Spectrum Writing, Grade 8 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/12/25
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Spectrum workbooks are expertly designed to help students achieve success in every core subject area. Effective standards-based instruction-written by educational experts and partnered with engaging, grade-appropriate activities-provides specific reinforcement across a broad spectrum of core school subjects. In addition to easy-to-understand instruction, each workbook includes targeted practice and assessment and an answer key. New Spectrum Writing content includes revised sequencing for smooth transition between skills, along with new nonfiction activities!
Age-appropriate activities that reinforce topics to ensure writing proficiency
Key concepts: outlining, point of view, fact vs. opinion, cause and effect, and adding detail
Excellent test preparation
Variety of writing activities to stimulate interest
Tests and other tools for self-assessment
Despite this, I found the depth of instruction to be surprisingly good. For example, in the creative writing chapter, the book discusses how to work details of a setting into the storyline without simply stating time and place. It also develops a young creative writer's style in terms of description, character development, and even dialogue. The other chapters go into similar depth with their subjects.
It has solid instruction and practice activities, but they may not hold the attention of an 8th grader, and a student who already has a talent for writing will likely be bored. We've supplemented the lessons using real-life examples rather than those in the workbook.