Look InsideLanguage Arts Correlations Teachers' Notes Rick is researching and writing a report about rhinos for school. It seems like a really big assignment until Rachel helps him make a plan. As he finds out about rhinos, he learns new ways to do research and organize his information. What will Rick report about rhinos? Concepts include: revising, scanning, and using reliable sources. Aligns to Common Core English Language Arts requirements for Writing. Writing Activities in the back help the reader write their own research report. The Writing Builders series helps young students become better writers! Theyll be able to join in on the fun as friends in the story learn the basics of the writing process. Concepts include brainstorming and outlines, to first drafts, revising, and the finished piece. From book reports to blogs, each book in the Writing Builders series covers a different writing project, allowing students to easily follow the steps needed to finish their own writing. Activities in the back of the book provide additional information and writing practice.
These titles provide youngsters with the steps to follow to product a well-written report, story, or piece of narrative nonfiction. Each title begins with a note from a character with important terms in bold font. Report finds Rick and Rachel learning to write a research paper using note cards to organize information. Frank and Fiona create a story as part of a contest at school in the second book. In Nonfiction, Neil and Nan brainstorm; use a graphic organizer to sort through the beginning, middle, and end of their work; and learn about descriptive and linking words, and using a hook to get readers’ attention. Each title ends with a spread that outlines the creative process the characters followed in the narrative. The children are the same ages as the target audience, and the many ideas will encourage young scribes. The text and illustrations (many full page) are nicely balanced. Solid additions for libraries with gaps to fill.
School Library Journal, December 2013