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  • Item #: 032557
    ISBN: 9781623412685
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    ISBN: 9781623412661
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  • Item #: 004017
    ISBN: 9780446370295
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    A massive 1,361-page tome which includes more than 1,500,000 words. At our house, this 3 1/4 pound reference comes in handy all year as the children use it for their schoolwork, but gets a real workout when we're writing descriptions for our catalog. Paperback.

  • Item #: 017728
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  • Item #: 036000
    ISBN: 9781623412302
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    ISBN: 9781623412326
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    ISBN: 9781623412678
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    ISBN: 9781623412319
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  • Item #: 054172
    ISBN: 9781623410414
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    It seems I'm part of a growing number of people who prefer to purchase a hardcopy book rather than rely on downloading and printing. If you're with me, you'll be glad to know that IEW has started publishing this notebook (long available as a free download to those who have purchased their courses). Used as a resource for all of their theme-based writing lessons, it's also a good reference for any student using the IEW method of writing. Included are reference pages for stylistic techniques, models of structure, strong verbs, -ly words, quality adjectives, five senses/emotions, decorations, transitional words/phrases, grammar rules, and charts/checklists. Spiral-bound with updated layout for 2016. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 046917
    ISBN: 9780980100532
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    The IEW writing lessons are an excellent way to augment learning in one area – in this instance economics. There are 23 lessons covering the skills in all nine units at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Lesson material includes economic principles and theory, business practices, and entrepreneurialism with both U.S. and International scenarios. Teacher and student material is in one book. ~ 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 #: 037559
    ISBN: 9780984549627
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    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 (there's a book and movie resource list in the back). Either way you'll 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. Please note there is Christian content. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 040045
    ISBN: 9780825159046
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    Not really a "grabber" title, huh? What if I explained instead that these books offer students the opportunity to ponder historical issues in light of relevant historical documents and to then write an informed essay that answers that issue? Well, it still might not excite most students, but wow, what a great way to add a critical thinking and writing component to your study of American history! Each level contains 20-22 "Document-Based Questions" (or DBQs) to study, spanning American history from European exploration to the present time. Each DBQ lesson is titled with a question or issue and follows a similar format. The lesson begins with historical background on the issue, followed by a series of suggested steps for the student to use as they work their way through the lesson. In Part A, introductory and explanatory text surrounds excerpts from primary or secondary historical documents, with one or two questions following each excerpt. Documents may be letters, speeches, books written around the time of the issue, or secondary source documents from historians who have examined the documents and come to their own conclusions. The questions require the student to draw from the short excerpt and begin thinking about the issues. By the end of Part A, they have read several different excerpts and have seen multiple sides and viewpoints to the issue. At this point they're ready for Part B, the essay portion. Here they are expected to write an essay answering the lesson's question or issue by using what they have learned and supporting their opinions from the documents. A grading key at the end of the book offers answers for the questions, sample essays for each DBQ, and teacher comments.

    Historical issues examined in the High School book include economic opportunities in the Colonies, growth of political parties, antebellum reforms, progressivism, clash of cultures in the 1920s, the civil rights movement, the separation of church and state, and more. Middle school issues include the motivation of Europeans to explore America, causes of the American Revolution, Indian removal, reconstruction, the New Deal, immigration, costs and benefits of winning WWII, and what our future will be like. Some of the same topics are found in both levels, although the level of coverage is different. This series is from a secular publisher, so you will not find much religious content, and you will find some more "politically correct" flavoring. On the other hand, much of the book is open-ended, and essays are more likely to be graded on structure and organization than on personal opinion! Whether you're a secular homeschooler, you enjoy exploring issues and debates, or if you can overlook the statements you may not agree with, these lessons offer a great opportunity for historical analysis and writing that would make a beneficial supplement to any U.S. history program. – Jess

  • Item #: 047088
    ISBN: 9780983528173
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     Ocean Adventures combines loads of fun science exploration with writing a good story. Over the 12 lessons, add your own interests and imagination to the question prompts that teach you how to develop characters and more. Your story is finished at this point, and now you get to write the final draft on the lined pages in the back that have cartoon sea life borders you can color. There is even a cover page for you and some resource pages with animal facts you can use to begin your research. 

