Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How to write about your adventure by Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth



How to write well is a struggle for many children and this is the time of year when children can really benefit from a little help with writing skills.  How to write about your adventure by Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth is part of the new series, Language Arts Explorer Junior, and takes children through the process of writing.  

Children have a tendency to write a story as a list, rather than an interesting personal narrative.  This book begins by explaining what a personal narrative is.  It goes on to describe how making the story interesting begins with preparing a chronological list of events. The book explains how to write a captivating opening sentence, and interesting body, and climax of the story.  The author also points out the importance of proof-reading and editing once the writer has finished.

I would say this book, and this series are roughly a grade 2 or 3 level.  Mastering these steps early, will greatly reduce writing stress for children in this school year, and getting into the habit of writing well will benefit them throughout their school years and into adulthood.  The library has many titles to help with writing skills.

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