Companion Book to The Black Silk Path
It has been a busy year. I've been working on several projects in addition to getting my CERI SLDS (Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist) Certification. I'm excited to share these projects with my readers over the next several months.
One of these projects has been a companion book to The Black Silk Path. Over the last year and a half, it has taken several forms. After several notebooks, writing, letting it sit, rewriting, reinventing, writing, rewriting, creating fonts, formatting, and editing, the final form (for now) is off to the editor. Whew! Writing is definitely a process. Learning to read is also a process which can take a lot of practice.
The companion book brings the fictional story into our reality or suspends our reality as we enter Ed and Mel's world. The book is a "used textbook." This book IS the book that Ed and Mel used to fight the communication stealing spell in The Black Silk Path. Students can hold Ed and Mel's book in their hands and study along with them. They can also read Ed and Mel's "handwritten" notes in the textbook. Many of these notes are connected to what is happening in The Black Silk Path. In addition, there is an included chapter book which covers all the skills The Black Silk Path covers.
The format is structured to help students build fluency skills while exposing them to varied sentence structure. Instructors can point out examples of simple, compound, and complex sentences. Instructors can also use the included chapter book for comprehension or story structure discussions.
I'll be sharing more as the companion book gets closer to publication. For now, I'll leave you with a picture of some of the mess that will eventually become the formatted book. (It actually got a lot messier.) It is a process after all.