Writing for 4th Grade –

215-314-2TWe were given the opportunity to use  “Daily 6-Trait Writing Grade 4”  by Evan Moore from Timberdoodle this past month to review it for my readers.

“Trait-based writing is an impressive method educators have developed to determine if a child’s writing is skilled or not. The six traits or characteristics that shape quality writing are content; organization; word choice; sentence fluency; voice; and conventions, which include grammar, spelling, and mechanics. It may sound ominous, but Daily 6-Trait Writing has made it effortless.” Timberdoodle’s Review

Our Background? – Our 4th grade son, Jon, has not had a lot of “writing class” experience.  He is quite prolific in his sketchbooks, narrating his photos, both verbally and written. He has been taking a Grammar class this year and is learning the mechanics of writing. However, he has not had any Proof Reading classes to find errors in other’s writing, as I have been allowing him creative artistic freedom when he puts pen to paper.

Who would love this book? Daily 6-Trait Writing jumps right out of the gate at more of a Level 4 experience rating.  I am hearing of so many folks pulling their children from the public/private  school setting into the home for learning.  If you have a child who has been involved in the setting described above by Timberdoodle, then this would seem to be a fluid step on the home front to continue with that writing.   If you have a young child, and are looking to establish the writing skills younger – I would think of starting at Grade 1 or 2 and working through the books. 

Ease of use? There is quite a bit of easy to understand text to the teacher on how to implement this workbook including a very comprehensive scoring rubric.  They give ideas for incorporating the “idea” of the lesson into your other studies. If you have a child at this writing level – it should be rather effortless to go through the book in 10-15 minutes per day.

Will we continue using it? If I had the choice, I probably would start with Grade 2 or 3.  However, at this point in Jon’s life, it would be easier if it said Level 2 or 3 on the book, as he is quite aware of Grades now with his friends in town. Winking smile For the level of proof reading that one needs to do  in this book – I would actually think my 7th grade son, who has taken quite a few writing classes this year might benefit with the book to keep him over the summer.  In all honesty to my readers – I will have to say no, although I am glad to know about this product and will recommend it to others based on their skill level, I will not continue with it for my boys.

Jon has been using this book for a couple of weeks for free from Timberdoodle.com in exchange for our honest review of the product.  Please keep in mind our Relaxed Learning Naturally Unschooling ways – and how this “Educators” created book may not line up with our Literature, Unit Study, Lapbooking to Notebooking type of writing style. If you would like to ask a question based on your child’s skills, please leave a comment, email me – or Always feel free to contact Timberdoodle – They are great with the email and want to give your family a curriculum that matches your individual child!

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The Transparent Thoughts of an Unschooling Family of Boys - Answering the question - What DO you DO all day?
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5 Responses to Writing for 4th Grade –

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  3. Mary says:

    I used this last year, when my daughter was in third grade, and we are doing something different this year… we need to switch back!!

  4. Simply Me says:

    I was looking forward to your review on this. I saw it at the teacher’s store but balked at the price for a “maybe” writing book. Thank you 🙂

    • pebblekeeper says:

      If you have access to a Teachers Store, I would look through each level to see where to start. We are learning in similar styles – I don’t know what your girls are up to – but I’d pass for your family.

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