Writers in Residence Volume 1 - Apprentice

Writers in Residence Volume 1 - Apprentice

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ISBN: 9781940110301
Grades: 4-8

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The Student Text is consumable and is meant to show the personal progression toward the goal of finished writing assignments that will ultimately find a place in the student's Writing Portfolio. This portfolio is a record of writing progress and gives your child a sense of accomplishment. You can and should share this keepsake with others. The Appendices in the Student Text are plentiful. An Apprentice Log includes module checklists, rubrics, a unit review and follow-up reports. Also included are Reviewer's Rubrics featuring the Traits of Writing, a Memory Chart, and Follow-Up Reports.

Publisher Description:

The Writers in Residence (WIR) series is a writing-focused language arts program. While completing high-interest writing assignments, students learn about sentence structure, the parts of speech, and the conventions of the English language for punctuation, capitalization, and usage. This meaningful context shows students how skill and understanding in the language arts enable them to create clear, engaging stories and essays readers want to read.

Writers in Residence provides a biblically-based framework for kids to think about language and communicate effectively in writing.

Your family will love this powerful learning tool because it includes:

1) A complete writing curriculum that integrates grammar, punctuation, and capitalization

2) An easy-to-use All-In-One Student Text and Workbook

3) A helpful answer key with directions, checklists, and evaluation rubric for every writing assignment that takes the guesswork out of evaluating your childs writing

4) A detailed lesson plan outline for four days a week for thirty-two weeks, make planning and teaching a breeze

5) Appropriate content for grades 4 through 8

6) Lively and engaging tone, written to the student

7) Visually pleasing page layouts, designed to guide your student through the lessons

8) Compelling interviews with favorite Christian authors

Category Description for Writers in Residence:

"A treasured record of your child(ren)s intellectual growth. The stories, essays, and reports your children create as they grow will become archives of their childhood. Have you ever thought of composition assignments that way?" I hadn't, but Debra Bell, author of Apologia's new writing program, Writers in Residence, considers this the underlying benefit of a well-structured, comprehensive writing program. She has provided a user-friendly, attractive, writing-based language arts program that you will be eager to incorporate into the memory-fabric of your homeschool.

I don't think I had ever thought of my children's compositions as anything other than something to get done: something to cover because it was important to have good writing/communication skills. My children were blessed with dedicated writing teachers at co-ops, but there was still a hit-and-miss aspect to their writing skill development. A program like this one makes me want a "do-over." I'm realizing now that writing is something more than just checking off requirements: at each step of the way, writing is a glimpse into my child's heart, mind, and soul.

Writers in Residence (such a great name!) is a multi-volume writing-based language arts program. Providing a traditional approach to writing (i.e. writing process, forms of writing, traits of good writing) and integrated language arts in truly homeschool-friendly packaging, this program is well-structured and organized, with progressive, systematic, and thorough instruction. Written directly to the student (parent's role is mentor and audience), assignments are easy to follow and interesting. Grammar is covered systematically and thoroughly, integrated carefully with writing expectations. The appearance is colorful and attractive although I will admit to not being a big fan of the HUGE (over a ream of paper) spiral-bound format. [I would be tempted to have the spiral cut off and each of the six units re-bound into smaller spiral-bound segments.]

The course is divided into Units, each of which have, at its heart, a writing project. The four modules in each unit break that writing project down into manageable chunks incorporating illustrative and skill-building exercises along with correlating grammar instruction (sentence structure, parts of speech, usage, and mechanics). The modules weave writing process instruction and practice (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and polishing) with traits of good writing instruction and practice (ideas, organization, sentence structure, word choice, voice, and conventions) while the assignments provide experience with different forms of writing. Student and professional examples are plentiful. Systematic review is included throughout. Interspersed between the Units are biographical/interview segments, Spotlight on Christian Writers, that focus on defining aspects of his or her writer's craft.

The heart of this program is the Student Text, a colorful, consumable worktext. Everything is here except the answers which are helpfully provided in the Answer Key. Students can work somewhat independently but need parents as an audience, for feedback, and to respond as an interested reader. Lots of questions that can be used for discussion are included. Writing tasks (I Remember, I Imagine, I Investigate, and I think, help keep writing authentic and purposeful. The instruction recognizes that while risk-taking and experimentation are required, at the same time much of writing is cyclical, repetitious, maddening, and sometimes inspired.

Each volume will typically be completed in a year (32 weeks with at least 3 days per week) but can be spread over a year and a half. To start as an Apprentice with Volume 1, a student should be reading chapter books independently and expect instruction in introductory writing (usually 4th - 6th grade but this volume could be used with older students who have not yet had comprehensive writing experience and practice).

Modules break the assignments down into manageable chunks. To give you an idea, here is the progression from Volume 1, Module 15, the third module in the opinion essay assignment: Rubric (checklist), Writers Questions (get your brain working), Sneak Peak (overview of module), Review Your Progress, Language of the Trade, Modify with Adverbs, A Handy-Dandy List of Adverbs, Work Those Adverbs, Connect with Adverbs, What's Your Style, More than one part of Speech, Mastery Test, Word Sleuth (identifying words for spelling practice), and Re-visit: Writers Questions. Obviously, the grammar target of this module is adverbs and integrating them with the writing project.

