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  • Item #: 017085
    ISBN: 9780205309023
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    Too often, English teachers make the English language more complicated than it needs to be. Not so with the late Prof. William Strunk Jr., who originally authored this work to use with his classes at Cornell University in the early 1900s. Although the original 43-page digest has swelled to a whopping 85 pages, the essence of the book remains a strong case for cleanliness, accuracy, and brevity. Think of this as a concise rulebook for English. Rules are given, followed by examples of improper and proper usage. If you could only have one book on language usage, this should be it.

  • Item #: 047298
    ISBN: 9780486447988
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    First published in 1918, this is the little book that started it all. This vintage edition of William Strunk, Jr.s Elements of Style provides timeless advice on grammar, sentence structure, and clarity. Like the modern edition, this handbook begins with a list of elementary rules of usage, with each rule followed by examples and explanations. Next are chapters on rules of composition, a few matters of form, and words and expressions commonly misused. Most of the rules and examples from this original edition appear in the modern edition; however, the modern edition is an expanded version with more rules, examples, and updates to reflect how the English language has changed over many decades. The original edition is a concise, inexpensive alternative to the modern versionwith grammar rules that still hold true today. 52 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 026107
    ISBN: 9780753460856
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    This very personable introduction to the elements presents each element as if it were a person, with character traits that correspond to its elemental attributes. After a brief introduction on the periodic table and its organization, we jump right into the chapters. Chapters cover the periodic table from left to right, and include hydrogen, the alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, transition elements, boron elements, carbon elements, nitrogen elements, oxygen elements, noble gases, lanthanides and actinides, and the transactinides. Each chapter opens with a paragraph or two that addresses all elements in that group (or family), and discusses how they are alike. Following this, we look at a few of the elements in the family individually. Each individual profile provides a list of information including symbol, atomic number, color, standard state, classification, density, melting point, boiling point, and date of discovery. This is followed by a conversational paragraph that sounds as if it were written by the element itself! For example, Tins information states I am a wily old metal with a long and distinguished history. Starting way back in the Bronze Age, I have been the ultimate mixer for metals. The information shared here is simple enough for children to understand, and covers some of the interesting uses, past and present, for each element. A cute aspect of the book is the illustrations, which are bold, edgy graphics that depict each element as a human or animal-like form with features that correspond with their attributes. As an added bonus, an illustrated periodic table poster is included at the end of the book, each element portrayed with its character from the book. Entertaining, visually pleasing, and even funny, this is probably the most interesting introduction to the elements Ive ever had the pleasure of reviewing! 128 pgs, pb. Jess

  • Item #: 022380
    ISBN: 9780825139161
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    This resource provides a complete guide to drama - both serious and comic, plays and movies, classic and modern. It is divided into four sections, each with a different objective. The first provides an introduction to drama, including the origin of drama and an evaluation of different drama students have been exposed to. Here students learn about the rich history of Western and non-Western drama, the special qualities of live drama, and different styles of drama. The second section focuses on the elements of drama, and students will learn related concepts and vocabulary, use these concepts to analyze contemporary drama, and complete creative activities to explore these same concepts. In the third section, students learn to appreciate plays as literature by developing the skills necessary to enjoy play scripts, exposing them to essential concepts of drama as literature, and introducing them to the five different genres of drama - tragedy, melodrama, comedy, satire, and farce. The last section covers the elements of play production, from the different people and roles involved to stage a production to having students "try out" different production jobs. Each chapter begins with an information page with teacher notes, and then the rest of the chapter is written directly to the student. Topics are introduced by reading passages and interesting explanations, and activities and exercises help students process the information and test their understanding. 119 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 057468
    ISBN: 9781411470484
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) This six-page chart covers the following topics: Narrative, Elements of Style Poetry, Common Literary Forms and Genres, Literary Movements and Periods, & Literary Theory and Criticism
  • Item #: 020495
    ISBN: 9780974361635
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    For those of you who want to teach using the classical method, the authors of this book, Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, have long believed and implemented this in their own homeschool. In this book they combine their knowledge and experience to present a spiritual and philosophical foundation and a practical program for Christian homeschooling in the classical style. The first four chapters discuss the reasoning and logic of teaching with classical education, a discussion of why parents should be in charge of their students education, problems with classroom (public) schools, and an explanation and description of what the trivium is. The next three chapters study one element of the trivium each - language, logic, and rhetoric. Each chapter presents the topic, arguments for teaching it, guidelines for teaching, where to start, what children should be learning at appropriate age levels, and other tips and advice for incorporating these core subjects. Chapter eight follows the same basic format, delving into the study of literature. In chapter nine, the Bluedorns offer principles for the study of historical literature. The following chapter provides lots of advice and help for different methods and approaches to homeschooling in light of the trivium, such as the Charlotte Mason approach, unschooling, unit studies, and others. Part two of the book, The Practical Trivium, hold chapters listing things children should do at particular ages - ten things to do with students before age ten, ten through twelve, thirteen through fifteen, sixteen through eighteen, nineteen and onward, and finally the last chapter, Lifes Goals Begin at Home. Appendix one includes 16 different articles discussing the trivium, education, and other related issues. Appendix two provides an thorough resource list, outlining general resources and those for language arts & English, rhetoric, literature, history, government, law and economics, languages, mathematics, logic, Bible and theology, philosophy, science, art and music, and other miscellaneous resources. While you may not agree with all of the personal philosophy in this book, if you want to teach from the trivium and are looking for a guide to implement a classical education in your homeschool, this is a very complete and thorough guide from experienced authors. - Melissa

