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Editor in Chief® Level 1

Grammar Disasters & Punctuation Faux Pas

Grades: 4-5

Language Arts

Full Curriculum

Grades: 4-5

Language Arts

Full Curriculum

  •  Multiple Award Winner
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Description & Features

This fun, highly-effective 136-page book teaches students in Grades 4-5 grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and critical reading in a standards-based thinking approach instead of the usual drill and practice found in competing products.  Students begin with an easy-to-understand lesson followed by an activity that require students to carefully analyze and edit stories, letters, or articles that contain mechanical errors.  This effective method allows students to gain mastery over concepts that will translate into their own writing.

Editor in Chief® Level 1 includes lessons and practice with the following concepts:

     •  Capitalization
     •  Content
     •  Apostrophes
     •  Colons
     •  Commas
     •  Exclamation Marks
     •  Hyphens
     •  Parentheses
     •  Question Marks
     •  Quotation Marks
     •  Periods
     •  Semicolons
     •  Adjectives
     •  Adverbs
     •  Agreement
     •  Articles
     •  Clauses
     •  Homographs
     •  Homophones
     •  Interjections
     •  Nouns
     •  Phrases
     •  Prepositions
     •  Pronouns
     •  Run-On Sentences
     •  Sentence Fragments
     •  Verbs
     •  Confused Word Pairs
     •  Spelling

Product Details

Item#: 09710BBP
Author(s): Cherie A. Plant and Nancy Rowe
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–10: 1-60144-640-3
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-640-4
Pages: 136, perforated


2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards™ - Honorable Mention, Grammar Category 2015 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards™ - 3rd Place, Grammar Category Creative Child Magazine 2015 Preferred Choice Award, Educational Books for Kids Category Jenkins Group Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Bronze Medal Learning® Magazine Recommended Resource for Successful Teaching Mom's Choice Awards - Gold Medal for Excellence Practical Homeschooling First Place Grammar Award Practical Homeschooling Magazine Interactive Learning Award Practical Homeschooling Magazine Reader Award Practical Homeschooling Magazine, 1st Place iLearning Award, Grammar Category Practical Homeschooling Software Award

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"We love Critical Thinking! We use Editor in Chief and Mind Benders in our homeschooling. My son loves finding the corrections in Editor in Chief, and I love how quickly he picks up grammatical concepts. Customer service is excellent too!" - Elizabeth, Kansas
"Do your kids like to do their grammar lessons? Usually grammar lessons here are met with groans and kids dragging their feet to the table. Well, that all changed a few weeks ago. I was worried that the book would be dull and boring, but I was wrong. Thank goodness. My son LOVED the stories in the book. He read about various animals and different places in the world. He loves anything to do with nature, so the subject matter was a big hit for him. He even learned some new stuff about some animals, which is really good. My son has really enjoyed working in this book. The topics covered in each lesson have held his interest. He hasn't complained once when asked to do the work. We are looking forward to using Level 2 next year!" - Monique, homemaker... a domestic engineer
"My son had no idea how much fun grammar could be. Honestly, he hated it. Until we received Editor in Chief Level 1 from The Critical Thinking Co. It certainly helped too that my son loves the idea of being “in charge” so once he fully understood the meaning of Editor in Chief – that really peaked his interest! We really enjoyed the Editor in Chief Level 1. It was so much more than we could have hoped for and it really challenged the both of us. There was much that I learned right along with my son. And I always love materials that help him to see that learning is a lifelong (and fun!) thing. " - Jennifer, Schoolhouse Review Crew
"The lessons are short and simple but require focus and detail. My daughter has a habit of rushing through things so doing each of these lessons has required her to slow down for a few minutes, take her time, read the directions, and find all the mistakes. This has been a good addition to our school curriculum. It’s quick, and semi-puzzle like in that my daughter has to “hunt” for the mistakes. My daughter likes puzzles so coming at these paragraphs as little puzzles is a game changer in our homeschool room. " - Kemi, Homeschooling mom
"The book is big! It wasn’t the little, tiny paperback workbook that I was expecting at all! As I flipped through the pages I really liked the size of the font. It wasn’t too tiny. It made reading the stories a lot easier on my eyes, and I immediately took note that my sensory learners would like that also. It worked perfectly as new lessons for my younger children, and a great refresher course for my older students. It would also work perfect as a remedial class. For those who are concerned that they won’t be able to find the errors themselves, don’t worry! A complete teacher’s guide is located in the back of the book." - Candy, Homeschooling Mom
"There is a lot of variety in the passages. They are short, and worked well for my son. The non-fiction passages actually worked to spur on further discussions a lot of times, so that was really nice! There is the right amount of repetition for retention, but not so much that it's obnoxious. Another thing I really like about this workbook is that it lists the number of mistakes to be corrected in numbered circles, and the type of mistake that needs to be corrected. The book is on grade point, as far as I'm concerned, and is a useful tool to add to your Language Arts arsenal. " - Missica, Schoolhouse Review Crew
"We didn't know that grammar could actually be fun until we received Editor in Chief Level 1. Suddenly, when you are promoted to “Editor in Chief,” grammar becomes a very important work. It becomes a task with purpose. My son would read a short passage, which also contained a picture/photo and a caption, and he would then correct the passage by using the 'clues' on the right. It’s like detective work, which really appealed to my son. I liked that the lessons were very clear, short, and my son could really work independently. If you ask my son for his thoughts on this book, he will tell you it’s one of the most fun grammar books he’s ever used." - Leah, Sunny Southwest U.S.

Test preparation available for the following:

Editor in Chief's standards-based approach sharpens students' language, reading, and thinking skills for better academic performance and higher scores on assessment tests including

Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®)
Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress (ISTEP)
Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)
NYC English Language Arts Test (ELA)
Florida State Assessment (FSA)
Stanford Achievement Test™ (SAT/10)
California Achievement Tests (CAT/6)
California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
New York State English Language Arts (ELA) Test
Ohio Achievement Tests
Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)
North Carolina End of Grade Tests
Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)
Colorado Standard and Assessment Program (CSAP)
and many more!