- teach all their students simultaneously at various levels
- teach in an organized step-by-step manner
- teach all the major writing concepts every student requires to attain college-level skills
How to Teach the Paragraph is just what it sounds like... a 23 page instruction manual on teaching your student to write an strong paragraph. This is basically where the program begins, and this is where we spent our time. Teaching the Five Paragraph Essay is the next book and we did not reach that point in the time allowed for this review.
So, How to Teach the Paragraph starts by having the child memorize the Five Parts of a Good Paragraph. There are several suggestions for ways to make this fun, although many of them were difficult to implement since I only had one student. Once this is learned, the student is shown how to set up their paper to make pre-writing easy. Then they learn how to master the topic sentence, the closing sentence, and how to assess their finished work.
Kaytie easily memorized the five parts (she knew a couple already) and is currently working hard on writing a good topic sentence.
I thought this was a well-thought out ebook, with a plethora of good tips and ideas. It is simple to implement and seems to be effective for Kaytie. I liked the fact that I could use this book without her even being aware that I was "using" something on her because it kept our work time relaxed and unpressured. More like a game than a "Writing Program".
You can read what other Crew Members have to say here. And you can watch a 10 minute video of how it works.
DISCLAIMER: I was given a free download of these three ebooks for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and solely my own.