have two types of students in my home—one will fill up a spiral notebook in two
days with stories, poems, and letters; and the other struggles to write a
sentence. The second child requires specific, targeted instruction. I have been
able to pull together resources from different places to help her, and she is
making progress. How I wish I’d had this book a few years ago because
everything I needed is all here!
Within the covers of this one meaty
volume are the beginning exercises, the skill sharpeners, and the polishing tasks
to help struggling children learn to write—and write well.
Part 1 of this book is devoted to
solidifying spelling and early grammar skills. Students complete sentences,
learn high-frequency words, increase vocabulary, and practice editing skills.
Part 2 is dedicated to writing, varying, and further revising sentences. In
part 3, students learn the “sandwich model” for paragraph writing; practice various
paragraph types; and learn to write simple reports. The book is rounded out in
section 4 with other writing activities, like composing a story, writing school
projects, and learning practical writing skills—such as taking a phone message
or recording school assignments.
Consisting of 135 lessons with 269
reproducible activity sheets, this volume is easy to use for the teacher and
engaging for the student. Designed for elementary students with special needs, this
could also be used as a complete writing program for younger children. Help
your child experience writing success with this friendly, complete, and helpful
resource. 540 pages, softcover from Jossey Bass.