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  • Item #: 066102
    ISBN: 9780986325700
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  • Item #: 028507
    ISBN: 9780838862773
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    This is a journal made specifically for journal writing. The book itself is ready to be written in, with the top 1/3 of every page blank and the bottom 2/3 of the pages lined. The inside front cover has a list of frequently misspelled words and the inside back cover is a place for students to create their own word list. Although a teaching guide was available at one time, at this time, only the student journal is available. The overall idea is to get students journaling as an aid in developing their literacy skills. ~ Zach

  • 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 #: 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 #: 022338
    ISBN: 9780980100594
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    This program can be used for Levels A, B or C. 30 lessons are included in a spiral-bound book with ready-made lesson plans, Scripture used as a subject for writing, and multi-level checklists. Each lesson provides a specific objective, at least two translations of Scripture, an assignment with checklists, and a space for the final copy to be written or pasted into the book, which creates a portfolio of the year's work. Checklists are provided for the three different levels. Sample compositions are plentiful, as well as vocabulary development and review exercises to strengthen understanding of stylistic techniques. The story of Noah forms the core of the first two units. Unit 3 focuses on sequencing and sources include the miracle at Cana, the parable of the talents, the story of Jonah, the Good Samaritan, and the Prodigal Son. Unit 4 lessons have students read and summarize Paul on Charity, Jesus' Miracles, Christ's Last Words, along with stylistic exercises taken from Psalms. Custom pictures have been created for Unit 5 lessons (Esther, Daniel, Nativity, Paul's conversion), and Unit 6 uses the synoptic gospels to teach multiple reference summarizing. With Unit 7, a few creative writing opportunities are suggested, and Unit 8 continues the five paragraph model with essays on Job's suffering, Christ's condemnation by Pilate, and the duties of a Christian. Unit 9 presents an analysis of the books of Ruth and Jonah, as well as the story of David and Goliath.



  • 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 #: 057935
    ISBN: 9781893791107
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    Perfect for a daily journal, make-your-own book, or daily writing assignment, this simple writing journal is a cost-effective way to collect your child's compositions and drawings. Each of the 28 soft cover pages has a 3.5" x 6" space for a drawing and seven rows of half-inch ruled writing lines. Encourage your child to write down their prayers, express their thoughts, review a book they read, or report on an event. Inexpensive enough to buy several. – Laura

  • Item #: 028527
    ISBN: 9781931181396
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    With 1" ruled primary writing lines and a blank-top page every second page, this is the way to start your children on the road of journaling. The 64 pages should keep them going for a while, and the journal itself lays quite flat since it is 11" x 8.5" (landscape format). This makes it easier for younger children. Pb ~ Zach

  • Item #: 022613
    ISBN: 9781596472761
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    Rather than being just another schoolbook, this handbook has a different feel to it. By this, I mean that instead of the pages seeming like assignments, the book is written for students who want to learn how to write - as though they picked up this book themselves because they were interested and are doing it on their own time because they enjoy creative writing. I find it very fresh and appealing. The authors believe that mastering a narrative first will lead to better short stories and poetry and help them to flow more naturally, so the first part of the book focuses on writing a narrative. This is broken up into 3 different chapters, offering students practice in beginning a narrative, developing a narrative, and lastly perfecting a narrative. Each of these chapters follows the same basic steps - pre-writing, exploring, and brainstorming; composing and creating a draft; and finally revising, using sensory and vivid words, working with combining sentences, transitions, beginnings and ends, peer editing (you can do this yourself if there aren't any other students to assist), writing the final draft and then proofreading again. The chapters on short stories and poems follow this same format. For the short story, you'll also work on characterization and the structure specific to a short story. In the poetry chapter, you'll practice with imagery, structure, rhythm, figurative language, ideas, poetic springboards, and other relevant elements of poetry. Throughout all of the chapters, examples from professional and student writers are given for students to analyze and understand what it is about them that is so effective and successful. (This includes excerpts from books by John Steinbeck (The Long Valley) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird). Students are also given plenty of opportunities throughout the book for their own writing practice. After reading the example, they are encouraged to try their hand at capturing an audience with a great opener, vivid descriptions, smooth transitions, or whatever skill they are working with. They are also encouraged to keep a writing journal for daily use, and ideas for topics are given to help them get started. The very last chapter in this handbook provides ten guidelines for good writing and additional practice with sentence combining. This handbook could be a very beneficial, enjoyable tool for anyone who is interested in creative writing as a craft. - Melissa

