Writing Strands 3

Writing Strands 3

# 003786

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Item #: 003786
ISBN: 9781888344103
Grades: 3-7

Product Description:

You'll probably begin here if your student is in grades 3-7 and juststarting the program.

Category Description for Writing Strands:

Author Dave Marks believes that kids become good writers by ... writing! Not by doing endless diagramming or laboring over parts of speech worksheets. He eloquently equates the process of learning to write to learning to ride a bicycle ... you get on and ride, not spend weeks, months, or years labeling the parts of a bicycle on worksheets! Mr. Marks has 27 years of experience teaching in high school and college and also homeschooled his son using this approach (yes, his son did become a writer!). The four strands of writing (argumentative, explanatory, creative and report) are explained, modeled, and practiced throughout the 8 levels. Beginning in level 3, the author speaks directly to the student, a nice touch because Mr. Marks has a tongue-in-cheek humor that makes learning to write enjoyable! We have used this program effectively. Most children begin this program in level 3. Older children may progress more quickly through the lower levels. Dave promises that "A child, at whatever age, having worked through level eight, would be ready for college-level writing."

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Grade Start
Grade End
Series Title
Writing Strands Ser.
8 to 13
Dave Marks
Softcover Book
Brand Name
National Writing Institute
0.4 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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Im trying this because a friend recommended it. I also purchased it because the Well Trained Mind book recommended it.
Danna B on Aug 8, 2019
i think it will be a good writing program for my kids
Falon J on Jun 18, 2018
Im trying this because a friend recommended it. I also purchased it because the Well Trained Mind book recommended it.
Danna B on Aug 8, 2019
recommended by well trained mind
Lois A on Jul 13, 2019
i think it will be a good writing program for my kids
Falon J on Jun 18, 2018
First time trying this product.
Dulce R on May 23, 2018
Recommended by My Fathers World Curriculum
Christa M on Sep 12, 2017
I needed a good writing program that will help my child gain confidence in her ability to write and also help her be more independent in her work.
Stephanie H on Aug 14, 2017
Recommended on My Father's World
Patricia B on Mar 24, 2017
Looking for a new writing program for my daughter, age 10
Abigail B on Mar 16, 2017
Writing Strands 2 is going well. It presents the concept, some ideas for practicing the concept but the theme or the how is up to the parent and learner.
User on Jan 10, 2017
Recommended by friend. Dyslexia
Heather B on Dec 18, 2016
friends suggestion
Robyn T on Sep 15, 2016
Recommended by MFW for fourth grade.
Becky C on Sep 2, 2016
Mentioned in The Well Trained Mind, and had good reviews. This is our departure from Writing with Ease, which neither my son or I enjoyed very much.
Joann B on Jul 17, 2016
My son needs help with writing and this book was suggested to give him the help he needs.
Courtney P F on Jun 27, 2016
I wanted to increase my daughters writing skills.
Renee A on Jun 17, 2016
suggested by a friend to try this curriculum for writing
Angie S on Jan 29, 2016
recommended by well trained mind
Lois A on Jul 13, 2019
First time trying this product.
Dulce R on May 23, 2018
whats the difference between Writing Strands level 3 and Writing Strands Beginning 2?
A shopper on Aug 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Writing Strands Beginning 2 is part of a series now published by Master Books that is a revision of the older Writing Strands series. The writing instruction in Beginning 2 corresponds fairly closely to the writing instruction in WS Level 3 but the course also includes literary analysis and study.
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Rated 1 out of 5
Found this boring and painful and I am the teacher. Worse for the child.
March 28, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Good program so far.
I just started using this with my 7th grader. He was struggling with another writing program and it wasn't working. So far he likes Writing Strands and doesn't complain anymore when it's time to do his writing (and neither do I). So far, so good.
February 11, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
We have been using this with our 9 year old and our 12 year old. It has been working well for both of them. It is easy, concise and enjoyable for both.
October 31, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I wish I had known there was an instructors book that went along with this series We used this book for our 9 year old and 12 year old We used it about 2 months before switching to something else We liked the tone of the author We just weren't sure of what was being asked Lessons were short but it felt like we spent forever on the same thing The kids kept asking "when do we move on?" We used this book because so many of our friends had used it and loved it This is one you'll want to read thru or look at first hand before purchasing If you like it Get the Teacher's ManualNote: we believe she is referring to #20436 - Evaluating Writing
July 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
Using Writing Strands 3 last year was fun straightforward and challenging I think for both teachers and students writing is one of the subjects that is a bit abstract and hard to tackle Using this program (Writing Strands along with Evaluating Writing for the teacher)relieved us of that feeling We learned to enjoy the writing process Even the mistakes were exciting after some time had gone by and we could look back and see the progressWriting Strands is intended to be a stand alone writing grammar and spelling program It expresses the idea that grammar and spelling are best retained when taught in application rather than as an abstract subject The reusable textbook is divided into fourteen lessons which are ideally alternated with a reading/literature program making a full year of study The lessons are broken down into small daily assignments that are easily done At the beginning of a lesson the student is given the overall goal but the daily assignments themselves are very doable and keep out writers block The students cover four basic writing techniques; creation by writing stories and learning to make characters; basic writing structure such as following directions controlling sentence and paragraph structure; description of places or peoples;and organization of thought By the end of the year the student will have done character sketches learned basic paragraph set-up written narrations of feelings kept a detailed and organized journal learned spacial description experimented with writing short stories and dabbled with describing animation in conversation among other things Though this program is meant to be used in place of a traditional language arts curriculum we used it as a supplement and found it very enjoyable The lessons are ready made and can be taught or self-taught as is suggested without advance preparation The teachers manual is optional but it makes the job easier if you don't trust your own writing It is intended for all the grade levels One of qualities that stood out to me is the sense of pride of authorship that DAVE MARKS gives the student in his composition At the end of each lesson the student is asked to evaluate his work by choosing the best sentence he wrote that week The student is also asked to find a mistake he made that he will try not to make again Some students don't particularly care for the palish type of language used throughout but others say it makes the task seem easier It isn't over done We particularly made use of the suggestions for inspiring young writers on the introduction page My daughter loved publishing her work for the whole extended family There is a strong message throughout the text that writing is a non-competitive skill that each style is unique and gives a peak at how someone else thinks and feels Since I had two different age and grade kids going through the program it was fun to see how different the products of the same tasks were We all agreed that it'd been enjoyable and we plan to use Writing Strands 4 this year
July 31, 2008

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