The Student Text is consumable and is meant to show the personal progression toward the goal of finished writing assignments that will ultimately find a place in the student's Writing Portfolio. This portfolio is a record of writing progress and gives your child a sense of accomplishment. You can and should share this keepsake with others. The Appendices in the Student Text are plentiful. An Apprentice Log includes module checklists, rubrics, a unit review and follow-up reports. Also included are Reviewer's Rubrics featuring the Traits of Writing, a Memory Chart, and Follow-Up Reports.

The Answer Key and Teaching Notes provides answers to those exercises and questions that have an appropriately objective response (including reviews). This means there are answers when one correct answer is required and also where a set range of answers is acceptable. The Answer Key does not provide suggested answers for open-ended or creative writing assignments. In other instances, the student is given examples and samples to help gauge appropriate responses. Also included with the Answer Key are suggested daily schedules 32 weeks/four days a week. Other information, helpfully provided for the parent/mentor in the Answer Key, is also available to the student in the Student Text. There are grading rubrics for each writing project as well as checklists for each module. By the way, the author does not recommend that parent/mentors provide letter grades. She feels that evaluating strengths and weaknesses of each piece is more helpful.

It is exciting to have this new program available. Readers in Residence, a companion literature program, has shared elements with the Writers program. Student Text 576 pg, spiral-bound; Answer Key 144 pg, pb ~ Janice




Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.


Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
4
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781940110301
Author
Debra Bell
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Apologia
Weight
3.65 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 10.0" x 1.38"
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Simply laid out, self-contained writing program.
Jennifer R on Jun 28, 2020
I have tried several writing programs with no success. This curriculum came recommended for its diversity of instruction.
crystal d on May 21, 2020
Simply laid out, self-contained writing program.
Jennifer R on Jun 28, 2020
It's self guided and easy to use.
marilyn w on Jun 1, 2020
I have tried several writing programs with no success. This curriculum came recommended for its diversity of instruction.
crystal d on May 21, 2020
I am familiar with Author so I know it will be terrific!!
Marcia R on Dec 28, 2018
For our homeschool co-op
Sabrina P on Aug 21, 2018
Reviews
Christopher T on Mar 10, 2018
"required curriculum for coop"
Ashley S on Aug 24, 2017
used it for one student so far and LOVE the layout and the way it teaches creative writing
Olivia H on Aug 14, 2017
I was able to look at the curriculum at a friend's house. I thought it seemed engaging.
User on Mar 2, 2017
I like the idea of writing and grammar in one.
Rebecca G on Nov 28, 2016
I like that it has both grammar and writing and can be used with more than one migdlle school grade.
Jodi M on Aug 11, 2016
I love that writing and LA are all wrapped in one.
Holly O on Aug 9, 2016
Ordered one copy and it looks so good, I want to use it with both my children.
Karina on Jul 1, 2016
I chose this because I wanted something he could do almost on his own, but also walks him through each and every step of writing. I taught using the six traits method in public school so I know the program brings excellent results.
Laura M on Jun 14, 2016
Hoping this works where many other writing programs have failed for my ASD child (who possibly has dysgraphia).
Jennifer J on May 2, 2016
Programs teach directly to the student therefore taking less of my time are much more likely to actually get done! It looked thorough, interesting and i love that the fact that grammar and mechanics are included as i agree that they are best learned and remembered when taught within the context of their usefulness
User on Jan 27, 2016
Excellent writing program based on 6 traits.
Ann V on Jan 15, 2016
It's self guided and easy to use.
marilyn w on Jun 1, 2020
I am familiar with Author so I know it will be terrific!!
Marcia R on Dec 28, 2018
Can this be shared between two students or do they have to have a copy of their own? Could we use a spiral notebook for their assignments? I have a 9 year old and 14 year old. :-)
User on Feb 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Writers in Residence can be used by two students, but there are a number of pages that need to be filled out. You could simply make a copy of the pages necessary for both students and keep their writing projects in a 3 ring binder. If you like using a spiral notebook, Keep it in the binder as well.
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Exactly what we needed!
I used this to teach to two writers one year apart. One was reluctant and full of excuses and the other teeming with ideas that in her mind defied the need for mechanics and better structure. This resource helped both of them become better writers and not dislike the writing process so much, as they had experienced perspective from career authors. I found the rubrics helpful for them (and myself) as they could easily check to see that all requirements were met as well as thwarting many excuses. One reviewer mentioned dislike for the flipping of pages. We just made a copy of a reference page if needed as the book is somewhat cumbersome. This curriculum helped them to bridge into more challenging writing programs.
August 9, 2019
A great way to learn writing!
I have eight children, and I've tried probably 5 to 10 different writing products over the years, hoping one of the products would be a hit. All them failed until we tried Writers in Residence. I'm trying it with both my third and fourth children. I like that it has some grammar as well as lots of fun writing practice.
February 11, 2018
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