This is a quick read full of practical suggestions for teaching your child to write an essay. I was initially overwhelmed with where to begin teaching my daughter how to write an essay but felt much more comfortable after reading this book. I also had my daughter read it. She referred back to it multiple times throughout the process of writing her first essay.
From the author’s website:
What is Covered in Essay Tune Up:
- word choice
- introduction paragraphs
- conclusion paragraphs
- generating details
- sentence variety
Just as your car needs periodic tune-ups, writers need periodic reminders of the principles of writing. In this way, Essay Tune Up is a supplement to your existing writing curriculum.
The material is designed for grades 6-10, but can be used with students from fourth grade and up. It can be worked through in sequence, taking from two weeks to several months. Or the teaching ideas and reproducible pages can be used any time during the school year when you need help to teach a tough aspect of essay writing.