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The Critical Thinking Co.
The goal of this 96-page book, one it achieves with remarkable efficacy, is to 'equip third, fourth, and fifth graders with the tools they need to help them with the writing process.' The 5-step process used throughout the book (Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Publishing ) breaks writing into ordered, doable tasks that take much of the angst and mystery out writing. The steps are further broken down into interactive questions and prompts that move the student inexorably towards a finished, well-thought-out piece of writing. For many students, this systematic and easy-to-follow approach is a revelation. Individual chapters focus on the topics of narrative writing (both personal and story), opinion writing, and informative writing. Each includes a concise but detailed example of a fictional student employing the process followed by pages that take the reader step-by-step through crafting his or her own written piece. A simple, time-saving scoring rubric is included at the end of each chapter.