  • Item #: 047093
    ISBN: 9780439027991
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    From the same publisher and series as Teaching Literary Elements with Chapter Books, students can learn literary elements using picture books. You usually dont find short, illustrated picture books being used at the middle school level, but they are something familiar to students from their childhood and can be used effectively. Students will learn about point of view, theme, voice, imagery, simile, metaphor, personification, irony, satire, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idiom, parody, word choice, and style and be introduced to methods and ideas for transferring writing skills and literary devices from literature to their writing. There are 15 lessons in this book, and each begins by identifying a literary device, its definition, and an example. Selected literature for that particular element is listed along with 2 additional selections for the purpose of expanding on the element. A materials and reproducibles list for each lesson is printed on the first page of each lesson and before, during, and after reading strategies are offered. A writing activity and lesson extensions are given in each lesson and may include writing ideas for the alternative literature selections or options for crossing over to other content areas. Reproducible forms and organizers are found in the back of the book. The picture books utilized in the book are from 2000 to 2007 and include titles like Elephant Dance to illustrate simile, The School is not White for the subject of theme, and Scoop for the device of voice. This 80-page book offers an alternative way of teaching, and allows students to connect with familiar books while learning the literary elements.

  • Item #: 036984
    ISBN: 9780801077692
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    How often we delight in the language and poetry of the Bible! How salient are the proverb and parable and how wonderfully joyous the psalm! How comforting in times of trouble are the familiar, lilting words, The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want Our God is not the author of a dry, doctrinal tome, but the creator of a beautiful work of literary art! Leland Ryken, professor of English at Wheaton College, opens our eyes to the beauty of the Bible as literature. From realistic narrative to love poem, he thoroughly examines scripture from a literary viewpoint. Just from reading the introduction and spot reading through the book, I am awestruck by the artistry and literary wealth embodied within our Great Book. A far cry from a simple theological treatise, the Bible is a veritable banquet and sumptuous feast of well-chosen words that conjure up vivid images and help us see Gods message in a far better way than pure statement of fact. As he takes us through a deeper understanding of the Bible as literature, Professor Leland illustrates almost every literary device using the rich context of Scripture.

    So, if you are going to make a serious study of literature during high school, why not use the Bible as your basis? You will find that the Scriptures are replete with examples of the very literary constructs you hope to teach. What plotline did not have its origin in the Bible? Most every archetypal story began here, to be endlessly recycled by authors through the centuries. Its tales run the gamut from comedy to tragedy, including unfathomable, supernatural visions, gut-wrenching, horror stories, and unlikely romances. The Bible is also the basis for many literary patterns and designs in use today, as well as the origin of countless allegories, maxims, metaphors, and figurative expressions. Even the Epistles, despite being written by various disciples at different times and places, have a consistency of style that could not be purposely contrived. While their chief purpose was to convey information with concise, memorable statements, Dr. Ryken points out that there is a peculiar balance of rich, figurative language, proverbial style, repetition, patterned rhetoric, antithesis and parallelism that reveal a conscious design. In fact the entire Bible is an astoundingly cohesive compilation of many stories, narratives, poems, letters, songs, and histories within the basic framework story beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation.

