Saturday, April 23, 2011

Writing Skills for Grade 1

If you want your child to consistently have writing time during school hours, then Daily 6-Trait Writing might be what you are looking for! This easy to use book has lesson plans built right into the book, so no searching around for the teachers manual that has become lost. {don't ask me how I know about this}.

These lessons do not require much of your time, taking only 10-15 minutes a day. The book has lessons for every day of the week. The 6-traits that are essential to develop in writing are content; organization; word choice; sentence fluency; voice; and conventions which include grammar, spelling and mechanics. Evan-Moor has taken all these traits, and developed them into this great series.

These books cover 1-6 grade. We tried the first grade one with our son, and he has enjoyed doing it. It was just the right level for him.

25 weeks of instruction cover the following trait-based writing skills:

Week 1: Choose a Topic
Week 2: Make Your Topic Better
Week 3: Add Details
Week 4: Choose Better Details
Week 5: Review

Week 1: Beginning, Middle, and End
Week 2: Put Things in the Right Order
Week 3: Write a Complete Ending
Week 4: Group by How Things Are the Same or Different
Week 5: Review

Word Choice
Week 1: Use Action Words
Week 2: Use Words That Describe
Week 3: Use Words That Tell How You Feel
Week 4: Use Just the Right Word
Week 5: Review

Sentence Fluency
Week 1: Write a Sentence
Week 2: Write a Sentence with Describing Words
Week 3: Write Longer Sentences
Week 4: Connect Your Ideas
Week 5: Review

Week 1: Tell How You Feel
Week 2: Write How You Feel
Week 3: Create a Mood
Week 4: Use Rhyme
Week 5: Review

Timberdoodle offers this writing course for $21.75, along with many, many other things! If you have not taken a peek at the many items that Timberdoodle offers, you are missing out!

(I was supplied this book to review, as part of Timberdoodle Blog Review Team. I was not paid for this review, and all thoughts are my own.)

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At April 23, 2011 at 12:12 PM , Blogger Leila- All Meant To Shine said...

Are you going to use it next year? Is this your favorite writing curriculum? I am trying to come up with ours for next year & would love your opinion!

At April 23, 2011 at 12:23 PM , Blogger Caroline said...

I'm not sure yet. We follow a Charlotte Mason type method in our homeschool, so I don't stress Grammar at a young age, per her instructions. I do know that my oldest needs to spend more time writing, so this might be something I purchase again. We didn't get this book to review at the start of the school year, so we have only used about 1/4 of it. He did like it though. Growing up when I was homeschooled we did a lot of Learning Language Arts Through Literature. I also like that approach as well.


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