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Editor in Chief B1
Editor in Chief B1

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Grammar and Punctuation Practice
Editor in Chief improves your child's grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. This effective method teaches students to carefully analyze and edit stories that contain errors in writing mechanics and story details.

The stories involve mixed-skills practice, starting with easier errors and becoming more challenging as students become adept at the editing process.

Students identify and circle errors in each story. They then insert, modify, or delete punctuation, words, and short phrases to make corrections. An editing checklist and annotated guide to grammar, usage, and punctuation are provided to help focus students' thinking and allow them to match their answers to applicable rules.

Detailed answers are also included.

Publisher's Information
Pages: 86
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 2000
ISBN: 9780894555169
Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co
Size: 11.4" x 8.5"

Awards and Endorsements:
Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal for Excellence
Practical Homeschooling Magazine Interactive Learning Award
Jenkins Group Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Bronze Medal
Practical Homeschooling First Place Grammar Award
Practical Homeschooling Magazine Reader Award
Practical Homeschooling Software Award
Learning® Magazine Recommended Resource for Successful Teaching
2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards™ - Honorable Mention, Grammar Category
Practical Homeschooling Magazine, 1st Place iLearning Award, Grammar Category

Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 13 Write a review.

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Although son hates it, it's good October 15, 2013
Reviewer: Edye P.  
Each day there is a paragraph to write with about 10 mistakes or so in it, so it's good for grammar and handwriting. My son is 12, in the 6th grade, and this is his weakest subject. I wish there was a very brief grammar lesson before each lesson as a refresher, then he might find more mistakes and feel better about himself. I've been trying that on my own and it seems to help. Overall, it is good practice.

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Editor-In-Chief B1 June 1, 2012
Reviewer: mamakven  
The idea behind the Editor-In-Chief B1 by The Critical Thinking Co. series is really pretty brilliant. Its like reverse grammar. At any rate, its a good way to balance out a language arts curriculum for a middle-schooler. The one caveat is that we didn't find it provided much in the way of instruction, though I guess that isn't the point. Still I think we will stick with this program.

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Editor-In-Chief Review by Sam's Noggin January 9, 2012
Reviewer: Sam from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
Editor in Chief was chosen for our oldest child, Christian. He is currently in the 8th grade.

I have been wanting a little more challenge for him in the grammar department, and this has really fit the bill. Each lesson has a themed paragraph. There are errors in content, spelling, mechanics and grammar.

There is an editing checklist in the introduction. Each lesson tells the student how many errors are present. There are 33 exercises, with answers in the back. Also included in the back is the help- Guide To Grammar, Usage, And Punctuation. This grammar guide covers the skills that you will find in Editor in Chief. Christian has found it challenging, yet enjoyable. He asks to do it!

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Editor-In-Chief B1 Review by Spell Outloud January 9, 2012
Reviewer: Maureen from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
This series is geared toward middle-schoolers (12-14 yrs.) I had my 11yr. old son and 12 yr. old daughter work through this workbook. It was challenging work for them at times, mainly do to the fact that we hadn’t covered some of the grammar/mechanics, but it was something that challenged them in a good way. My kids used a highlighter and highlighted things they thought were wrong in the text. Then they rewrote the text so that the mistakes were corrected. We would then go over it together. When I saw that they missed things etc. we did a mini-lesson right then (Not all corrections were grammar-related. Some were punctuation, spelling, & mechanics). We will continue using this book and plan on adding Editor In Chief B2 to our homeschool curriculum next year.

What I liked:

*My kids enjoyed the challenge of trying to find all the errors on the page. It was a great way to see what they knew and what I needed to teach.

*Complete scope-and sequence of skills used are listed in the book, so that you can easily see if that particular piece will need skills taught beforehand.

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Review by North Laurel Home & School January 5, 2012
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
I chose Editor-In-Chief B1 for Lee, who is in grade 8 right now. This book is for grades 6-8 and she is really keen on correct forms of writing. I thought this would be something she would like to use. I'm not sure I did so good on my guess.

The book is really good- it has interesting entries that the student is to 'correct'. According to the description at Timberdoodle, the student will develop correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and attention to detail using a standards-based thinking approach rather than drill and practice. Because it is geared more toward real-life application (as opposed to say, multiple choice or fill in the blank) it was of interest to me. I find it is always easier to retain information when we are actually doing what we are learning.

First we tried to let her do it on her own but there are no set instructions on how to use the book. Then we would sit and look at the passage together. After we thought we had figured all the mistakes or made our corrections, we checked the answers in the back. Well, after doing some of these, I see I am in need of some grammar and attention to detail study!

The book is difficult for her, to say the least. Definitely not a bad book! But I think this will need to set until next year. We've not doing enough with editing to jump in with this book yet. It is not a light editing book- they mean business!

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