Last year we used the Get It Right Workbook 1 for Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation and this year we are continuing with the series, so I thought it might be helpful to write a post about the whole series and how they can fit together. For KS3 there are three different workbooks (so you could do one workbook for each year), and there are answer books to go with each workbook. There is also a GCSE workbook (Get It Right: for GCSE: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar workbook) and answer book in this series, but we are not going to cover that in this post. This post is just about the KS3 books.
The idea is one workbook a year and if you look at the workbooks they do tend to develop the topics over the years. For example, the Nouns pages in Workbook 2 builds on the Noun pages in workbook 1 (in case anyone is concerned I have not found any duplication, when topics are covered across multiple workbooks they are different, each subsequent workbook goes into more and more detail).
I understand the idea of one workbook per year but as a home educator we can work a bit differently to schools and my daughter likes covering topics in a lot of detail. We are actually finding that sometimes we use the pages out of Workbook 2 and workbook 3 together and it works well. It really is down to personal preference.
The series also has answer books for each workbook. Now it all honestly, we used Workbook 1 without an answer book but we have an Answer Book for Workbook 2 and I must admit I love having the answer book. I like being able to double check what we think the answer should be back to a model answer and it also means my daughter can work more independently. She can work through the activities and then check her answers herself. So yes even though you could manage without the answer book I actually really enjoying having them.
The page layouts for all the workbooks are the same. They tend to be double-page spreads that start with an explanation about the topic and are then followed up with normally three activities. Some of the key topics are followed up with an “in context” double page as well.
Workbook 1 is split into – Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. Workbooks 2 and 3 are split into – Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling and Style. Style is an interesting section which deals with things like narrative voice, figurative language but I must stress the Style section is not included in Workbook 1.
What exactly does each workbook cover? I am going to list it below so readers and can make sure they are getting the workbook that covers the topics they want (although I really think for £4.99 per workbook it is worthwhile getting the whole set and using them altogether).
- Grammar – Nouns, Adjectives, adjectives in context, verbs, verbs in context, verb tenses, auxiliary verbs, subject and object, personal and possessive pronouns, determiners, prepositions, adverbs, adverbs in context, phrases, phrases in context, conjunctions, conjunctions in context, clauses, clauses in context, sentence types, single-clause sentence, multi-clause sentence, sentences in context and paragraphs.
- Punctuation – Capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks, commas, colons and semi-colons, colons and semi-colons in context, lists, apostrophes for possession and apostrophes for contraction, direct speech and direct speech in context.
- Spelling – Why is spelling important, vowels and consonants, plurals, silent letters, prefixes, suffixes, commonly confused words, how to learn spellings.
- Grammar – Nouns, noun phrases, noun phrases in context, pronouns, phrasal verbs and imperative form, phrasal verbs and imperative form in context, participles, progressive forms, subject and verb agreement, active and passive voices, adverbs and adverbials, adverbs and adverbials in context, adjectives and adjective phrases, adjectives and adjective phrases in context, determiners, prepositions and prepositional phrases, prepositions and prepositional phrases in context, clauses, single-clauses sentences, multi-clause sentences, sentences in context, common mistakes in grammar.
- Punctuation -Capital letters, full stops and commas, parenthesis, parenthesis on context, colons and semi-colons, apostrophes, direct speech and reported speech, direct speech and reported speech in context.
- Spelling – How to improve your spelling, plurals, silent letters, double consonants, endings – le, el, al and il, tricky letter groups and common spelling mistakes.
- Style – Standard and non-standard English, standard and non-standard English in context, formal and informal language, formal and informal language in context, narrative voice, narrative voice in context, paragraphs and cohesive devices, rhetorical devices and rhetorical devices in context.
- Grammar – Nouns, noun phrases, adjectives and adjective phrases, pronouns and determiners, nouns, adjectives, pronouns and determiners in context, verbs, verb tenses, verbs in context, voice, prepositions and prepositional phrases, adverbs and adverbial phrases, prepositional phrases and adverbials in context, clauses and sentences, clauses and sentences in context.
- Style – Vocabulary and formality, grammar and different types of writing, formal and informal styles in context, colloquial language, colloquial language in context, imagery and figurative language, imagery and figurative language in context, cohesion and cohesion in context.
- Punctuation – Sentence punctuation, commas, colons and semi-colons, speech punctuation, dashes and parenthesis and punctuation in context.
- Spelling – Prefixes for forming opposites, suffixes – able, ible, apostrophes, one word or two, Americanisms, commonly misspelled words.
That is a lot covered across the three workbooks. And yes, the kids would have learnt some of this already, but it is important to refresh that knowledge and build on it. I must also say that the “in context” pages are great, think extra practice pages but practice that is linked to a source text. So it is very practical practice. I really like these pages.
So what are my main reasons for using this series? Accuracy and Completeness. I need to know that I can hand my daughter a resource that is accurate, and no, that is not always the case. I recently gave her a worksheet to complete and the definitions they were using were wrong. (My daughter and I actually did a little exercise comparing that worksheet with what our Get It Right Book said and we found the Get It Right Book was spot on.) And completeness, I want to know that we are covering everything because my daughter is going to be writing GCSE exams so I want to make sure her foundations are good.
With this range, it is from Oxford University Press which has an excellent reputation for their education range and for me, as a home educator that is important. I need to know that we are using quality resources.
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From time to time Oxford University Press do send us books. How we use the books, what we think of the books and what I include in my posts is 100% up to me and my testers. They did send us the Get It Right workbook 1 and I liked it so much that I requested the others in the series.