  • Item #: 054995
    ISBN: 9781937664824
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    Writing prompts are a good way to get a student writing without the pressure of coming up with an idea completely from scratch. If you have ever used Silly Starters, this has the same look. It is a set of picture cards, 3 sets in a row, with a spiral binding. You flip it open randomly and write about the 3 images you see. This makes for thousands of combinations! Black line images are cute and cartoony and include things like a birthday cake, farm, igloo, scarecrow, diamond ring, castle, etc. So if I open up to a ballerina, a birthday cake and a spaceship, those 3 things have to be in my writing that day. You can use these as daily free-writing journal assignments (very informal) or use them for things like spelling words or even to spice up a grammar lesson. You can let the kids choose the images to write about, or agree to flip them open without looking and write about the 3 images without any fuss! Fun stuff! Horizontal format, 9" x 3.5" ~ Sara

  • Item #: 036002
    ISBN: 9781623412197
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    Rarely has a book appealed more to me at first glance. Remaining uncluttered, the concept of "playing with words" is evident in the colorful, graphic font manipulations (lines of type that sway), the cute illustrations, and the lists wonderful, whimsical, but never wayward words. This is a book about choosing the right word when you write. I use the word "appealing" quite a bit, so I thought I would look through the lists in this book and find a new one. I quickly discovered that this little diction worktext did not include "appealing" in any of its lists (or at least not that I could find). That means that I could put it in a "my words" section on one of the list. Would it best go on the Cheerful Clown Fish page or the Exuberant Sea Otter page or perhaps under the Ways to Describe Appearance or the Ways of Speaking list?

    Confused yet? This not-quite-a-vocabulary program, not-quite-a-thesaurus – it's all about discovering just the right word to use when writing. It features structured word lists organized around Character Traits, Ways to Describe, and Ways to Move with a few miscellaneous lists thrown in for good measure. Each list contains nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. Students are encouraged to playfully interact with these lists with the goal of acquiring quality word choices to incorporate into their writing. Using games and family activities to become familiar with the layout and content of the book, students can then use it independently as they endeavor to interject more definitive word selections into their compositions. Interspersed throughout the book are "Quotes to Inspire Your Writing" taken from classic literature as well as biblical quotes designed to underscore whatever topic is the focus of that page's lists.

    The suggested grade levels for this product indicate it should be used by emerging writers – those who need to find exactly the right word – as they practice their writing skills. Such a student might scan the Generous Manatee list looking for "ly" words (abundantly, bounteously, copiously), or strong adjectives (exorbitant, magnanimous, plenteous) or verbs (showered, bestowed) and feel quite empowered by the choices. However, I also think much younger children (upper elementary) could benefit from this book – becoming familiar with the lists, playing around with the words, etc. I can also easily imagine using this book myself as I seek alternatives to my overused word choices.

    At less than 100 pages, one might think this spiral-bound volume by Loranna Schwaeofer published by IEW is a bit pricey. Although it is reproducible for one homeschooling family or classroom, some of the colorful charm will be lost. Also, each student may want to personalize his own well-worn copy. The fact is, I know of nothing else quite like it – an opportunity to build one's vocabulary, a tool for strengthening one's ability to write with style, and a delightful immersion into the world of words. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 046234
    ISBN: 9781931181426
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    This notebook uses 3/8" lines with a dotted midline to keep students mindful of their handwriting, but it can be used for everything from copy work or a daily journal to a science notebook. Pages alternate between being fully lined and having space at the top that can be used for illustrations. The notebook also includes designated space on the inside covers for writing the student's schedule and notable dates. 64 pages, sc. – Rachel
  • Item #: 003412
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  • Item #: 045236
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    Being an adequate writer myself, I was surprised to discover how difficult it was to grade my children's writing assignments. This little resource would have made all the difference. Straight forward and to the point, the author walks you through the various components of effective writing – setting objectives and establishing criteria that you go over with your students so they know what you are looking for. That's not the best part though - included with the booklet is a 50 pg 3x3 pad of sticky note grading rubrics. Just slap one on a writing assignment, take a few minutes to evaluate the writing in terms of content (25 pts), organization (10 pts.), punctuation & spelling (15 pts), grammar (15 pts), neatness (15 pts), and thoroughness (20 pts), and Voila! you have your grade! Nothing could be easier on the teacher while providing good information for the student. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 054477
    ISBN: 9781931181419
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    Children love drawing, so why not include it in learning how to write? Each page of this journal includes a half-page blank space for a picture and 20 lines for writing—be it a story, report, or whatever else. The lines are nicely spaced for beginning writers, including a dashed middle line for lower-case letters and light upper line for capitals and tall letters. There are 24 pages, so there's enough space for 24 stories/pictures. Inside the front cover is a spot for your child's name, school name, and special notes; inside the back cover is a list of the states and their abbreviations and capital cities. –Chad

