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  • Item #: 047585
    ISBN: 9781429117401
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    This step-by-step method of teaching writing skills will fit into any reading and language arts program. These reproducible workbooks challenge students to organize their thoughts in descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and mostly expository writings by using the four-square method. This method instructs students to write their main thought above a four-square box. Students then proceed to fill in the box, putting primary thoughts in three of the squares and a conclusion in the last. Each book in this series is broken down into five sections. In section one, students become familiar with the foursquare method by looking at examples and filling out some straight-forward squares. Students are primarily taught how to use this method in expository writing, so in section two, the book gives instructions on how to use the method for other styles of writing. In section three, the book provides samples of the method and essays that come from the samples. The essays can be used as models for students, and instructors could also use this section for reference. Section four supplies hints for applying the four-square method to other subject areas, as well as to a longer research or term paper. The last section in each book provides prompts to help students get started after they have learned the entire method. Overall, these books provide useful instruction to students who are visual learners and also to students who just need help organizing and focusing their writing. This unique approach to teaching basic writing skills will help students understand their writing and how to structure it better. The books with CDs are revised and updated versions that include an enhanced CD of printable PDFs of additional material – examples, activities, and writing exercises. The book for Early Learners focuses on introducing and explaining the method and simply illustrating its use through drawing and dictation. ~ Rachel

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    ISBN: 9781573101899
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  • Item #: 048046
    ISBN: 9781429117425
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    ISBN: 9781429117418
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    ISBN: 9781429117432
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  • Item #: 031923
    ISBN: 9781573104470
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  • Item #: 031924
    ISBN: 9781573104487
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    ISBN: 9781573104463
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  • Item #: 038317
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    What a neat little set! At first I wasn’t sure what to do with these, but the consultants provided lots of great ideas (aside from the obvious manipulative sorting). This set contains six dry erase 16.5” x 12.5” mats. They’re transparent with colored lines printed on them. Each set contains one of each: 2x2 grid, 2x3 grid, 4 sets of ten-frames, three columns, two columns, and a two-circle Venn diagram. The 2x2 grid would be great for use with the Four Square Writing Method. The 2x3 could be used for drawing out a story (like storyboarding for a writing/drawing project or comic). The three columns work really well for use with Base 10 place value manipulatives, and the two columns would be great for writing out pros and cons. They would be great for circle time in a classroom setting. But why transparent? These were originally designed for use on a light table like the EduPanel. Two mats will fit on the A3 sized panel, while the A2 panel will fit one mat. Even without the light tables, though, these would work great on a flat surface like the kitchen table. – Laura

  • Item #: 005587
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    How about a little twist on your average four-in-a-row game? The object is to be the first player to complete a square on the tile board. But the catch is, the tiles move! Each turn consists of placing a piece and then sliding one of the eight tiles into the only open space on the board. Pay attention, because if you're not careful, you could wind up helping your opponent as easily as helping yourself! Squares can be made over multiple tiles, and each move is not allowed to undo the other player's last move. Simple to learn and quick to play, you'll exercise your cranium every time! For two players. – Chad

  • Item #: 044441
    ISBN: 9781557996084
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    This reproducible Evan-Moor workbook is packed with activities that provide students with practice writing narrative, descriptive, how to, and compare and contrast paragraphs. Part One details the different parts of a paragraph and helps students write and identify topic sentences, main ideas, and supporting details. Part Two gives students actual practice with writing the four different kinds of paragraphs. It includes activities like filling in blanks to make complete paragraphs, finishing sentences in paragraphs, and writing paragraphs from scratch, all with useful prompts and topics that students will find fun and personal. Part Three focuses on teaching students to plan out paragraphs by using a web diagram. Part Four teaches how to write a paragraph using an outline. Part Five includes reproducible sentence strips and picture cards to be used in a "Paragraph Writing Center" where students put sentences in the order that makes the most sense, use picture prompts to write paragraphs, and use open-ended topic sentences as paragraph starters. The final section of the book provides forms for students to practice writing paragraphs in science, social studies, and math. With fun topics, lots of practice, and a focus on trait-based writing, this workbook is a great supplement to any writing program. Additional useful contents include teacher and student checklists and eight transparencies for use with a few of the activities. 80 perforated pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 041244
    ISBN: 9780977986040
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    Would you like to combine writing lessons with quality biographical information that inspires and challenges your students? The twenty-four lessons in this course take you systematically through the various structure-building and stylistic skills associated with TWSS. Each of the nine TWSS units has 2-3 lessons featuring source texts from the lives of Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln, and St. Francis of Assisi. Also included are lessons on the key virtues of a strong character and the responsibilities of a Christian. Each lesson includes a checklist of the various elements to be included in the final written product. The lessons build upon previous lessons. Spaces for outlines (required for most writing assignments) are included in the workbook, but most students will find it more convenient to use separate paper. ~ Janice