    You can use this volume from start to finish as the basis for a study of literary device and technique, or use as a reference book in your literature program. The author has helpfully provided a glossary of literary terms with definitions and specific page references where many are discussed in greater detail. The indexes of subjects, authors, and scripture references will also enable you to incorporate this book into other areas of study (including your usual Bible study). Recommended and used with the Tapestry of Grace curriculum, this book merits a spot on your bookshelf alongside of dictionaries, thesauri, and other reference books. I would also heartily recommend this book as a devotional. With Dr. Ryken as your guide, you will develop an even deeper appreciation, even amazement, for the Book you already love.

  • Item #: 039702
    ISBN: 9780439640435
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    If you dont have much time to monitor your students reading, try this reproducible book. For each of the literary elements (setting, plot, character, conflict, theme, point of view, and authors style), it includes nine activities for students to complete. Students can use the activities with any book of their (or your) choice. The reproducible activity sheets feature templates, easy-to-follow directions, grading criteria, and examples. The activities are varied, so students wont get bored completing them, and they cant fake their way through; a good understanding of the reading is needed. For example, for setting, students create a diorama of one of the key scenes in the book; for plot, students make a scrapbook of the main events in their book; for character, students compare and contrast a character with themselves by making a comparison poster; for point of view, students rewrite a part of the story from another point of view and analyze how it changes the story, and so on. Besides the activity sheets in this book, students will need a few art supplies like construction paper, markers, index cards, etc. The projects provide a great way to engage students and make sure theyre getting the most out of what they are reading, without requiring much teacher help. A student contract and daily log for keeping track of reading are included. 112 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 046811
    ISBN: 9781566441865
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    With plenty of examples from classic and modern literature, this book teaches students about a variety of literary terms and devices. The following concepts are covered: plot, conflict, character, setting, point of view, style, mood, theme, tone, and genre. Each element is defined and then explained with examples from literary excerpts. Exercises help students develop and apply their skills in these areas. For example, in the Story Elements section, there are exercises requiring students to match up cause and effect statements and sequence of events based on context clues. Short answer and writing activities are also featured throughout the book. One assignment requires students to write a paragraph from different points of view, while another asks students to describe the tone and mood of a book theyve recently read. Vocabulary words appear in bold throughout the lessons, and each term has about 2-3 pages of examples and exercises. An appendix contains a story elements chart, a character development chart, glossary, answer key, and bibliography. Reproducible. 80 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 003588
    ISBN: 9780825138027
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    Residing in this handy volume are the explanations and examples of literary and poetic elements youve been looking for! After a short preface, the entire book consists of reproducible student pages, and is pretty much self-instructional. According to the author, Words are tools, and mastered words are power tools. In this spirit, all of the exercises are reality-based and constitute actual practice in using each new term as a tool. The first part of the book covers the basic tools: setting, plot, mood, conflict, style, theme, point of view, slant, and character, with a special section on outlining. The second part covers the shared vocabulary of poetry and prose: figures of speech (antithesis, apostrophe, hyperbole, irony, literary allusion, metaphor, metonymy, oxymoron, personification, simile, synecdoche, and understatement). Each of these first two sections contains a definition of the term, a cartoonish depiction of the concept, additional explanation, examples, and exercises. Answers to these exercises are included in the back of the book. The final part covers the specialized vocabulary of poetry: melody (alliteration, assonance, and rhyme), onomatopoeia, rhythm, and rhyme schemes. It also presents and explains various types of poetry including: epic, narrative, lyric, acrostic, ballad, blank verse, didactic, dramatic, elegy, epigram, epitaph, free verse, haiku, light verse, limerick, ode, parody, pastoral, satire, sonnet, and wordplay. A special section on poetry explication, complete with sample questions and sample explication elements ends the unit. One of the problems Ive encountered in using a non-text approach to literature in the upper grades is the hit-or-miss presentation of literary terms. Some guides touch on a concept or two in each guide but what are the chances that my high schoolers will be exposed to all of them in our course of study? So, Ive been on the lookout for a book just like this, to make sure my children have the familiarity and understanding of literary and poetic terms theyll need in college - regardless of the literature program we use.

