Writing & Rhetoric Book 2: Narrative 1 Student Edition

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Item #: 010228
ISBN: 9781600512186
Grades: 3-5

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Publisher: Classical Academic Press

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Great program if you take your time
My son and I loved Book 1: Fable, so we happily continued into Book 2: Narrative I. When I cracked open the Teacher's Edition, I thought, "Interesting...there are only 10 lessons."

Now that we are nearing the end of Book 2, I think CAP was wise to limit the book to 10 lessons. Book 2 requires more "original" writing than Book 1: Fable, so my son needed more time to complete each lesson. I would throw the "Typical Teaching Week" out the window (and homeschool moms are generally pretty good at that) and use observation to guide how many days you allot for writing.

Changes from Book 1:
The reading passages (parables and myths) are longer with more advanced vocabulary and proper nouns. It's probably a good idea to read through the passage to determine pronunciations before doing the lesson. I tended to do no preparation with Book 1.
The "Go Deeper" sections are longer, with more questions and even a written component most lessons.
The "Writing Time" changes focus from substitutionary writing to more original writing. In Book 1, the student works on summarizing, expanding, and amplifying. For Book 2, they start with having the student identify the Beginning, Middle, and End of a story. The writing components then have the students amplify with extra description or dialogue, changing the point-of-view, or inserting a new section to the middle or end of the passage. Some lessons have 2 large writing components.

We are in the midst of Lesson 10, the final lesson. My son has been working on it for 2 weeks already. There are 3 stories to amplify, and well...it's just taking a while.

I started using some IEW material for my daughter (1st grade, Bible Heroes) and decided to apply the key-word-outline to this program. I sat with my son, talked through his ideas, helped him structure a KWO to structure the paragraphs, and instructed him to use the KWO to write his paragraphs. This really helped him keep track of his ideas, while also preventing some run on sentence problems.

I still love this program and we will continue using it to inspire imagination in writing. At the same time, I'm not sure that it is totally complete as a writing program. The word play is fantastic, yet the program has weaknesses since it does not teach how to structure writing or writing mechanics.

It would be wise to require some outlining, drafts, and then writing a final copy if you notice your student is taking a really long time completing their paragraphs. While it may seem like you are adding work, I think taking that extra time to help them develop their structure will save them time in the long run.

My son is a late-birthday 3rd grader. If I had to do the program again, I would space out the lessons and teach some structure and mechanics in-between lessons. The program is designed for "one semester". That might be possible for a 4th grader who really loves writing. Because W&R: Narrative I is not a complete Language Arts curriculum, I hesitate to say it is definitely a 1 semester program. I could easily see using this over an entire year, 1 lesson a month while inserting other writing assignments in between.
May 25, 2016
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I have nearly finished going through book 1 with my 9 year old daughter and am getting ready to order book 2 We both love this program! Each lesson is completed over a period of about a week and covers all aspects of writing In book 1 Fable each lesson begins with a fable After reading the brief story the child narrates it back This is followed by comprehension vocabulary lessons rewriting a portion of the story by changing various words identifying parts of speech and learning to summarize or expand the story Sometimes the student is even asked to rewrite the story using different animals One of the strengths of this series is that the child is given good material to model and work with rather than having to construct their writing from a mere idea or from scratch On days when my daughter is not as much up to the task of writing I allow her to dictate her story to me while I write it on a separate piece of paper so that she can copy it into her book later In this way she can get her thoughts out without being encumbered by the tasks of handwriting and spelling We always end with her correcting her own spelling and punctuation after the story has been written down I really like that the lessons are laid out in the teacher's manual and are ready to go Many of the exercises can be completed independently or given orally to me if I am involved in something else The lessons dovetail well with our grammar lessons and teach much about the elements of a story as well The fables have strong moral content and often serve as a launch pad into discussion of good character and virtue Originally I was hoping to wing it without a teacher's edition but after receiving the student edition I realized that the teacher's edition contained not only specific answers and suggested responses but the dictation passages for the lessons as well In my opinion it is worth the cost to purchase both I believe that my 9 year old will be well beyond her where her siblings were as she moves on through middle and high school thanks to this program
February 27, 2015
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Good variety in exercises. Covers copywork, dictation, vocabulary, amplification, summarization, and beginning of outlining.
Darcie D on Aug 1, 2018
for a co-op class
Traci P on Jul 13, 2018
Good variety in exercises. Covers copywork, dictation, vocabulary, amplification, summarization, and beginning of outlining.
Darcie D on Aug 1, 2018
we are using this book in our homeschool co-op
Tana P on Jul 27, 2018
for a co-op class
Traci P on Jul 13, 2018
Recommended by a friend for homeschooling
Elizabeth G on Jul 11, 2018
recommended by a friend for homeschooling
Tiffany S on Nov 6, 2017
We loved book 1, so we're sticking with what's working!
Esther on Dec 29, 2016
CoOp Tutor requires this for her class.
Andrew S on Sep 1, 2016
It is simple to follow for teacher and student. Classical method but Charlotte Mason friendly. Solid foundation.
jennifer d on Aug 24, 2016
required for Classical Education co-op
Christine D on Aug 22, 2016
Great book on writing. Systematic and manageable.
Jonathan H on Jul 18, 2016
Recommended by a friend.
Laura P on May 23, 2016
I used the first book and LOVED it!!
User on Feb 18, 2016
My two girls, one a reluctant writer and one who will ramble on for pages, both love this curriculum. It encourages my reluctant one by showing her how to write and helps my eager writer to write more clearly. We look forward to writing every day!
Sharon P on Feb 5, 2016
I really liked the first Fable book for my 8yo. He finds dictation and copywork arduous so I was looking for a curriculum with a bit more variety in the exercises. He loves to amplify and retell the stories.
Darcie D on Jan 2, 2016
We've used W&R Book 1 in the past (with a different child) and I just think this is the best route to go for writing curriculum for my 4th grader at this time.
Kara B on Nov 26, 2015
we are using this book in our homeschool co-op
Tana P on Jul 27, 2018
Recommended by a friend for homeschooling
Elizabeth G on Jul 11, 2018
i have a 3rd grader what book should i start with?
A shopper on Aug 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: My third grader started with book one. It was a good intro to the series. We moved pretty quickly through it. She liked all of the fables. I started my son late in this series, 6th grade, because i didn't know about it sooner. We did bk 1, too. I think it is a fun and less intimidating way to start writing (from someone with a writer and a nonwriter!).
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