  • Item #: 049916
    ISBN: 9781623411367
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    Hmmm. I think you would call this series of DVD lectures "in-service training". Don't we need a certain number of credits each year? Oh, wait! I'm getting us homeschoolers confused with the other guys. Nevertheless, these are wonderful lectures. From Andrew Pudewa's description of the four arts of language (yes, just four, not the umpteen that we normally think of) – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – to Andrew Kern's lost tools of writing, these lectures are inspiring; they're insightful; and they're practical. The Christian, classical home educator will find herself recommitted to the development of strong language skills in her children as well as better able to facilitate that development. The three DVD set provides five lectures plus a question and answer period with both Andrews. Lectures: The Four Language Arts, The Five Paths to Great Writing, The Distinctives of Classical Rhetoric, Developing the Essayist, and Assessment. Handouts to the lectures can be downloaded from the IEW website. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 059654
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    The author of Daily Grammar Practice brings us this elementary composition program that balances structure and individualization. The program's distinctive feature is the Burnette Writing Process, which implements two key components (focus and reflection) to strengthen students' writing. In each assignment, the teacher guides the student to focus and then reflect on specific writing skills. Assignments vary based on the student's writing level: each of the 36 writing tasks includes a separate assignment for three different writing levels: A, B, and C. Level A writers are beginner writers; B writers have mastered some of the process, but need practice; and C writers have mastered more skills, but need to strengthen their abilities.

    Focus enables the writer to improve a few skills at a time. Each assignment includes a maximum of 6 focus skills (for Level C students); the author recommends choosing two to three skills for Level A and three to four for Level B. Students hone their abilities on more specific skills within the broader categories of content, organization, style, conventions, and format. Reflection requires students to think about their writing, to understand their thought process as they write and, through rubrics, evaluate their ability to complete the focus tasks.

    The guide's first portion introduces methodology, elaborates on each lesson's skills and explains focus skills and rubrics. The last portion includes sample poetry, graphic organizers and rubrics. In between, the majority of the guide details the 36 different writing tasks and accompanying assignments. Each assignment explains the goal, the intended audience, writing form and procedure, and suggested focus skills. The different composition tasks encompass descriptive, expository, analytical and creative writing, and use such forms as letters, narration, comparison and contrast, persuasive, play writing and fantasy.

    Use with one student as he/she works through multiple skill levels or simultaneously for multiple ages. In writing, self-evaluation is a difficult but necessary skill, and this text allows the teacher to guide students to becoming stronger and more self-aware writers. 8.5" x 11", copyright pages are reproducible for single classroom, spiral bound, 153pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 000607
    ISBN: 9780964904200
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    So many students get burned out on writing before they've hardly begun, bogged down by complex grammar rules, inflexible formats, and uninteresting assignments. It shouldn't be that way. Writing should be an exciting subject, entered into as an adventure, for there are so many types of writing that every assignment can be enjoyable! This is the way that Gabriel Arquilevich, author of Writing for 100 Days, presents it. Predictably, the book contains 100 lessons, divided into four categories; composition, fiction, poetry, and writing in action. The lessons are short, flexible, and structured for use by the student alone, or for a teacher and student(s). The book kicks off with word usage and a review of punctuation. However, this is only brief review, and though exercises are given, supplemental practice would be helpful to keep those skills fresh. After the basics are reviewed, more punctuation, construction, tone, and style are covered in Composition. Fiction covers character creation, setting, plot, dialogue, and point of view. Poetry covers haiku, limericks, sonnet, free and blank verse, lyrics, and more. Writing in Action (the largest section) contains instruction on writing as part of daily life, such as business and personal letters, interviews, advertisements, reviews, columns, diaries, and greeting cards. The lessons, each covering a major facet of the big topic, are divided into two parts, the lesson and the writing. The introduction is clearly written, includes many examples, and is reader-friendly. Then the fun part - putting into action what you have just learned. The short assignments leave room for lots of creativity.

    We are encouraged, no, told to learn from our mistakes as we write our pieces, and how to recognize familiar pitfalls. Yes, an important step of many of the assignments is to purposely write our piece exhibiting the featured foibles! In a lesson on wordiness, we're told to write a half-page description of an event, adding as much wordiness as possible. In a lesson on fragments and run-on sentences, we have to write a story - a one-page story with one sentence. Or, write a description of an unknown planet, with a catch - use no similes or metaphors. This not only makes errors much more noticeable, but also relays to us the importance of grammatical tools and variety in writing. (Oh, by the way, after you write your piece with the errors, you do go back and fix it.) At the end of each unit, you use all the components you've practiced to write your big composition, fictional story, sestina, and journalistic works.

