Writing Skills 2

Writing Skills 2

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Item #: 002920
ISBN: 9780838825662
Grades: 7-9

Category Description for Writing Skills:

These consumable student books teach expository writing from the ground up - from understanding words to constructing sentences, then writing organized paragraphs. Like building blocks, the students work on the foundational skills that pave the way for writing the five-paragraph essay. Some students take to writing naturally, but these books are for those who need more instruction and a specific writing method to follow. The activities provided in the workbooks give students lots of writing practice and cement writing techniques in their minds by making them use the skills in their own writing. Activities include writing sentences and deciding whether they are singular or plural, writing sentences or paragraphs using specific writing prompts, expanding paragraphs to include more details, outlining paragraphs, identifying writing elements in text that is provided, and much more. Book A begins with sentences. First, students practice the parts of speech in a sentence - subjects, different kinds of nouns, predicates, verbs, and more. Then they work with different types of sentences, from statements and exclamations to supporting sentences, topic sentences, and concluding sentences. Students delve into basic paragraphs, examining parts of speech such as adjectives and adverbs as well as practicing simple paragraphs and other short writing forms. By the end of book 1, your child will master writing four kinds of paragraphs: example, process, reason, and classification. Book 2 reviews these forms and adds two new types of writing (definition and compare-and-contrast), then explains how to use the same process learned in writing paragraphs to write the five paragraph essay. Book 3 provides practice in even more advanced writing, reviewing basic skills learned in the first books and then focusing more on expository writing. Eight types of exposition are practiced in a step-by-step fashion, along with additional practice with sentence skills. Different types of clauses are also covered and practiced in Book 3. The Teacher's Handbook is a comprehensive guide for use with all of the student books. It is not an answer key, rather it is a tool for the teacher to help guide students through the concepts covered in the student books. It includes clear explanations as well as models, exercises, and teaching strategies for struggling, beginning, and even advanced writers. The ten chapters in the handbook cover the sentence, the paragraph, types of writing, the essay, standards and assessments, proofreading and revising, working with groups, spelling, handwriting, and keyboarding. Helpful reproducibles are included. According to the publisher, these workbooks are not reproducible, but the activities could be completed on separate pieces of paper if you have more than one student. Between 110 and 140 pgs, pb.

Category Description for Expository Writing - Skills:

These materials provide practice for individual skills necessary towriting rather than focusing on the work as a whole.

Category Description for EXPOSITORY WRITING:

These materials cover various types of informational writing, includingpersuasive writing, essays, outlines, and research papers.

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Print, Other
2nd, Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.
Series Title
Writing Skills Ser.
Elementary/High School
Diana Hanbury King
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Educators Publishing Service
0.85 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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my kids in help in writing, I liked the preview pages
REBEKAH B on Jul 20, 2019
I've enjoyed the first books in series, so I'm buying the next volume.
Nathan T on Dec 6, 2015
my kids in help in writing, I liked the preview pages
REBEKAH B on Jul 20, 2019
My child is an average writer and needs prompts. I loved this curriculum and the way it offered methodical writing practice. It was very good. We used Writing Skills 1 in 7th and WS 2 in 8th grade.
Vicki F on Apr 19, 2016
I've enjoyed the first books in series, so I'm buying the next volume.
Nathan T on Dec 6, 2015
My child is an average writer and needs prompts. I loved this curriculum and the way it offered methodical writing practice. It was very good. We used Writing Skills 1 in 7th and WS 2 in 8th grade.
Vicki F on Apr 19, 2016
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Good for helping students go from writing paragraphs to writing essays. A little dry, but doesn't talk down to them.
June 20, 2016
over 4 years ago
I was looking for a resource to use to teach my daughter how to write various kinds paragraphs with introductory sentence thesis sentence supporting sentences and concluding sentence Then I wanted to expand this form and teach my daughter to write the five paragraph expository essay When my two older children went to college I learned I had not spent enough time on this type of writing My sons were writing lots of these essays in college Also the current SAT requires the student to write just such an essay Writing Skills 2 exceeded my expectations and it cost only $1050 Our regular English textbook gave writing assignments but did not supply enough detailed instruction Writing Strands has been excellent for teaching creative writing but it does not teach the standard five paragraph essay with thesis statement This book teaches expository writing in a series of small steps Each assignment was easy enough to avoid writer's block or a feeling of inadequacy Before asking the student to write topic sentences the student is asked to write supporting sentences for a topic such as "ways of relaxing" In the next lesson the book supplies the topic sentences and the student writes four supporting sentences for each topic sentence The next lesson adds the requirement that the student write a concluding sentence After such thorough and nonthreatening preparation the student is then ready to write five sentence paragraphs This book teaches the student to write six kinds of paragraphs: example process reason classification definition and comparison and contrast As well as teaching paragraph and essay writing Writing 2 teaches grammar in a practical way The book covers parts of speech compound sentences subordinate clauses and prepositional phrases as used in the student's writing For example the student is taught to vary his sentence structure by starting a sentence with an adverb or by using prepositional phrases rather than adjectives to describe nouns After teaching paragraph writing as well as grammatical aids to better writing the student is taught to write five paragraph essays This book has proved invaluable to me It helped me teach my daughter how to structure and organize her writing It was easy for me to use I did not have to do any preparation and it provided easy tools for me to use in teaching writing Incidentally this book was recommended to me by Scottish Rite Hospital when my child was diagnosed with dyslexia They suggested I use Writing 2 with my child to help her organize her writing and learn to write clearly and effectively This book worked great I would recommend it for grades 7 through 12 for any student who has not yet mastered the five paragraph essay I do not believe it can be matched for effectiveness and cost
November 27, 2008

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