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I have recently had the opportunity to review Real-World Writing for Today’s Kids from Evan-Moor. This is a workbook with nine different real-world writing units.
We reviewed the book for ages 6-7, but it is available for ages 6-7, 8-9, and 10-11. It is a paperback book full of brightly colored pages and fun, age-appropriate graphics.
- Door Sign
- Online Message
- Greeting Card
- Persuasive Letter
- Pet-Care Directions
- Yard Sign
- Fundraising Letter
- Toy Review
Real-World Writing Layout
Each unit begins with examples and instructions about that particular type of writing. Then there are activities for the student to do to help them understand that type of writing. Then they do an example of that type of writing in a template in the book. Finally, there is a project where they can do a real-life version of that type of writing outside of the book.
For example, after the unit on journaling, the student could cut out a journal cover from the book and attach it to plain paper and construction paper to create their own journal. The lesson on yard signs included some ideas and picture cutouts that they could use with a piece of cardboard or poster board to make their yard sign.
While the online message section was not yet applicable to my son, I loved that it was included. I know that, particularly since 2020, many students are involved in online learning and are engaging with teachers and classmates in that online format.
Our Experience with Real-World Writing for Today’s Kids
I used this book with my son, who turned eight during the review. He generally does not like to write and fights any writing assignments, and he was very hesitant about the book at first because he dislikes writing.
However, he loved the bright, colorful pages and found them very manageable. I appreciated that it started them out slowly and worked them up to a complete project. The way they lay it out in real-world applications was also very beneficial and engaging.
I knew it had been a success when he asked for his own journal to be able to continue journaling about our adventures. I love that the book made him want to engage in more real-life writing.
How to use Real-World Writing
You could work your way through this book from front to back like a typical workbook, but it also can be done based on your child’s interests. Each unit stands alone and can be done in any order. However, I do recommend working through the individual units from beginning to end because of the way it instructs, scaffolds, and then has them work independently.
I encourage you to learn more about Real World Writing for Today’s Kids at the Evan-Moor Website. You can also check out some of our other Evan-Moor Reviews below:
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