Essentials in Writing Level 7 Bundle (Textbook, Teacher Handbook and Online Video Subscription) 2nd Ed.

Essentials in Writing Level 7 Bundle (Textbook, Teacher Handbook and Online Video Subscription) 2nd Ed.

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Grades: 7
Note: Subscription emailed from publisher in 14 business days at this time. (Sept 2022) Returnable only if not activated.

Product Description:

The Level 7 Bundle with Assessment includes a printed Textbook, Teacher Handbook, Assessment/Resource booklet, and access to an account through the publisher which includes online video and the PDFs of Textbook and Teacher books. Physical books will be shipped with your order, and information on accessing online materials will be emailed to you from Essentials in Writing within 1-3 business days.

Publisher Description:

This homeschool writing curriculum features a slow, systematic approach for seventh grade students, aged 12 to 13, to learn to write well. The step-by-step approach allows students to focus on small, daily assignments, so they don’t feel overwhelmed and retain the information.

Includes: Printed Textbook, Printed Teacher Handbook, Online Textbook, Online Teacher Handbook, and Online Video Subscription. The 12-month online video lesson access comes with free renewals, free customer service and teacher support.



Category Description for Essentials in Writing Level 7:

Looking for a complete English course for all grade levels that is well organized, thorough in explanation, effective in teaching and easy to use in a homeschool or group setting? Then consider Essentials in Writing! Video instructor Matthew Stephens taught English at the elementary and high school levels for years, and he used his experience to good effect in authoring this course.

Video lessons featuring Mr. Stephens are the essence of the course, with supporting workbook activities as follow-up. Mr. Stephens is doing the heavy lifting of presenting and explaining the material, leaving only clarification and follow-up questions to the home instructor. Lessons are presented in bite-sized chunks, so each day’s lesson features one main point. The quality of the video and audio is good, showing Mr. Stephens teaching in front of a classroom on a white board. For younger grades, the teacher and student would watch the videos together, then discuss to make sure that the student grasps the main ideas of the presentation. Students at more advanced grades can watch the videos on their own (as the instruction is always directed to the student), leaving only follow-up discussion of the material and assignment to the teacher. Of course, the instructor should preview the video material to ensure knowledge of the material and consistency of approach in working with the student.

Lesson lengths are age appropriate. Grades 1 and 2 average 15 to 20 minutes total, including about 3 minutes of video presentation. By grades 6 to 12, lesson length totals 20 to 40 minutes, with 7 minutes of video presentation. Material covered is also age appropriate and features a building block approach. While not a learning-to-read phonics program, Level 1 begins with reviewing letters and sounds and progresses to using letters to make words and words to make sentences. Grammar is taught in context, not in isolation, so the grammar instruction is more likely to stick. Mr. Stephens believes that the program covers grammar sufficiently, but if you want to cover sentence diagramming, a separate course would be necessary. Spelling is not covered in the course; All About Spelling is the recommended course. By Levels 8 to 12, the focus is sentence and paragraph structure as used in essays, research papers and personal and business letters.

The workbook coordinates with the video lessons. Ideally, the student and teacher would look at the worksheet before viewing the video for that day’s lesson. Worksheets are used sequentially with some lessons being completed in one day and some being split into multiple days (for instance, Lesson 1A, 1B, 1C). Grade 3 will take from 100 to 110 lessons to complete, while Grades 5 to 12 will take 125 to 140. Scheduling is simple – just play the DVD for the next lesson in the workbook. Worksheet clarity is good; the examples and directions are clear and the assignment is focused on the topic at hand. Grading is made easier with checklists and scoring guides included right in the lesson and an answer key to specific exercises included in the back of the workbook. For those wanting more comfort that their student is learning the material, an assessment/resource booklet is now available for Levels 6, 7, and 8. This consists of 26 assessments and 2 comprehensive assessments. The resource part of the book consists of a few pages of word choice lists for improving writing interest, writing checklists, writing organization tools and answer key to the assessments.

Mr. Stephens, a Christian, taught in the public schools, so he designed this course to be used in either a secular or Christian environment. The courses were put together before Common Core came along and no effort has been made to make them compatible with Common Core. I believe that Mr. Stephens has given us a course that is easy to implement, with an effective teaching style, at an affordable price. ~ Bob


Category Description for Essentials in Writing:

Please note it may take up to 14 business days for an online profile to be set up once Essentials in Writing receives your email request. Looking for a complete English course for all grade levels that is well organized, thorough in explanation, effective in teaching and easy to use in a homeschool or group setting? Then consider Essentials in Writing! Video instructor Matthew Stephens taught English at the elementary and high school levels for years, and he used his experience to good effect in authoring this course.