  • Item #: 033691
    ISBN: 9781569111819
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    This handy journal can be used for a variety of purposes. It includes 64 lined pages, with lines measuring 1/2". The inside covers include a definition of the parts of speech, a list of 100 often used words, and a list of 100 commonly misspelled words. It is paperback, and the cover is blue and decorated with colorful letters.

  • Item #: 008649
    ISBN: 9781567650891
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    Essay writing fears will be a thing of the past with this text reference on CD-ROM. The beginning is always a good place to start, and Steven Stern uses this exact technique as he teaches us all about essays. The very first chapter goes over exactly what an essay is, reading and writing essays, the purposes for essays (believe it or not, their purpose is not to frustrate or torture students), and the different parts of an essay. The guide progresses at a good pace, not dilly-dallying around on things that aren't helpful, but getting straight to the point in a logical and comprehensive way. There are several topics to be worked through at the pace of the student, covering what makes a readable essay, the steps to writing an essay (the writing process), how to get started, shaping the essay, going from the plan to essay, completing and polishing an essay, answering essay-test questions, and the parts of a whole (showing how the writer ties all the paragraphs together). There are activities throughout the text to cement the principles in the student's mind. Answers are not provided, as they will differ between students. This quick reference is a worthwhile tool both for those just learning to write and for those who want to polish up on their techniques and methods of essay writing. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 012331
    ISBN: 9781600220975
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    Over 350 creative writing prompts geared towards helping students read, think, and respond. Several writing prompts are included per page, and students can write as much as they wish about a topic or complete an assigned amount of words or pages. Prompts are broken up into eight sections. The All About Me section includes prompts like "Would you rather be a baby, a kid, a teenager, or an adult? Why?" and "If you could add a holiday that everyone in the country would celebrate, what would it be, when would it be, and how would everyone celebrate?" The Family Relationships section has prompts like "What have you learned about cooking from your parents? Do you think you'll be a good cook?" and "Describe a time when you and your siblings worked together." The Friendship section has questions like "How do you make a new friend?" and "If you could have anyone as your best friend, who would you choose and why?" The School section includes prompts like "What do you remember most about being in kindergarten?" and "What is your favorite subject in school and why? Is it the easiest subject for you? What is your least-favorite subject and why?" The Academics section has prompts like "If you could visit another planet, which one would you choose, and what do you think you might see?" and "What is one talent or skill that you have? How can you turn it into a career?" The Character Education and Safety section has prompts like "Some boys and girls choose to be mean to each other. What do you think causes them to be that way?" and "If you and a friend got lost in the woods while hiking, what would you do?" The Points to Ponder/Problem Solving section includes prompts like "If you were the leader of your country, what would you change about your country?" and "Would you rather be a famous movie star or a doctor? Why?" The last section is titled Story/Fiction Narrative and includes prompts like "You have been offered a round trip ride in a time machine and can travel any distance into the past. Where would you want to go? Describe the trip." Whether you work through the book and use all the prompts or just select the ones that appeal to you, this book is very useful at finding simple writing topics. Reproducible, 80 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 041732
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    An elegant and ancient art form, calligraphy is not only challenging, but relaxing. The key is having the right tools and lots of practice. This quality calligraphy set features a wood handled nib holder and 6 calligraphy nibs for dipping into ink (3 types for flourishing letter styles and 3 various widths for gothic letter styles). Nibs slide into the holder and back out when finished using. Grab a jar of calligraphy or India ink and some smooth parchment paper and then let the creative inking flow! ~ Emily

  • Item #: 013439
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    A follow-up to Intermediate Poetry and the last book in the poetry series. Chapter coverage includes foot/meter, stanza forms, figures of speech, and reading/understanding poetry. Optional reading selections include Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Spenser's Faierie Queene, Dante's Inferno, and Milton's Paradise Lost as pre-lessons for each chapter. A wide variety of poetry selections are used throughout the lessons as models and examples. Although the lessons (2-5 per chapter) are clearly laid out and progress sequentially through the skill sets, writing assignments are advanced and include analysis exercises and essays, poetry imitations, paraphrasing, diagramming metaphors, and writing précis. 234 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 024858
    ISBN: 9781878383761
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    Definitions, rules and examples on types of writing, tools, organization, research, prewriting, taking notes, citing sources, and more.

