Rivka Posted September 21, 2012 Share Posted September 21, 2012 One of the most frequent comments I've seen people make here about MCT is that they skip the writing assignments because they don't like them. I was not sure how they would go for us - I thought they might ask too much of my 2nd grader, who was writing-averse until fairly recently. We're only a few chapters in to Sentence Island, but so far I am so impressed with the writing assignments we've done! When I assign them, they look like they're just going to involve practicing a straightforward grammar concept in writing. Then she actually does the assignment, and it provokes all kinds of interesting, deeper-level discussion, and she comes out of the assignment understanding some larger point about language and writing. For example: this week she worked on writing two descriptions of something, one using only action verbs and the other using only linking verbs. I thought it was just reinforcing practice to make sure she had a firm grasp on both kinds of sentences. Instead, we wound up having great conversations about which kinds of concepts each type of sentence is good for expressing. In the end, comparing her two descriptions, she spontaneously realized that using more action words produces better writing. I didn't see the exercise going there, but the assignments seem really well-thought-out for promoting this kind of discovery. But am I the only one who likes the MCT writing assignments? Do most people skip them, or just most people who talk about them on the WTM forums? :D If you like them, which Island-level activities are your favorites? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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