Editor In Chief Review: Grammar Disasters & Punctuation Faux Pas
My third kid, who is entering 8th grade as of the time of this post, LOVES to write. She writes fantastic historical fiction and the amount of time she spends researching and writing is astounding. We’re talking 6-8 hours A DAY is spent on character design, writing, editing, researching…
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this item at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and a positive review was not guaranteed.
Admittedly editing is my daughter’s weakest skill. She currently uses a few web-based editors but those don’t give her all of the information she needs, and they don’t teach her HOW to edit. Editor In Chief has been the perfect addition, and she is blowing through the book quickly because she likes it so much!
Here are some things you need to know:
–Editor In Chief Level 2 is for grades 6-8. This book does require grade-level reading skills.
–Skills covered include: Content, Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling, Adjectives, Adverbs, Articles, Conjunctions, Prepositions, Interjections, Pronouncs, Verbs, Clauses, Phrases, Agreement, Confused Word Paris, Negative Words, Run-On Sentences, Sentence Fragments
-Students focus on one skill at a time, with a goal of mastery. There is a mini review at the end of every 3 lessons, and there are two full reviews, as well as one final overall review.
-The focus of Editor In Chief is editing in context. The student is given a quick lesson and then puts the lesson to life by editing pre-written content.
-There is a lot of helpful guidance in this book. There are 12 lessons, each followed by a series of written examples they correct. The number of errors is shown on each activity, as well as what type of error (spelling, punctuation, etc.) There is also a full answer key, which is great for the student who checks their own work. My daughter found the answer key to be just as educational as the actual lesson.
-Because the book features pre-written examples, this book is fantastic for even the most reluctant writer. Some assignments have the option of rewriting the passage correctly, but it’s not required.
What my daughter thought:
This book is very useful, I especially liked the answer key. I know a lot about grammar but I’m kind of clueless when it comes to editing. This book tackles both topics in a way to which I am receptive. I found the lesson about verbs the best, because verb agreement is something I find difficult.
Buy it: Timberdoodle (also part of the 7th grade kit)
Grade level: 6-8 (other levels available)
Reading Skills Needed: Grade level
Parental Participation: not necessary if you have a self-motivated child