skills through an eclectic blend of exceptional literature, complex poetry, and rich non-fiction from around the globe:
*5 American and 4 World texts including
*5 nonfiction, 2 fiction, and 2 poetry passages interspersed throughout.
The Essential Skills Workbook gives you the literature you need to meet the demands of the Common Core and prepare students for future AP requirements and college-level coursework.
Each of the 9 units includes:
*Passage (Sized to One page)
*Day 1 – SOAPS (close reading strategy activity)
*Day 2 – 5 challenging multiple choice questions (requiring close reading textual and rhetorical analysis)
*Day 3 – 3 grammatical editing sentences (identify and correct errors in style and grammar)
*Day 4 – sentences combining activity (to improve idea connection, syntax maturity, and promote conversations of style)
*Day 5 – Short essay prompt / written response (asks students to use textual evidence as support)
Additional Student Resources included in workbook:
*Table of Contents (text titles, types, and page numbers)
*SOAPSTone reference guide (fill-in key terms)
*Tone vocabulary worksheet (terms used in workbook—undefined—to improve vocabulary and tone nuance recognition)
*Rhetorical Terms, Techniques, and Devices List with definitions (used in workbook)
*Essential Grammar Skills Reference Sheet (alphabetical and by week)
The 14-page Teacher Key includes:
*SOAPS suggested answers
*Multiple Choice answers (with discussion of some of the more complex answers)
*Grammatical Edits highlighted and suggested answers
*Combined Sentences suggestions, along with variations and improper combinations
*Short Essay suggested response, sample essay, and/or keys to grading
*Common Core Alignment Chart that empowers teachers to assess strengths and weaknesses in student abilities in each lesson, allowing them to supplement to meet specific needs.
This is the combination of reading, writing, and language you’ve been waiting for but couldn't find.