Daily 6-Trait Writing by Footprints in the Butter

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2008
Genre(s): Language Arts
Publisher(s): Evan-Moor
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Daily 6-Trait Writing by Footprints in the Butter

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Review by Footprints in the Butter

Review: Evan Moor

I recently had the chance to review an assortment of Evan Moor Daily workbooks through Timberdoodle.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect from these, but I was wanting something that I could be using consistently for math and writing.  Therefore, what I received was the Daily Word Problems Grade 1 (for Richard), the Daily 6-Trait Writing for Grade 4 (for Thomas) and Grade 5 (for William).

Of course, they arrived when we had a huge round of something going through the house, so we got off to a rough start.

Daily 6-Trait Writing did not go quite so well here.  I’m trying to figure out what I want to do to make this work out better for us.

Both the Grade 4 and Grade 5 books are set up in a similar manner.  For each week, you start with a two-page spread for the teacher that shows mini versions of all the student workbooks and that gives details about teaching for that day.  They are very easy to implement, which I really like.  After that, there are four worksheet pages (Monday-Thursday), with the fifth day’s assignment being a writing prompt.  There are 25 weeks of lessons.

Week 3 of the Grade 4 text, for instance, is on developing characters, setting and plot ideas.  Day 1 focuses on characters, Day 2 on setting, Day 3 on plot.  Then Day 4 has you create a basic idea for a story (pulling all of the above together), and Day 5 has you actually writing the story.

Thomas loved the activities that got him thinking about details describing these story elements.  He broke down a bit when it came to pulling it all together to create his own story.

William was similar.  For most weeks, he enjoyed the first three days of the assignments, where he was filling in blanks or otherwise pulling together the basics.  It was the sum it all up activities assigned to Day 4, and the writing prompts from Day 5  that were challenging for me to do with him.

What we are doing is to ditch the Grade 5 book, and I have both boys working from Grade 4 (Grade 5 is just enough too much for my 4th grader!) and that is going better.  They are able to brainstorm together, which makes a huge difference.  The great thing is that the buyer is permitted to photocopy pages in this book for single-classroom use, so I can do this!

I love that this covers a lot of really great writing concepts, and it does it in a sequential manner.  Each week focuses on an idea, plus there is a “convention” of the week too… such as various punctuation rules, homonym use, or double negatives.

The Daily 6-Trait Writing is available for Grades 1-6, along with a lot of other fun language arts products.
Disclosure:  As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of these books in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.


Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 25 Nov 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews, Evan Moor

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