  • Item #: 055765
    ISBN: 9781623410186
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    Theres nothing like a good resource to make you feel more confident as a teacher. And this is a GOOD resource for anyone teaching classes or students using the IEW writing methodology. The IEW elements of style can be a bit challenging, particularly the advanced dress-ups and decorations. This resource manual (available previously only as a download from IEW) is full of lesson ideas, samples from classic literature, exercises, and games. For your students there are lots of reproducible (for a family or class) student lesson pages plus master sheets to enable them to prepare a personal collection of style elements. For you there is a complete answer key, a selected bibliography, a review game and two versions (for younger and older students respectively) of a simile game. About half of the book is game pieces printed on colored cardstock. 125 pgs. spiral-bound ~ Janice
  • Item #: 022079
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    Every once in a while, you come across a product that you wish you could have had when you were growing up, and those were exactly my feelings when I reviewed Ellen Johnston McHenrys introductory chemistry course. Geared for the upper elementary to junior-high age students, it introduces chemistry gently, comparing the elements, the ingredients of our world to common kitchen ingredients we use everyday to make many very different baked goods. The analogy kicks off the first chapter, where they learn about the more common elements such as carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, analogous to flour, sugar, and salt, which are used in nearly everything we bake. More uncommon elements such as berylium, gallium, and selenium are compared to fruit, spices, and other add-ins that you might only use in special recipes. The periodic table is then introduced, in the more simplified (and less intimidating) format of the "Kitchen Cupboard of the Universe). The basic concepts of chemistry are introduced in each chapter, in a very simple, understandable format, and avoids bogging them down with details that will be covered (much more exhaustively!) in high school or college. The approach appears to work well, with protons, neutrons, electrons, the electron cloud model, orbitals, bonding, spin, and more covered in just the very first few chapters. Fun and interactive activities are featured at the end of each chapter, to review and reinforce what was covered in the chapter, before moving further on. The activities are a good mix of hands-on experiments, and model-making, puzzles, fill-in-the-blanks, and of course short answer to write electron configurations, Lewis diagrams, chemical compounds and more. The hands-on activities have been well-chosen and illustrate well the concepts that have been learned. Constructing balloon electron cloud models and edible chemical compounds, creating carbon dioxide bubbles, and electolysis are several examples. Several songs are included, for those who are more auditorily oriented. Several more involved activities include making periodic-table pillowcases to play a game on, creating your own "collect-em-all" chemical elements card deck, and performing several short skits on the discovery of several of the more common elements of the periodic table. Students are also challenged by the author to memorize as much of the periodic table as they can, to help make life easier when they revisit the subject (as well as impress their relatives at get-togethers). At only 70 pages of lessons, this is a fairly brief, but effective introduction to chemistry that could be easily worked into the academic year with any style of curriculum being used. Patterns, outlines, activity sheets, game boards, and more are included in the activity packet. And, to make things easier on Mom, most of the materials are easily found, either around the home, or at your local Wal-Mart (no poring over science supply catalogs trying to decide how many moles of a chemical to order!), and all are listed in the very front of the book.

    All in all, this is a very well-done introduction to the basics of chemistry, and whatever your students take with them from this course will be well applied to more advanced chemistry, making their journey into more advanced chemistry all the more manageable. Plus, I think students will definitely be impressed with themselves for being able to complete some college-level chemistry by Chapter 3 of the book! Personally, my first real experience with chemistry was my senior year of high school, followed by the four semesters of chemistry required by my major, and I think both high school chemistry as well as introductory college chemistry would have been much easier to understand had I had some experience with these concepts at an earlier age. --- Jess

