The set up is very unique. Several authors are interviewed and asked about their love for writing, etc. We were excited to find some of our favorite writers are featured! The works of many authors are used to reinforce the learning objectives in each unit, to show the process unfold in a way that make sense. For example, the first author interviewed details how he didn't really care for writing much as a kid. This was great for Mr. B, who is also a child who isn't thrilled with writing that much. The first unit, "When I Was Young" uses Cynthia Rylant's book "When I Was Young in the Mountains" as the inspiration to show students how authors will "dig for gold" in their memories to get ideas for their writing. It also tells students that it is ok to go to others for help with remembering or ideas, since authors talk to a lot of people to work on their ideas.
Brady and I would read the text together, and I would help coach him along as needed, or answer questions when needed. I would help him to remember details of his memories to aid in his writing, help him choose better words, or assist with spelling.
Please over look icky fingernails. He'd been playing in the dirt HAHA!
I love the concept here. I really like the author interviews, and using popular authors and their writing to reinforce the lessons being taught. The book is not boring or bland. Instead it is colorful and really fun to read. It is nice to read a popular, and successful, author who didn't enjoy writing early on to grow up and make writing a career. It's stories such as that that have really helped Mr. B to develop a desire to want to read and write more! All during the first unit, digging up memories and such, Mr. B made up his own activities to compliment what he was learning in Writers in Residence. For example, after the very first couple of assignments he decided to make a timeline of his life detailing some of his favorite memories, such as meeting M, to his not so favorite memories like getting sick and being in the hospital a couple of years ago. He is also planning his own book of memories! All of this from a kid who hates to write. I can't recommend Apologia Writers in Residence enough! It has certainly been a blessing to our family.
Does Apologia Writers in Residence Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
There is a great schedule included, but you can adapt as needed. At times we worked a little slower, and then at times we sailed through a little quicker. I wouldn't skip as you will miss needed building blocks. This is a physical product, so there's no time limit or anything like that.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
It is NOT boring! Debra Bell's writing has a way of commanding attention and holding it. It is fun to read, and the assignments are fun to do. They do not require a lot of time. The book is colorful, but not in a distracting sort of way. For us, this is a good fit for ADHD and ASD. It's actually pretty great because it includes a rubric, then tells you precisely how to award points to the rubric. For anyone whose ASD'er likes concrete charts, this is PERFECT!
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
In the sense that it is Language Arts and writing, and these are vital topics for education-yes. In the sense that in covers additional subjects, no.
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