This book is for students who can write simple sentences on their own, generally around 7 years old. Assignments are directed to the parent, who works through the book with the child. The book takes one full school year to complete and focuses on foundational skills such as organization, description, and paragraphing.
Scope and Sequence:
1. What Is It?
Using adjectives to construct sentences that give a reader more than one piece of information
2. What We Did
Organizing personal actions and describing them in a logical sequence
3. Like a Reporter
Presenting actions of others in a logical sequence
4. Good Deed Report
Paragraphing in a report about a witnessed event
5. My Day
Ordering actions and recording emotional reactions
Grouping ideas or items and creating variety in sentence structure
7. Smart Bird
Using character, problem and solution to write a story
8. Sell It
Convincing others by creating an advertisement
Writing conversations using dialogue structure and punctuation
10. Dear Family Member
Organizing and formatting a friendly letter
11. I Helped
Organizing and telling about a personal experience, including reactions to it
12. What's It Like?
Describing objects by observing and defining differences
13. "Hi There"
Combining words and pictures in greeting cards to convey ideas
Writing descriptions based on role playing, an introduction to empathy