  • Item #: 009743
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    A very complete, structured, thoroughly Christian writing program for grades 1-12. This program emphasizes all the basic elements of writing: descriptive, narrative, informational, and persuasive. Success or mastery of these skills is insured by the systematic, progressive building of each concept in the daily lesson plans. The plans are also very comprehensive, requiring very little, if any, parent preparation. The lessons at grade levels 1-6 must be presented by the teacher. At higher levels, students can work independently. The 360-page curriculum is divided into three parts. Part I is a discussion of the approach used in the program. Part II addresses the specific elements of content, style, and mechanics to be mastered, with examples of each. Part III contains the actual lesson plans, divided into levels 1-12. It is not necessary to begin at level one or actual grade level - a Diagnostic Check list in the appendix will help you locate the starting point for your child. Even when starting at a higher level, author Susan Braderick explains that all students, even high schoolers, will need to study writing content and writing style materials from level 2 onward. This is required to assure complete understanding of these skills. Older students will be able to progress through this material more quickly, however, so they should have no trouble completing the program through level 12, despite a late start. Reproducible PET (Planning Evaluation and Testing) sheets are used in the program as tools to help students plan their writing before they begin, functioning as a blueprint for their compositions, and as a parental reference for evaluation of the students writing. A 50 page tablet of PET sheets and a durable plastic line template to use in lining unlined paper and stationary are included. Note that Understanding Writing is purely a writing program - concentrating on mastering God-honoring written communication. Phonics, handwriting, spelling, and reading are not included. Additionally, the program requires the use of A Beka and Rod and Staff English handbooks, a good dictionary, a thesaurus, a comprehensive grammar course (at levels 7 and above), and the book Elements of Style for levels 9-12.

  • Item #: 057632
    ISBN: 9781934732281
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) This workbook reinforces both manuscript and cursive writing skills. Ideal for any student who needs extra practice or just wants to review proper letter formation. Older students and adults can use this book independently to improve their handwriting. Includes a review of all handwriting elements.
  • Item #: 057633
    ISBN: 9781931181209
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    (description by publisher - stay tuned for our own!) Teachers learn every aspect of handwriting instruction! Models and detailed stroke descriptions are provided for all manuscript and cursive uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers. This workbook includes common problems and corrective techniques, learning and teaching styles, elements of legibility, handwriting in early childhood curriculum, and more!
  • Item #: 036211
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    This 2" x 6" cardstock bookmark features an alphabetized list of the elements with their symbols, from Actinium (Ac) to Zirconium (Zr). Black, blue, and purple colors bring some style to the small chart. A handy reference to keep in any chemistry book.

  • Item #: 051449
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    Students learn to verify and clarify facts presented in expository texts by using a variety of consumer, workplace and public documents. Investigative Research paper elements are studied including finding sources for topic, gathering evidence to support a thesis and use of a rubric to evaluate thesis. Four styles of literature are studied: early American, Puritan, Southern Colonies and Middle Colonies. Practice continues in public speaking and multimedia presentation, as well as a study of narrative and persuasive essays. Students will also learn business communication, writing cover letters and resumes and understanding work place documents. Review of grammar usage and mechanics.

  • Item #: 045024
    ISBN: 9780976638636
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    Have you ever used a book and just kept thinking about the changes you would make? Perhaps that was the experience of Margot Davidson. Taking a classic Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl she tweaked it just a bit. The result is all the warmth of the original with just a little more practicality, more beauty, and more applicability. The same wonderful balance between oral and written work has been preserved along with all the basic elements copywork/dictation, picture study, memorization selections, grammar sequences, and composition. Some of the pictures are now in full color, and some are changed to appeal more to young readers. Also, some changes were made to bring it in line with todays English. Already flexible (could be used as either a full third grade course or spread over second and third grade), some of the exercises toward the end of the 164 lessons have been broadened, making them more appropriate for students at the end of third grade. Perhaps the most noticeable change is the typesetting, which is modern; the pages having much more white space and an added coil-binding making it so much easier to use for copywork or for teacherwork. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 039871
    ISBN: 9781908449337
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    Parents, do you ever feel that when you were a kid, having fun was a lot simpler? Even when I was growing up in the early 90s, it seems like we kids were content to have hours of fun playing simple games and using our imaginations. The Bumper Book of Family Games is the perfect resource to bring that element back into your familys leisure time. Learn (or re-learn) the classics like Capture-the-Flag, Sardines, and Boxes Or some you may not have heard of, like Steal the Bacon, DropOut, or Bulls and Cows. Delightfully illustrated with nostalgic 50s-style artwork, thisll quickly become a family favorite for times you want to kick back and do something fun. It even includes fun trivia and quizzes, as well as ideas for doing enjoyable simple things (like rockpooling). 91 pgs., hc. Chad

