Spectrum Writing, Grade 3


Spectrum Writing Grade 3 helps young learners improve and strengthen their writing skills, such as: Staying on topic, Organizing ideas, Audience, Writing process, Writing stories.\
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Spectrum Writing Grade 3 helps young learners improve and strengthen their writing skills, such as: Staying on topic, Organizing ideas, Audience, Writing process, Writing stories.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780769652832
  • Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/11/2006
  • Series: Spectrum Writing Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 265,366
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Focusing on Main Ideas
See the Main Idea     5
Add a Title     7
Name a Story/Write a Title     9
Find the Main Idea     11
Build Sentences and Paragraphs     13
Stay on Topic     16
Organizing Ideas
The Writing Process     18
List It     20
Sort Your List     22
Make an Idea Web     24
Make a Time-Order Chart     26
When Did It Happen?     28
Use Spatial Order     30
How Important Is It?     33
Compare It with a Venn     35
How to Compare     37
Writing Your Own Thoughts
Write for You     40
Who Will Read It?     42
Parts of a Friendly Letter     44
Dear Friend     46
Dear Teacher     48
It Happened to Me     50
The Writing Process: Personal Narrative     52
Writing to Inform or Explain
Use Complete Sentences     60
Action!     62
How to Do It     64
Fact or Opinion     66
This Is How It Happened     68
Special Instructions     70
It Is Just Around the Corner     72
Ask the Right Question     74
The Writing Process: News Story     76
Writing to Describe
Use Your Senses     84
Make a Riddle     86
This Is A Room     88
Imagine a Setting     90
Vary Sentence Structure     92
The Writing Process: Descriptive Writing     94
Writing to Intertain
A Story Line     102
Tell Me a Story     104
Make Your Characters Speak     106
Make Up a Smile     108
Tell a Tall Tale     110
The Writing Process: Story     113
Writer's Handbook     121
Answer Key     129\
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005

    A complete disappointment and rip-off

    I recently bought Spectrum workbooks in Language Arts and Writing for grades 1 and 3. I flipped through these books in the store, after having been unsuccessful in finding the workbooks I had originally been looking for, and they seemed to look like they had what I needed. What a tremendous disappointment I experienced when my daughters started working in them! Within two lessons I found out that the publishers had relabeled and repackaged a great deal of information between their Spectrum Language Arts and Spectrum Writing workbooks. They're almost absolute duplicates of one another, right down to activities, assignments, pictures, you name it. The only differences are page numbers and an occasional different graphic. This, in my opinion, is a complete rip-off, and it makes me question a company's ethics who would do this. At almost $9.00 each, which is the current price for these workbooks, I am pretty angry. As an added kick in the teeth, I have already found numerous mistakes in the answer keys for the third grade books. Bottom line: DO NOT buy Spectrum Language Arts and Spectrum Writing workbooks expecting to get two useful workbooks for schooling. Even apart from the duplications, I can't in good conscience recommend these workbooks at all. They are a true disappointment. I would recommend instead the Masters Skills Series of workbooks through American Education Publishing. My daughters really enjoy these workbooks, and they're of a much better quality overall, including content and the way ideas are presented, than the Spectrum books. They're also $2.00 less per book. McGraw Hill has no right to label their Spectrum Language Arts and Writing workbooks as two separate workbooks, with as much as is duplicated between the books in each given grade level. Though I haven't had opportunity to look at any of their other Spectrum books, given this experience I can say that I will never buy anything labeled Spectrum again.

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