  • Item #: 033849
    ISBN: 9781623412470
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  • Item #: 041246
    ISBN: 9781623412487
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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 #: 068568
    ISBN: 9781623412722
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  • Item #: 068555
    ISBN: 9781623412494
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  • Item #: 068566
    ISBN: 9781623412715
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  • Item #: 051639
    ISBN: 9781623412050
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    Writing and boys often don't go together but technology and boys? That's a different story. These writing lessons will be right up your tech-y kid's alley – and girls are not excluded. The 30 lessons cover material like touchscreens, lasers, radar, iPods in the military, and much more. At the same time, they manage to cover all nine IEW units. Instruction, source texts, analysis, assignments, and checklists are all in one book which is designed to be used by students and teachers together. Reprinted with a new cover in 2015. 116 pgs, spiral-bound ~ Janice

  • Item #: 040662
    ISBN: 9780880620734
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    If you're a Christian homeschooler, you've probably struggled at one time or another with presenting a biblical sequence of history to your children. It's often easy to just skip over the evolutionary content that prefaces most world history books, but it's not so easy to estimate biblical dates for early historical events to make them fit into a biblically-based history. Fortunately for us, Ruth Beechick has also struggled with this issue, and this book is the result of her extensive studies. It is intended to provide what she sees as "the best and most biblical view of world history" in a brief course for teens, adults, and even young students. Five chapters cover early times, the kingdom of Israel, Gentile kingdoms, the kingdom of Christ (present day), and dating systems. For the most part, the emphasis is on ancient history, and so we begin in Genesis working our way from Creation through the Flood and beyond. The chapters rely heavily on excerpts from the Bible as the primary text, although the chapter on Gentile kingdoms has brief summaries of each civilization. Coverage is not deep here; rather the intention is to provide students a framework into which they can fit the rest of their world history studies. The author recommends taking time out from a current history program to do this study, as students (and teacher!) will have a much better frame of reference once they have completed it. Although the book could be used with a single student, it would also work well with students at different levels or as a whole family study. The reading level is fairly low, and the assignments are open-ended enough that young and old students can do them to the best of their own ability. Ruth Beechick provides plenty of helpful information for the teacher too, including how to best work through each chapter with students. The book is fairly short (only 121 pages) and is divided into 42 sub-sections; if one section is completed daily, the book will only take two or three months to finish. Each subsection includes directions, questions for discussion (which could be posed before or after the reading), text and/or Bible verses, and notebook assignments. The notebook assignments typically consist of writing brief "statements" about the lesson or short writing assignments based on the lesson. These are then compiled into a notebook during the study. At the end of the book you'll find sample answers, an annotated bibliography, and an index. What a great study to start off your year, especially if you will be using some secular history resources! pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 060817
    ISBN: 9781601442420
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    Continuing the successful "detective" series from The Critical Thinking Company, the U.S. History Detective book can be used as a supplement to any history program, as a review course, or as a stand-alone text. The goal of this text is to encourage and develop critical thinking, analysis, and reading comprehension through the study of U.S. history. Book one covers the span from Colonial Times to the Reconstruction after the Civil War. Each lesson includes an informative text where each sentence is clearly numbered for easy reference. Colorful pictures, maps and timelines illustrate the text throughout. The question section in each lesson requires students to support their answers with specific references back to the text (hence the numbered sentences). This helps students get into the practice of providing supporting evidence for answers rather than relying simply on recall information. The various questions in each lesson will give students the opportunity to make inferences and draw conclusions based on their evaluation of the text, distinguish between fact and opinion, understand historical chronology, expand their vocabulary, link history with geography, and practice answering analytical essay questions. There are 65 lessons grouped into 9 sections. There are also more than 20 reviews throughout the book and answers to all lessons and reviews are included. This is a consumable book and permission is given to make copies for home or classroom use. – Zach
  • Item #: 023582
    ISBN: 9781623412944
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  • Item #: 027130
    ISBN: 9781118024317
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    Teaching children to write can be accomplished through many of the curricula in this catalog. But how do you encourage a passion for writing? All children are not created equal-what inspires one child may not excite the next. Yet all children are capable of great writing, and this book has been written to create a passion for writing in all elementary students.

    Based on the successful 826 system, this book provides 50 creative writing lessons that parents, teachers and tutors will find easy to implement in their classroom, homeschool room or co-op. The rigorous writing lessons are a compilation of successful lessons utilized in the 826 National Writing Centers and cover topics such as tragic love tales, writing for pets, make believe science, space exploration (meet an alien!), a fairy tale do-over, writing jokes and riddles, using picture prompts, create your own mad-libs, how to be a detective, create your own country, poetry and much more! The lessons will take 1 -2 hours to complete, are adaptable for multi-ages and contain all of the instructions and tips necessary for teaching success. Also included are evaluation rubrics, handouts and common core correlations for those seeking to meet CCSS. An excellent resource to bring fresh enthusiasm to your student's writing assignments. PB. 257 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 023581
    ISBN: 9781623412951
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  • Item #: 068567
    ISBN: 9781623412739
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  • Item #: 051638
    ISBN: 9780984010875
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    IEW units-based writing lessons using the Holling C. Holling books and Beautiful Feet's Literature Approach to Geography as source texts. An excellent way to extend the cross-curriculum value of this study. Spiral-bound, ~ 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 #: 039357
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      Written for homeschoolers by Rebecca Celsor, The Write Foundation Level 1 Sentence to Paragraph curriculum is not flashy but is certainly deep and incorporates biblical content. Lessons give step-by-step teaching instruction which help you teach your student how to be an independent writer. Emphasis is placed on the writing process, writing structure, and word usage (basic grammar and figures of speech). This level quickly advances from writing descriptive sentences to writing creative and informative paragraphs by teaching how to use the fundamentals of brainstorming, outlining, drafting and editing. Originally these lessons were designed for those who struggle with or dislike writing but this program works well for all students.  This curriculum can easily be used with 1-2 students or in a co-op setting.