  • Item #: 014452
    ISBN: 9781566440837
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    Have you ever noticed that while it is easy to recognize poetry, describing it can be difficult? That is because poetry can take so many different forms and styles. This book is intended to teach the elements of lighter poetry to students and have them practice using those elements in their own poetry writing, all in a fun and easy-going way. It is divided into seven sections that deal with increasingly difficult forms of poetry and provides worksheets for those forms. Each form of poetry covered includes a description and sample of what the form entails and then instructs students to write their own poem using the style of writing they just observed.

    The first section includes beginning activities to get students interested in poetry and warm up their skills with easier poem forms. They learn about and write such poems as acrostic poems, I am poems, and jingles. The second section of the book discusses the shape of poetry. Students learn about writing poems using stanzas and create shapes with their poems like pyramid poems, diamond poems, and column poems. The third section of the book teaches and provides practice in traditional poetry, free verse, narrative poetry, and lyric poetry. The forth section of the book shares the elements of poetry. Students learn about and write similes, metaphors, under and overstatement, personification, figures of speech, alliteration, and more. The fifth section teaches how to acquire and develop ideas for writing poetry. It includes a list of brainstorming and revision ideas as well as actual topics to write about. Section six in the book includes ideas on how teachers can showcase their students poetry. Ideas include having a poetry reading, making a poetry notebook, and recording student poems on tape recorders or video cameras. The final section displays small poems from actual third to tenth grade students from around the country. Reproducible. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 041246
    ISBN: 9781623410490
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    Lessons featuring Medieval History themes including Byzantine Empire, Mohammed, Charlemagne, Battle of Hastings, Knights, King Arthur, Lady Godiva (actually a story about tax relief), Genghis Khan, Marco Polo and Men of the Reinaissance among others incrementally teach all the IEW models of structure and elements of style. Vocabulary cards, quizzes, and games are included. 29 lessons, revised - now made up of a teacher/student set with the student book also available separately.

  • Item #: 043311
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    In this four-part DVD set, world renowned jazz musician Wynton Marsalis introduces the fundamentals of music in a way that is informative, entertaining and best of all relevant to kids. Drawing upon the unique talents of conductor Seiji Ozawa, acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and his own jazz band, Marsalis breaths life into what might be considered a dull subject for anyone other than the avid music enthusiast. Wyntons lighthearted presentation, as well as his ability to appeal to the viewers imagination and to simplify music using everyday illustrations makes this production as enjoyable as it is enlightening. As you watch this series, you will learn about rhythm and how it affects music, you will learn to recognize and predict musical themes and other elements of musical form, and you will gain fresh perspective on the importance of practice in order to confidently express yourself as a musician. Along the way, you will be treated to the musical stylings of Tchaikovsky, Scott Joplin, John Phillip Sousa, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Each of the four DVDs is 52 minutes long and is divided into short chapters making it easy to locate the precise segment you wish to play for instruction or review purposes. Also, the set includes a program guide with detailed descriptions of each segment. My only bit of criticism is that some of the graphics are a little dated. Also, there is a 1 min. 30 sec. commercial for Devine Entertainment (the production company) at the beginning of each DVD that cannot be skipped. These slight detractions aside, I am certain you will find this a delightful program, enjoyable for the whole family. Rachel P.

  • Item #: 047827
    ISBN: 9780545110020
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    This book used to be sold as four separate workbooks Expository Writing, Descriptive Writing, Narrative Writing, and Persuasive Writing. Well, those are now combined into a single volume creating a book of ready-to-use lessons that will help students strengthen their writing. The book features a step-by-step approach, building skill upon skill. Written to the teacher, the book is laid out in a series of two-page activities: one lesson page to teach from followed by a reproducible, consumable workbook page for students to complete. The four sections of the book focus on developing the skills necessary to enhance that style of writing.

