Monday, January 17, 2011

Editor In Chief B2 a great resource!

Recently Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team allowed my family the opportunity to review Critical Thinking Company's Editor In Chief B2. This is a resource that helps boost your child's editing skills and helps them learn how to correct errors in grammar, mechanics and content in short stories and letters. I was excited to check this out for my 5th grader since grammar is not one of his favorite subjects. I have to say I was happy to have a resource that would make covering this subject fun. I can present grammar instruction but I do not make it fun. Translation "stale crackers."
Editor in Chief B2 is an 86 page book with black and white drawings and text. There are 33 exercises in the forms of letters, stories, poems and other writing genres which contain grammar errors.  The editor in chief (student) is responsible to find the errors. Each exercise has from 9-13 errors which are clearly stated for each exercise so your child knows how many to find.
For the teacher the answer key clearly identified the needed corrections with the explanation as to why the grammar correction is needed. I presented the book as seat work for him to do while I worked with my other student. I let him pick the stories that caught his attention and while we have not started from the beginning of the book it does not take away from the grammar instruction.
My son tackled the exercises with enthusiasm. He found the articles interesting and the challenge of finding the mistakes "fun". He loves to read and this challenged him to pay attention to the readings and to look for mistakes.
Notice an example of one of his "editorial corrections" from an article about an eclipse. The sentence is "I've seen five in a row now, and this one is the better because I didn't have to travel.... The error is the word better. It should be best, a superlative adjective, and for those of those us who are saying huh? There is discussion guide that explains in this case, comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs.
It has been a great success as a supplement but would definitely make a good addition to your grammar program as a stand alone product. Timberdoodle has a wide variety of products to build thinking skills in a fun way.
The Critical Thinking Co.
Editor In Chief B2 $16.99
Pages: 86
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 2000
ISBN: 9780894557200
Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co.
Size: 11.4" x 8.5"

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Disclosure: As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.

1 comment:

  1. We use Editor in Chief and absolutely love it! I truly believe it is one of the best ways to teach grammar to a child. They learn something in the process with each subject addressed. Thanks for your review!