      The basic daily lesson format is organized into 3 main areas: sentence structure (practicing grammar, developing sentences, vocabulary and figures of speech); paragraph and essay writing; and poetry instruction (to build vocabulary, grammar, and figures of speech within writing instruction context). The course provides 30 lessons guiding the student from sentence writing to 2-paragraph writings. Two schedules (5-day or 10-day per lesson options, from 30 min to 1.5 hours daily) complete the course in either one or two years.


      The teacher and students are equally engaged in the step-by-step process. All information needed to present each lesson is provided in the spiral teacher instruction manuals which include teaching instructions and Teacher Presentations (TP) which are examples and suggestions to help present the lessons. During the lesson, students discuss ideas with the teacher as the teacher models and highlights items using the Teacher Presentation (TP) information and student input while students copy and highlight on worksheets. Students practice grammar skills through sentence and poetry writing practice and through parts of speech games. The course includes poetry writing as a method of mastering language skills. Literature reading is also strongly recommended. Students choose from a provided list of books with pre-assigned points from 4 to 24 (based on challenge level); students read a minimum of 48 points worth per semester. This system provides variety and encourages students to read frequently. A final recommended component is Mind Benders Book 3 (#003026) to be used to train students to think logically.

      The driving force of the course is contained in the two spiral-bound Teacher Instruction manuals. Teaching instructions and Teacher Presentation (TP) information of examples and suggestions needed to present the lessons, is provided in the spiral-bound Teacher Instruction manuals. The instructions and Teacher Presentation information (TP) in the lessons guide you step-by-step in the daily lessons and show examples and suggestions for the materials discussed. The teaching format is more of a traditional teacher-guiding-the-students format. You, the teacher, will guide the discussion about different writing skills: sentence writing, paragraph writing, and poetry writing. As the students brainstorm or suggest possible answers, you explain the lesson material visually by writing possible answers on a white board or paper while students copy onto the student worksheets. The program allows flexibility. Also, optional technology is provided in the Digital Additional Resources to present each lesson on the computer. The online TP files are interactive, allowing the teacher to type information directly onto the daily lesson's Teacher Presentation (TP) on the computer as the teacher and student discuss and the student copies onto the student worksheets (WS). This original “tech design” requires a computer with Adobe Reader. Internet and Adobe Reader are required to access the digital daily Teacher Presentation (TP) pages. Not techie? Don’t be dismayed! This element is not required or even necessary to teach the course in either a co-op or a typical home setting: good ol’ paper or white board will suffice. With purchase of this product, you'll receive access to the digital and interactive resources through the publisher, The Write Foundation. If you desire the digital full-page Teacher Presentation (TP) lesson materials for teaching using the computer, this material must be downloaded from the publisher. Information is included in the Printed Additional Resources on how to get the Digital Additional Resources. The instructions also give you good direction in grading. Grading rubrics are provided for all student assignments.  A thorough explanation of grading, rubrics for each of the 29 lessons, rubrics for poetry, and how to compile a final grade is provided. The course grade will consist of three portions: composition, poetry, and literature. However, the publisher states that other books could be substituted.

      With this writing curriculum you'll receive one (1) set of student worksheets, two spiral bound Teacher Instructions (Lessons 1-15 and Lessons 16-30), and some Printed Additional Resources. Consumable Student Worksheets (about 230 pages) for one student come printed on 3-hole punched paper to be stored in a 3-ring binder (not provided). More student worksheets may be purchased on TheWriteFoundation.org for multiple students. Directions to more educational games and grading rubrics are included in the Printed Additional Resources. Students will also need a thesaurus, dictionary and highlighters in 6 different colors (pink, blue, yellow, green, orange, and purple). A list of student materials is provided in the Printed Additional Resources. ~ Ruth

     

  • Item #: 042555
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    With the word "progymnasmata" showing up here and there, homeschoolers are becoming familiar with this collection of rhetorical exercises that has endured with success within the Western Tradition. This was the classical Greek method of building up the student's reasoning and articulation skills through a series of interrelated, rhetorical exercises. Learning to write and speak more persuasively is a worthwhile investment of time and energy for the advanced student who already has a firm grasp of grammar. This series of 31 lessons is a teacher-oriented collection of lessons that the teacher can use to help teach rhetoric. It's not a workbook intended to teach the student rhetoric. A model check sheet is provided to help with grading. Please note there is Christian content. ~ Janice