    For extra fun, several games are featured at the end of the book. Answers to the review questionaire also included. This is truly a "breath of fresh air" for any student, but especially to one who is having a hard time really enjoying the art of writing. - Jess

  • 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 #: 013488
    ISBN: 9780890519929
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    If you are looking to develop your expository writing skills, check out thisworkbook. Expository writing exposes, puts forth, explains, reveals, orexhibits in detail about something. This style of writing is perfect to usewhen you want to inform, clarify, or persuade. Honestly, this style of writingis what your child needs to learn for college! It falls perfectly in line withwhat my college professors wanted. Luckily, I had learned this style of writingduring my high school years, so I was well prepared. You'll want to prepareyour child in the same way.

    This book falls naturally into seven sections. You would be hard-pressed totry and do all the sections in one year, as there is so much to cover and thewriting and research process takes time. (Remember, college professors oftengive students a whole semester to work on one very detailed and in-depthpaper.) Section one works on single paragraph formats. Then in section twoyou'll work on the elements of the five paragraph essay and different formatsyou can use. Book reports put the five paragraph formats to use in sectionthree. Section four works on business writing, such as: business letters,letters of complaint, cover letters, political letters, and resume writing. Insection five, you'll work on the principle of condensation as you learn how towrite in various lengths as you reduce, abridge, abbreviate, shorten, cut,compress, compact, or distill your work! Now you are ready to compose a majorpaper and all its components (title page, endnotes, appendix, bibliography,etc), as outlined in section six. Section seven contains all the check sheetsand forms, tests, answer keys, and sample week-by-week schedules to help youorganize deadlines for the longer, more detailed papers.

    This workbook is very straightforward in its presentation of this writingstyle, but it is very clear, concise, and helpful. If my recommendation isn'tenough, then maybe you'd be interested to know that this is also one of CathyDuffy's 100 Top Picks. 160 pgs, pb. - elise

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  • Item #: 024331
    ISBN: 9780966667752
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    The style and format to this second volume is very similar to the first (not surprisingly). As with the first book, it is not meant to be tied to an age or a grade, so students younger than sixth grade may benefit from this course as well. There are 24 lessons in this book; however, there is not a start-up level, just an intermediate and advanced. You can use the book with multiple students simultaneously or go through the book twice with one student, once at each level. The lessons are split into 6 units, each containing four related lessons. These units target focus, progression, clarity, writing to entertain, writing to inform, and writing to persuade. As with the first book, the lessons are written clearly to the students for independent work, and the course is extremely flexible and easy to work into your particular schedule. A teacher's guide offers additional advice and explanations to help the teacher help their students. - Melissa

  • Item #: 031892
    ISBN: 9781425815271
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  • Item #: 056760
    ISBN: 9780156329309
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    C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity and many other books, delves into the topic of love. He talks about the four types of love – affection, friendship, Eros, and charity – what each of them means and the relationship of each to God and to those around us. This is a complicated topic that C. S. Lewis tries to sort out and help us make sense of. Learn the difference in the types of love and which is most like the love of God. This is for older readers, as it discusses homosexuality and sexuality within the friendship and Eros loves. 141 pgs. p/b. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 066092
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      We’ve all heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words,” but what would your child’s words be? This fun writing pad has 20 different pictures with a space for your child to write their own interpretation. Do one a day for a four-week creative writing supplement, or one a week for a whole semester. You may find that your child has so many words that they could write a whole book (They might need their own Write Brain Author Kit!). A cute, simple way to get creativity flowing. Includes 20 11x17” sheets. – Laura

  • Item #: 039554
    ISBN: 9780972873123
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    So Level One has been completed and the paragraph has been mastered. Next step? The essay. This course uses the 5-paragraph essay as the standard essay format. After a brief review of the material covered in Level One, students are introduced to the 5-paragraph model. From that point, additional components are learned in subsequent lessons which students will use to produce full classical form essays of the following types: historical figure, comparison, narrative, cause and effect, précis and abstract, deliberative, judicial, ceremonial, and response. As they master each of these different types, students will also learn how to construct various creative introductions and conclusions and ways to enliven their writing with figures of speech. The book includes teaching schedules in the appendix for twenty-four, thirty-six, or forty-eight week courses. The appendices also include evaluation forms and checklists for helping with revision and grading. Clear, with well-defined teaching points and examples, this is a comprehensive curriculum for mastering the essay. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 017785
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    Brief explanations of Persuasive, Expository, Descriptive, and Narrative writing.

