Wordsmith Craftsman (3rd Ed.)

Wordsmith Craftsman (3rd Ed.)

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Item #: 005073
ISBN: 9781929683536
Grades: 9-12

Product Description:

If the Wordsmith Apprentice is the junior version of Wordsmith, then the Wordsmith Craftsman is the senior. Written for the young adult, it concentrates on making sure older students have the necessary communication and writing skills for their adult lives, no matter what occupation they enter. In three parts it covers the various aspects of writing they will need "out in the real world." In Part One, "Writing Every Day," taking notes, writing letters, constructing summaries and composing business reports are covered. Part Two, "Language Power" includes paragraphs, writing techniques, and developing a personal writing style. This all builds up to the grand finale, "The Essay," which covers topics, structure, and the step-by-step writing. Different types of essays are practiced: expository, narrative, descriptive, and persuasive. Answers are printed in the back of the book for some of exercises. This workbook has been revised and now includes updated information regarding e-mail communication and Internet research, additional examples, a brief discussion of research papers, and an added section on critical writing (reviews and critical essays). Very complete and informative, this is ideal for rounding out a high school writing program. - Jess

Category Description for Wordsmith Series:

Written by a homeschooling mom, the presentation of topics and skills in this book is outstanding! Instructions are directed to the student and interesting assignments encourage even reluctant writers. Lessons build from focusing on interesting word usage to sentence construction, to scene-setting, characterization, and well-written dialogue, and culminate in the writing of a short story at the end. Students can complete the course in about a year, but you might want to alternate lessons with grammar instruction, other technical skills instruction, or other types of writing and "stretch out" the use of Wordsmith over a longer time period. The book allows ample room to write exercises in, but students can also use regular paper so that you can re-use with several children. This book has also been revised, and the new edition features additional exercises and examples, an expanded section on writing short stories, additional explanation and examples of revision, and review/practice quizzes. An inexpensive teacher's guide is available for parents who want the extra help in teaching creative writing and includes answers, lesson plans, teaching suggestions, and ideas for expanding the lessons. This guide has also been revised, and includes more explanation of the "philosophy" of writing, further tips on revising, and more ideas for additional writing assignments.

Category Description for Other Writing Programs:

These materials contain both instruction and writing assignments but are not as broad in scope (types of writing) as the comprehensive programs.

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Janey B. Chaney
Softcover Book
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Common Sense Press
0.75 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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Was recommended.
Mckenzie M on Nov 22, 2022
I liked the description and that it has real life examples of things that are needed to know how to write and I read the reviews.
Lisa J on Aug 24, 2022
Was recommended.
Mckenzie M on Nov 22, 2022
Guerline A on Oct 24, 2022
I liked the description and that it has real life examples of things that are needed to know how to write and I read the reviews.
Lisa J on Aug 24, 2022
Student enjoyed the Wordsmith curriculum.
Jana B on Apr 1, 2021
We have used this book and the Apprentice level in past school years, and actually enjoyed writing! My daughter completed both levels and did very well in her college writing class. I found this curriculum to be fun, flexible, and a great value.
JILL on Jun 22, 2020
To have the answers for my daughter - who is Home Schooling
April C on Apr 13, 2020
Hoping to use this in between IEW classes with a rising 9th grader to polish her composition skills. Highly recommended by Cathy Duffy.
Yolanda on Mar 21, 2020
Looking for a final writing book to finish off my sons high school, this caught my eye because it has practical advice for real world situations
Erica P on Aug 27, 2019
The author of this program is a columnist at World Magazine and I am familiar with her work, it tipped the scales on whether or not to purchase.
HEATHER B on Jul 1, 2019
I was looking for a to the point writing program that focuses primarily on essay writing skills. I'm hoping this will meet our needs.
User on Nov 26, 2018
Both my kids, who are now in Junior and Senior High, love this workbook series! Has really improved both of their writing skills, and made my son actually enjoy writing.
Corii W on Nov 7, 2018
For high school home school English 12
Juanita M on Sep 9, 2018
My daughter has worked through the earlier Wordsmith books. She liked them and wanted to continue to the next level.
Thomas C on Sep 4, 2018
For homeschool curriculum
Daniel D on Aug 23, 2018
This looks like a great course! I look forward to using it with my high school students.
Doreen S on Aug 13, 2018
We did Wordsmith last year and it was a hit with my son. We decided to do the next level this year
Ashlea L on Aug 1, 2018
It got great reviews
Heidi Jo K on Jun 16, 2018
Reviews on homeschool board
Amy A on Sep 22, 2016
I like the author's style of explaining the challenges of writing in a very conversational, light-hearted manner, without dumbing down the material. The assignments seem interesting and we've been successful with other Wordsmith products. We'll be using Easy Grammar Ultimate series to complement this writing program.
Tamsen on May 26, 2016
I gave my son the choice of several well-known curricula, and this was his choice.
Wendy W on Mar 10, 2016
I read about it in Cathy Duffy Reviews and it was on her 102 top picks list. It sounded like a good fit for my children.
Rachel B on Jan 30, 2016
My daughter has finished the previous course
Larry on Nov 24, 2015
recommended by a friend
Lee F on Nov 20, 2015
Guerline A on Oct 24, 2022
Student enjoyed the Wordsmith curriculum.
Jana B on Apr 1, 2021
Is this book consumable? (As in, if I have two students, should they each have their own?)
A shopper on Oct 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's more of an instruction guide than a consumable workbook. Here's a note you might have missed in the Rainbow Resource description: The book allows ample room to write exercises in, but students can also use regular paper so that you can re-use with several children.
Do I need any books to compliment this?
Becky on Jun 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, but occasionally you will need newspaper articles, magazine articles for ideas or reference material. I use Writer's Inc. as a handy reference or for when we want another explanation or examples of certain grammar usage, etc... but it isn't required.
Is this considered a supplement to a high school writing course or a full course on its own?
User on Jan 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We use Wordsmith Craftsman as a full writing component for our daughter (9th grade). Writing comes more naturally to her. We homeschool in Texas, so check your state/district requirements regarding English/Writing, to make sure it will fulfill those. We have not used any of the other books in the Wordsmith series. We used Writing for 100 days prior to Wordsmith Craftsman. We will probably use the followup book, Fairview's Guide to Composition and Essay Writing, for our daughter's 10th grade year. Hope that helps you decide.
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