  • Narrative: students are taught how to write narratives about their own experiences, about other people and about literature. This culminates in learning to write a story.
  • Descriptive: teaches the different elements of descriptive writing. Concepts/skills students will learn along the way include: exploring sensory imagery, choosing the best word that works (contrasting, metaphor and simile, personification), and organizing descriptive paragraphs.
  • Expository: this section is broken into four parts main idea, purpose, audience, and presentation. There are plenty of graphic organizers in this section to help with organizing and using ideas.
  • Persuasive: students will learn the elements of persuasion, analyze the techniques and come to understand the different purposes for persuading. Some types of persuasive writing that are focused on are book reviews, editorials, and persuasive essays (to name just a few).
  • Each of these sections also contains chapters titled On Your Own and Rate Yourself. The first provides activities for students to practice applying their skills in an imaginative way, and the second is a self-assessment for students. The descriptive, narrative, and persuasive sections each have two composition activities to help students strengthen their writing. There are no answers included, as it is intended that the teacher would have a lot of interaction with each student and their work. Zach

  • Item #: 047011
    ISBN: 9780753463147
    Retail: $8.99
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    Field guides are usually not fun to look at, but this book is done in the same fun manner as Periodic Table: Elements with Style? An introduction gives a brief explanation of geology and Charles Lyell, the grandfather of geology. The book is then divided into 8 chapters of rocks, minerals, and fossils - Sedimentary and Stylish, Molten Maniacs, The Metamorphics, Shock and Ore, Mineral Gang, The Purists, Little Gems, and Fossils. Each chapter begins with an explanation for that group and shows a pictorial listing of the items in that chapter. A two-page spread is dedicated to each specimen in the chapter one page of information and an illustrated picture on the second. The information offered includes a description of the element, how it is formed, mineral composition, hardness, grain size, color, and other interesting facts. A large part of the description is done in first person as if the specimen was speaking, and the picture has human-like features (face, legs, arms, etc.) to help you get a feel for the personality of that particular specimen and make it easier to remember the names of each. The glossary at the back of the book offers short, simple definitions for geology related words, and a Mohs scale poster is included which features 10 of the characters from the book to represent the levels of hardness. This book will be a gem of a resource as your students learn about rocks and minerals. This book does make reference to millions of years in a couple of places. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 018549
    ISBN: 9780825111938
    Retail: $26.00
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    A superb course for teens or adults, combining all the basics of drawing with art theory, history, and appreciation. If youve got a child serious about drawing, wed recommend this book. Over 100 exercises cover drawing techniques, media, space, composition, and design, beginning with an exploration of six types of media. Students experiment with pencil, pen & ink (or ballpoint), charcoal, art chalk or pastels, black marker with blunt tip, and brush and ink, getting their feet wet before plunging into composition exercises. The following chapters concentrate on building up from simple constructions, landscapes, trees, still life, people, composition, interpreting designs, expressing meanings through drawing, and more. As you progress through these, different elements of drawing are studied - perspective, balance, direction, shading, etc. Many illustrations and clear step-by-step instructions are included, making the course easy for students to use independently. Each chapter includes drawings by master artists (111 in book) correlated to the topic. These are preceded by excellent discussion questions, both general and applying to individual works. These are not just yes/no questions. Rather, they help lead the student to discover more about drawing and style as well as to gain familiarity with specific artists techniques. My oldest daughter used this as an art elective and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were able to obtain most of the materials needed locally, except the Chinese-style brush. A long-bristled, pointed brush may be substituted for this. 190 pgs.