  • Item #: 018615
    ISBN: 9781623411381
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    Here's a tremendous resource if you've been through the Teaching Structure and Style video workshop (as a teacher). Saving you the trouble of gathering all your own source material and creating assignments, this four-section packet provides blackline masters for source texts for supplemental assignments in Units 1-6 as well as teaching helps and assignments. Also included are some of the reproducible handouts from the TWSS course. Written materials are labeled according to reading level, and instruction is included for adjusting teaching for different age/grade levels. All of the source materials are reproducible for one family/class. Part 1 provides 39 articles for note-taking and summarizing (Units 1 & 2) and a "User Guide" - instructions for these articles which include the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level, discussion questions, and assignments. Part 2 provides 30 story sequence sources for Unit 3 and a "Success Guide" for these stories that includes model outlines, tips for teaching students how to rewrite the stories, the Story Sequence Chart and helps for teaching through it. Part 3 provides 41 mini-books – source material for Units 4 & 6. Part 4 provides 19 pictures for Unit 5 along with teaching procedures and suggested outlines and stories. About 100 pgs, 3-hole-punched, loose leaf. ~ Janice
  • Item #: 040460
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    This 16.5” x 11.4” write-on/wipe-off magnet chart with a colorful chalk theme and polka dot border will add style to any magnetic surface. Use your favorite dry erase marker to take notes, keep track of chores, and write down assignments. Each square is 1”x1” -EmilyG

  • Item #: 036911
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    If you've found yourself thinking that the reading/phonics/spelling programs available are just not quite what you're looking for – take a look at this all-in-one program. Square One provides step-by-step lesson plans that teach reading and spelling at the same time it teaches the alphabet (and you can throw in keyboarding for good measure if you wish). It's a different approach, granted, but you'll have to admit as you explore the rationale of its author, Don McCabe, that it makes sense – and addresses some of the weaknesses of typical reading programs. So, here are some of the basic premises of this program. Students need to learn that it is the letters that make the sounds that make the words (rather than just learning a "picture" of a word). Learning alphabetic order is important, so it is taught alongside learning letters that are more commonly used. Words are introduced and taught alongside the letters. Letters are presented in handwriting fonts so students learn to identify the varying appearance of letters. Teaching keyboarding at the same time actively involves both hemispheres of the brain.

    Instruction is divided into 19 units. Most units have three or four lessons and are obviously designed to be completed at whatever pace is comfortable to both teacher and student but perhaps one per day. Review lessons are provided periodically. Beginning lessons are stepped out in detail, but as the teaching pattern becomes familiar, the later lessons provide the needed instructional content in list form: new basic words, power words, names, decodable sentences (for reading, copying, dictating, and/or keyboarding), more decodable sentences, and, possibly, still more decodable sentences.

    With an emphasis on multi-sensory instruction, teachers need to be equipped with a dry erase board and an alphabet strip (which they make) plus cards (also made by the teacher) that include letters, pictures, and words. Letters are presented in manuscript, upper and lower case in whatever font style you choose. You can be flexible here, however, and the author gives you permission to use letter strokes from another system if preferred. There is a big emphasis on legibility. Letter names ("bee") are taught alongside letter sounds ("buh") with examples of words. Words are constantly being added as letters are added so the student develops an increasing vocabulary of basic words (words commonly associated with beginning reading), power words (less familiar but more interesting words), and names (a good way to use upper case letters and to develop familiarity with letters). Decodable sentences are introduced from the beginning and are provided for a variety of activities – reading, copying, dictation, and/or keyboarding. Phonics rules (and tips) are introduced as appropriate. For instance, Unit 3 is concerned with mastering the Y. A phonics rule includes "the sound that the letter y makes depends upon its neighbors." Lesson 1 covers the "ay" word family and mentions some "sight word" exceptions such as "says." Lesson 2 shows the long I (eye) sound and its rules (when it is at the end of a one syllable word and when it follows the letters b, l, m, and r). Lesson 3 teaches that the letter Y has the long E ("ee") sound when it is at the end of a word with two or more syllables. As you can tell from this unit, the alphabetic instructional sequence also provides comprehensive phonics instruction. Letters are taught in this order: A, B, C, D, R, S, T, Y, E, F, G, H, W, I, N, J, K, L, M, O P, QU, V, X, and Z.

    Typically, you will find introductory information at the beginning of a curriculum product. Not so here. 25 pages at the back of the binder-bound volume explain the AVKO rationale and techniques for teaching phonics/reading as well as general miscellaneous explanations. AVKO and Don McCabe brought us Sequential Spelling and his approach to teaching reading – just as with the spelling - is consistent with his experience in teaching dyslexics and in being himself a dyslexic. Instruction in this program is laid out clearly and lessons provide a step-by-step approach. It is not a glitzy program, and what is provided is instructional and textual. All "props" must be provided (usually constructed) by the teacher. This program is aptly subtitled "the only handwriting/keyboarding curriculum that teaches reading and spelling as the alphabet is being taught using only decodable words." That pretty much sums it up. ~ Janice