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What do Character Quality Language Arts (CQLA) and Meaningful Composition have in common? Basically, one is a subset of the other. As we’ve described elsewhere in this catalogue, CQLA is a comprehensive and thoroughly integrated curriculum that covers spelling, grammar, composition, reading comprehension, and vocabulary within the context of a character quality study – all assignments interwoven both as to language arts skills and the designated character quality. But suppose you want that type of writing instruction but already have other aspects of language arts covered. Meaningful Composition is the answer. This is a “pull-out program”, meaning that the composition assignments have been pulled out of CQLA, grouped according to skill development and grade level and wrapped up tidily in an easy-to-use package.

Meaningful Composition utilizes the Directed Writing Approach. This means that the student is carefully and thoughtfully led through a sequenced development of writing skills one manageable step at a time with the ultimate goal of growing an independent, competent communicator. In other words there is no guesswork about what, how many (words, sentences, paragraphs, etc.), or how the student is to write. Instruction is written directly to the student sometimes with questions to answer or exercises to work (the book is a consumable worktext) and sometimes through very specific writing assignments (compiled into a separate notebook). Answer keys when appropriate are provided in an appendix.

Each course has two levels – basic and extensions – providing two different skill levels of writing and revising. Books 4+, 6+, and 8+ are grade level appropriate but would also provide strong remediation courses to use with a student whose writing skills are limited. Designed as semester courses, they can be used either as stand-alone English for a student who has mastered spelling & vocabulary study and has a fundamental knowledge of grammar (he’ll get some grammar – particularly usage-based in MC) or it can be combined with another grammar program. Books are designated as either first semester (I) or second semester (II), each having 18 weeks of assignments (five per week).

Although there is virtually no prep for the teacher, the teacher does need to be an active participant in the learning process. Books 6+ and 8+ require the teacher to meet with the student weekly (one or two 1-hour meetings) to discuss the assignments, introduce outlining techniques, check the student’s rough draft, review the Checklist Challenge, and grade final compositions. Students are expected to spend an additional 45-60 minutes a day for 3-4 days a week working by himself. Time and teacher involvement will vary in the other courses but 4+ also requires active teacher involvement.

The appendices are helpful – editing and revising marks, answer keys, grammar cards, information on KWOs, plagiarism and passages, and fourteen week lesson plans for co-ops and small group usage. All books are coil-bound with plastic covers. ~ Janice

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Meaningful Composition 12 ( I ) : The Research Paper

Meaningful Composition 12 ( I ) : The Research Paper
Item #: 045315
Grade: 12
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Meaningful Composition 4 ( II ): Put Those Paragraphs Together

Meaningful Composition 4 ( II ): Put Those Paragraphs Together
Item #: 045316
Grade: 4
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Meaningful Composition 4+: Sentences, Paragraphs, and More

Meaningful Composition 4+: Sentences, Paragraphs, and More
Item #: 045317
Grades: 4-6
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Meaningful Composition 5 ( II ): Creative and Clever

Meaningful Composition 5 ( II ): Creative and Clever
Item #: 045318
Grade: 5
Publisher Backorder: due 06/25/2014
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Meaningful Composition 6+: Long and Strong

Meaningful Composition 6+: Long and Strong
Item #: 045319
Grades: 6-9
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Meaningful Composition 7 (I): Reports and Essays Galore

Meaningful Composition 7 (I): Reports and Essays Galore
Item #: 048615
Grade: 7
Publisher Backorder: due 06/01/2014
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Meaningful Composition 7 (II): Completely Creative

Meaningful Composition 7 (II): Completely Creative
Item #: 048616
Grade: 7
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Meaningful Composition 8 (II): Still Bridging the Gap (Writing for High School)

Meaningful Composition 8 (II): Still Bridging the Gap (Writing for High School)
Item #: 048617
Grade: 8
Publisher Backorder: due 07/07/2014
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Meaningful Composition 9 ( I ): Research Reports

Meaningful Composition 9 ( I ): Research Reports
Item #: 045320
Grade: 9
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Meaningful Composition Book 5 ( I ): Writing For Real

Meaningful Composition Book 5 ( I ): Writing For Real
Item #: 045731
Grade: 5
Publisher Backorder: due 06/25/2014
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Meaningful Composition Book 8+: Bridging the Gap

Meaningful Composition Book 8+: Bridging the Gap
Item #: 045321
Grades: 8-10
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Meaningful Compositn Bonus Book: SAT Essays..

Meaningful Compositn Bonus Book: SAT Essays..
Item #: 006401
Grades: 9-12
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