  • Item #: 045018
    ISBN: 9780714845302
    Retail: $19.95
    Rainbow Price: $15.50

    Artists have many different ideas and styles, and each one offers a new expression of imagination and creativity. This book explores the works of 30 different artists, challenging children to think outside the box about art and notice the unique elements of each work. Full-color reproductions are accompanied by short blurbs of interesting text, generally filled with questions directed at students to help them discover the work of art and appreciate its nuances. Perfect for a laid back art appreciation resource for a wide age range of children, as younger and older children alike can make insightful observations about the works. This high-quality book features thick, glossy pages. 80 pgs, hc. Melissa

  • Item #: 038866
    ISBN: 9781451623529
    Retail: $14.99
    Rainbow Price: $10.95
    (description by publisher) From the author of Forged in Faith comes the remarkable untold history of how the faith of our fathers critically influenced the outcome of the American Revolution and the birth of the United States of America. A page-turner that reads like a novel! Here, in the fascinating follow-up to his popular work Forged in Faith, award-winning historian Rod Gragg reveals how the American Revolution was fired and fueled by Americas founding faiththe Judeo-Christian worldview. Based on meticulous research and propelled by a fast-paced style, By the Hand of Providence uncovers the extraordinary, almost-forgotten history of the faith-based Revolution that secured American liberty and nationhood. From the American peoples first resistance to attacks on their God-given or inalienable rights, through the dramatic battlefield events of the Revolution and General George Washingtons pivotal faith-based leadership, to the climactic surrender of Cornwalliss British army at Yorktown, By the Hand of Providence exposes the long-overlooked but critical element that kept alive the American War for Independence and motivated the ultimate victory that established the United States of America. In the words of George Washington: The Hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith. . . . Graced by a fast-paced narrative and based on the extensive research Gragg has so notably applied to other events in American history, By the Hand of Providence is an insightful and fascinating account of the faith-based Revolution that secured American independence and nationhood.
  • Item #: 044573
    ISBN: 9780824967956
    Retail: $12.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.75

    My first thought when I skimmed this book was, You know, if you didnt have the time to devote to a full-fledged art curriculum, this would be an excellent resource! And it is! Flexible for use with multiple grade levels, this art activity book features 40 lessons that cover the elements of art and design through inventive, open-ended projects that include tie-ins to learning about famous artists too! Seven chapters introduce the concepts of line, shape, texture, color, value, form and space through basic instruction and multiple activities. For example, lets look at the first chapter on line. Two pages of text introduce the concept and show examples of different types of line, and how they are used in art. The following projects include: making a crayon-resist painting of a spider web to appreciate linear design, making a decorative line design by filling in an outline of an object with small patches of lines in patterns, making a line drawing of an imaginary machine, like Leonardo da Vinci (complete with notes written backwards!), using a grid to make a drawing, drawing a musical instrument (while listening to music), then drawing lines around the instrument inspired by the music, and making a kaleidoscope line design by making a symmetrical design on a Styrofoam tray, then printing a block of the design. Projects in the other six chapters are just as inventive and creative, and I love the little Meet the Masters sections here and there that share information on a famous artist and their artistic style. The title sums it up the projects are so well focused that children will likely create impressive works as they learn the elements of design! Although some of the projects call for specific items (acrylic spray, vermiculite, plaster of Paris, or grass seed), these dont appear to be too difficult to find and most of the projects do rely on the basics construction paper, scissors, crayons, tempera paint, watercolors, colored pencils, and markers. Whether you are just considering incorporating art into your curriculum regularly, or you are looking for enjoyable art projects based on the elements of design, this is an amazing resource. 128 pgs. Jess

  • Item #: 037559
    ISBN: 9780984549627
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.00
    Think it might be fun to learn a little history from the land down under? This writing course will give you that option or it could be used to supplement a full-blown Australian history course (theres a book and movie resource list in the back). Either way youll find this course to be an interesting way to learn and practice the IEW writing skills note taking, writing from notes, summarizing narrative stories, summarizing references, writing stories from pictures, research reports, creative writing, essay composition, and writing reviews/critiques as well as their stylistic elements. There are 2-4 lessons for each of these units (23 lessons total) that cover history, animals, landmarks and biographical sketches all pertinent to Australia. Lessons typically include the objective, a source text(s), specific instruction about both structure and style skills, and a check sheet. The consumable text is written to the student and could be used as a sequel to the Student Writing Intensive or as a beginning writing course if the teacher/parent has viewed the Teaching Writing Structure & Style course. Note: the Australian author uses the British spelling of some words (i.e. summarising). 140 pgs, spiral-bound ~ Janice
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