The workbook pages corresponding to each selection assist the sixth grader in developing important skills in vocabulary, writing, and abstract reasoning. Pearl has vocabulary exercises in the form of word games and puzzles. In addition to two vocabulary activities for most prose selections, the workbook includes creative writing prompts, additional reading exercises, and graphic organizers.
Vocabulary Exercise One
Vocabulary Exercise One allows students to apply their new words immediately! The sentences in the exercise may tell a prose story, create a poem, or teach a lesson about language—and the student tells the story by filling in the correct word. This is the Mosdos Press method of learning with a smile.
Vocabulary Exercise Two
Vocabulary Exercise Two asks for synonyms and antonyms; gives practice with identifying parts of speech; and helps students grasp the fine points of new vocabulary with choose-the-sentence exercises, as well as exercises asking them to group and categorize words. Exercise Two also offers several strong, clear lessons in word comparisons—the most significant and popular test of vocabulary and analytic ability on standardized tests.
More About the Story
The More About the Story workbook page offers student writers a creative writing experience. A story-starter paragraph provides the student with a thoughtful prompt thematically linked to the selection.
Mini Originals are Mosdos Press original fiction and nonfiction stories that mimic one element of the selection—topical, thematic, or literary—and magnify it. Mini Originals, then, enable teachers to teach the focus skill using these clever and entertaining stories. Each story is followed by questions that either test comprehension or focus on the literary element being taught.
Graphic Organizers help develop critical thinking skills. Pearl’s workbook includes a two-page Graphic Organizer for each prose selection. Tied thematically to the selection, this activity often emphasizes the main idea, reinforces an important language arts skill, and gives the student the opportunity to think about their reading visually. These visual representations help the student organize, interpret, and understand material.