  • Item #: 013891
    ISBN: 9780764128226
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    This is a very extensive writing lesson book providing detailed, thorough instruction in many areas of writing that students need to master for success in college. It's probably not geared toward students who hate writing, because although it's easy to read, it provides no extra "fluff" to get students interested – it just gets right to the point. It focuses primarily on ways to master writing skills for compositions, term papers, essays, SAT essays, theses, and dissertations. Unlike a lot of writing books, this one doesn't define writing terms, focus on grammar, or review areas of writing before suggesting how to improve your skills. It assumes the student has basic writing skills and does not need to be told what brainstorming or essays are, or what's expected in a research paper. It really just goes through different areas of writing and shows students some faster, better ways of writing a variety of different assignments and getting good grades on them. The book is broken up into five sections. The first covers compositions and gives tips and guidelines for pre-writing; argumentative, descriptive, and explanatory writing; editing; style; and more. The second covers writing about complex subjects and instructs students how to write in the fields of business, science, technology, statistics, and public finance. Not just writing techniques are included here, it also touches on key information you need to know about these areas in order to write about them effectively. The third deals with the term paper and highlights the Internet's best research sources; discusses format and organization; covers preparing tables, graphs, and other illustrations; and more. The final section focuses primarily on college admission essays and how to write the perfect kind of essay that colleges are looking for. While the text instructs, it has a nice, conversational flow to it and uses examples of both good and bad writing. No real exercises are given; the book simply prompts students to apply the tips to papers they are assigned in other classes. This is a perfect book for a competent writer who wants to become more advanced and prepared for college, and it is a great reference tool on organizing and presenting material. Note: This is the 4th edition of the book formerly titled How to Write Themes and Term Papers. 318 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 047521
    ISBN: 9780470461327
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    What is the most helpful thing for students trying to master the skills needed for effective writing? Practice – clearly defined, skill building practice that relates directly to the areas that students need to focus on. Organized alphabetically, it can be used easily for specific skill training, or students can work from one end to the other for complete writing enhancement. Each lesson begins with a definition of the skill, includes an example of it being put to use, and ends with some activities like answering questions about the example, short writing exercises, or writing paragraphs, passages, or essays of their own. The 181 lessons cover types of writing, writing constructs, and literary terms. A useful tool to round out any English program.

  • Item #: 057799
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    Little hands sometimes need a little extra help to get strong and develop their fine motor skills that are so important for grasping and writing. This set of 4 tools is made of durable plastic and make development fun. There is a Gator Grabber that grabs and sorts objects and develops grasping muscles; the Twisty Dropper is great for water-play fun and strengthens muscles in the hands and fingers; Handy Scooper works well in sand and water play working on pre-scissor development; and Squeezy Tweezer can be used to pick up tiny items (beads, beans, buttons, etc.) and helps to develop hand-eye coordination. When I taught preschool we used household items like tweezers and salad tongs to develop these skills, but now you have a colorful, playful option for your young learners. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 030982
    ISBN: 9780972026543
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    This 12 ¼" x 9" binder provides you with a handy place to record the chronology of history from 5000 B.C. to today. Beginning in 5000 B.C. each sturdy page holds a bold horizontal line across the middle of the page representing 1000 years. The span of time on each page quickly decreases to only 50 years by 650 B.C. and then slowly fluctuates from between 100-5 years on each page from 0 A.D. to the present, varying to allow all major events and figures to be marked. At least one year is marked on every page below the timeline in order to provide you with markers, and quotes from people throughout history adorn the top or bottom of every couple pages. Following the 112 timeline pages are 17 blank maps of ancient times and the world today. This book is nicely packaged in a 3-ring binder, allowing you to easily flip through the pages and view specific dates. You may easily use this record for writing or drawing in events and people yourself as you study, or see above for accompanying timeline packets. ~ Steph