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  • Item #: 042780
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  • Item #: 003786
    ISBN: 9781888344103
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    You'll probably begin here if your student is in grades 3-7 and just starting the program.

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    ISBN: 9781933339733
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    ISBN: 9780838826294
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  • Item #: 005182
    ISBN: 9781888344097
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    Use after Writing Strands 3. You might start here if your 6+ grader likes to write.

  • Item #: 003862
    ISBN: 9780769652832
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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 #: 026340
    ISBN: 9780838860434
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    It's a spelling dictionary young writers expand upon as they learn new words. The entry for each letter starts off with a list of words and is followed by a number of empty columns (3 pages of columns is the most for any one letter) where students can write other words they want to be able to reference in the future. Columns are also included for listing colors, family, friends, classmates, and pets; and some other lists provided are days of the week, months of the year, contractions, numbers, and ordinals. A Teacher's Guide is also available, which shows teachers or parents how to get the most out of the student book. Detailed teaching suggestions are given, along with ten blackline master activity sheets and a progress tracker to assess the improvement students are making. ~ Zach
  • Item #: 003014
    ISBN: 9780964904217
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    Given a choice between writing a fictional story and an essay, I would much rather write a story. But in high school, learning to write essays and compositions is a necessity. The author of Fairview's Guide to Composition and Essay Writing believes that essays and compositions are creative papers, too, and that students should regard them as such, using illustrative and detailed sentences to improve appeal. The book opens with "The Big Picture." Here students are encouraged to start a reading journal and seek out different types and styles of essays from different writers, both modern and classical. Then the book introduces students to the "Golden Rules" of writing, providing them with short samples to revise using these rules. In the following lesson, students focus on style, tone and audience. Then comes an extremely helpful lesson where a lot of people choke: introductions and conclusions. The rest of the chapter works on paragraphs, brainstorming, and drafting. The next section is "Sentence Fluidity." Here students first identify and revise awkward sentences. Then they are shown the differences between writing and speaking, which helps to eliminate frequently used words or word patterns. Next they are helped to choose better words to be more descriptive and precise. They also learn the importance of quotes and how to use them. The third section is devoted to sentence combining, and the use of clauses and phrases that aid in combining sentences. The final section is "Essay Writing," which by now students are well prepared for. First they write a persuasive essay, taking a stand for something they feel strongly about. It takes them through the usual steps: finding a topic, developing it, gathering information, interviews, statistics, then actually writing the paper. The next assignment is a compare and contrast paper. Then comes a personal essay. Here students are aided by advice and warm-ups. The final essay is "The Mock Essay," which is an imitation essay of another writer. Each essay is further explained by a 3-5 page sample essay. Answers are included. When the time comes to write an essay, there is now no need to panic. - Melissa

  • Item #: 012457
    ISBN: 9780838820520
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  • Item #: 041008
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    Grades 3-12. A file folder containing the following: printed on the front cover is a list of correction symbols for revising and proofreading; printed on the inside front is list space for the student's different pieces of writing; printed on the inside back is a final portfolio selection outline; and printed on the back cover is a list of writing modes, key traits of successful writing, and a writer's vocabulary checklist.

  • Item #: 218370
    ISBN: 9781591663676
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    ISBN: 9781591663638
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  • 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 #: 031442
    ISBN: 9781438007847
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    If you have a student who thinks writing is painful, maybe they would benefit from the tips in this friendly, laid-back book. Rather than starting from the very beginning, this book offers a handful of strategies to improve writing by targeting some common problems. Nine chapters written directly to the student focus on cleaning up preposition clutter, enlivening your writing, silencing the passive voice, reducing nominalizations and activating your writing, smoothing out your writing, harnessing the power of the comma, adding rhythm, spotting gremlins in your writing, and creating a template for term papers. Within each of these chapters, helpful and conversational text helps students spot these potential weaknesses and offers practical advice for correcting each problem. Short exercises called "Brain Ticklers" give students the opportunity to put their newfound knowledge to use cleaning up poorly written sentences. Learning to avoid these pitfalls will go a long way in improving students' term papers, essays, and other writing assignments, and hopefully, it will also give them confidence that the writing process won't be painful. 261 pgs. – Melissa

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    ISBN: 9781933339313
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  • 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 #: 227157
    ISBN: 9781591664581
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    ISBN: 9781483814551
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  • 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

     

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    ISBN: 9781609631703
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  • Item #: 008535
    ISBN: 9781933339740
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    Reviews the skills developed in Levels 1 & 2. Covers independent cross-curricular compositions in the following subject areas: history (significance, cause/effect); literature (fiction, poetry, comparing fiction & poetry, research writing, literary criticism); and science (cause/effect, analysis/review) as well as movie review, place description, chronological narrative, and classic essay.

  • Item #: 061874
    ISBN: 9780996215954
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  • Item #: 007020
    ISBN: 9781557998026
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    This workbook includes everything you need to take your child from inspiration to publication. It is creatively divided into seven parts, and each section provides great instructions and insight for you and fun reproducible worksheets for your children. Part 1 of the workbook walks you through the writing process - prewriting, drafting, responding, revising, editing, rewriting, and publishing. Part 2 teaches your children learn the parts of the story - characters, setting, plot, and conclusion. Part 3 helps your children write a story step-by-step (several story planning forms are provided). Part 4 introduces different genres of writing, such as realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, adventure, fantasy, and science fiction. Part 5 provides forms for your children to write and illustrate as they work on the final copy of their stories. Part 6 will help your child publish their first book as they create a cover and include a title page, a dedication page, and a section about the author. The last section gives you ideas and instructions for setting up a writing and publishing center of your own. Answers for the worksheets that have "right" or "wrong" answers are not provided; however, the correct answers are very apparent. Most of the worksheets have questions that prompt creative writing. Set your expectations and grade accordingly. Black-and-white text and illustrations fill the pages of this 96-page, paperback workbook that will help your budding novelist become a confident storyteller in no time! - elise

  • Item #: 061876
    ISBN: 9780996215947
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  • 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 #: 218396
    ISBN: 9781591663706
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