Video lessons featuring Mr. Stephens are the essence of the course, with supporting workbook activities as follow-up. Mr. Stephens is doing the heavy lifting of presenting and explaining the material, leaving only clarification and follow-up questions to the home instructor. Lessons are presented in bite-sized chunks, so each day’s lesson features one main point. The quality of the video and audio is good, showing Mr. Stephens teaching in front of a classroom on a white board. For younger grades, the teacher and student would watch the videos together, then discuss to make sure that the student grasps the main ideas of the presentation. Students at more advanced grades can watch the videos on their own (as the instruction is always directed to the student), leaving only follow-up discussion of the material and assignment to the teacher. Of course, the instructor should preview the video material to ensure knowledge of the material and consistency of approach in working with the student.

Lesson lengths are age appropriate. Grades 1 and 2 average 15 to 20 minutes total, including about 3 minutes of video presentation. By grades 6 to 12, lesson length totals 20 to 40 minutes, with 7 minutes of video presentation. Material covered is also age appropriate and features a building block approach. While not a learning-to-read phonics program, Level 1 begins with reviewing letters and sounds and progresses to using letters to make words and words to make sentences. Grammar is taught in context, not in isolation, so the grammar instruction is more likely to stick. Mr. Stephens believes that the program covers grammar sufficiently, but if you want to cover sentence diagramming, a separate course would be necessary. Spelling is not covered in the course; All About Spelling is the recommended course. By Levels 8 to 12, the focus is sentence and paragraph structure as used in essays, research papers and personal and business letters.

The workbook coordinates with the video lessons. Ideally, the student and teacher would look at the worksheet before viewing the video for that day’s lesson. Worksheets are used sequentially with some lessons being completed in one day and some being split into multiple days (for instance, Lesson 1A, 1B, 1C). Grade 3 will take from 100 to 110 lessons to complete, while Grades 5 to 12 will take 125 to 140. Scheduling is simple – just play the video for the next lesson in the workbook. Worksheet clarity is good; the examples and directions are clear and the assignment is focused on the topic at hand. Grading is made easier with checklists and scoring guides included right in the lesson and an answer key to specific exercises included in the back of the workbook.

Each course is sold as a Combo with video content either on DVD or online. Combos with online video include a print workbook and online access to video content. DVD Combos include video on DVD and a Workbook. Please note that DVD Combos are being discontinued in 2022, but we will have remaining inventory while supplies last.

For those wanting more comfort that their student is learning the material, an assessment/resource booklet is now available for several levels. These consist of 26 assessments and 2 comprehensive assessments. The resource part of the book consists of a few pages of word choice lists for improving writing interest, writing checklists, writing organization tools and answer key to the assessments.

Mr. Stephens, a Christian, taught in the public schools, so he designed this course to be used in either a secular or Christian environment. The courses were put together before Common Core came along and no effort has been made to make them compatible with Common Core. I believe that Mr. Stephens has given us a course that is easy to implement, with an effective teaching style, at an affordable price. ~ Bob

Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade
7
Note 1
Subscription emailed from publisher in 14 business days at
Note 2
this time. (Sept 2022) Returnable only if not activated.
Format
Other
Brand Name
Essentials in Writing
Weight
1.1 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 9.0" x 0.75"
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We need a writing curriculum that offers live instruction with modeling demonstrations along with an easy format in the workbook, and smaller incremental lessons. This program clearly fits the bill! I also like that we can jump in and continue through high school without worrying about gaps or doing the research all over again. The customer service with this company has been amazing so far, and it comes highly recommended.
john l on Aug 14, 2020
I've been waiting until my son was 12 to start a writing program and I've been eyeing this one from the start. A friend who uses this for her children, and has great success with it, was the final push I needed to order it up.
Christina L on Jul 29, 2020
We need a writing curriculum that offers live instruction with modeling demonstrations along with an easy format in the workbook, and smaller incremental lessons. This program clearly fits the bill! I also like that we can jump in and continue through high school without worrying about gaps or doing the research all over again. The customer service with this company has been amazing so far, and it comes highly recommended.
john l on Aug 14, 2020
I chose this for 6th grade and love that grammar is combined with composition and all inclusive rather than a separate curriculum. This course provides a step-by-step guide to the writing process making it easy to follow.
Tracy J on Aug 4, 2020
I've been waiting until my son was 12 to start a writing program and I've been eyeing this one from the start. A friend who uses this for her children, and has great success with it, was the final push I needed to order it up.
Christina L on Jul 29, 2020
online streaming needed this year to help with teaching writing
Alayna P on Jul 21, 2020
My kid tried it and liked it
ingrid k on May 29, 2020
TOR Recommendation
Lily O on Aug 17, 2019
I chose this for 6th grade and love that grammar is combined with composition and all inclusive rather than a separate curriculum. This course provides a step-by-step guide to the writing process making it easy to follow.
Tracy J on Aug 4, 2020
online streaming needed this year to help with teaching writing
Alayna P on Jul 21, 2020
Do the teachers manuals come with the bundles?
User on May 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There really aren't any teacher's manuals with this series - either the ones with the CDs or the online subscription. Both bundles do include the student worktext.
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