Learn to Write the Novel Way Text

Learn to Write the Novel Way Text

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ISBN: 9780966419009
Grades: 3-12

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.




Category Description for WRITING PROGRAMS:

These materials may offer some light grammar instruction, but the focusis mainly on writing of all types.




Category Description for Learn to Write the Novel Way:

In this "novel" approach to writing, children complete an entire year (or semester) of English in the context of writing a novel. This is homeschooling at its finest. First, children establish a purpose, a goal, a motivation - the writing of a novel. Prerequisite skills for doing so are then learned as they are needed to accomplish the goal. This is such a natural, sensible way to incorporate all of your instruction - like a unit study just for English. And, because of the wide grade range, you can teach all of your upper elementary and up children together.

The process is broken down into 13 steps from incubation to hatching. Basically, the steps are: coming up with an idea, developing characters, choosing voice, developing plot, organizing, writing, writing (overcoming writer's block), revising for "vivid" (sensory) language, revising for better (more exact) word choices, revising for style (using literary devices), editing, creating a finished product (publishing) and showing it all off (sharing/distributing). Preferably, each step will take as long as it takes. However, the author has supplied a recommended schedule to help you stay on track. Each step corresponds to a process, not a time frame. All in all, students spend about 9 weeks planning, 8 weeks writing, 14 weeks revising and editing and 5 weeks publishing/distributing on a 36-week implementation. The editing takes about 8 weeks alone (this step includes most of the grammar, spelling, and punctuation instruction for the course), while others are allowed 2-4 weeks each.

Each step is organized into three components: Learn, Practice, and Apply. Your involvement will be needed the most during the Learn phase to present new concepts and make sure your child understands - but mostly to coach! The worktext is amazingly well-written and easy to use (not to mention engaging!). Everything is clearly outlined for you and your child. Extra guidance for you for each step is contained in the small Teacher's Guide/Answer Key. The Practice part of each step is done independently by your child. This consists of questions, activities and exercises directed to the student. After Practice, students Apply what they've learned and practiced to their work in progress.

The worktext is consumable (but not reproducible), so you will need to purchase one for each student using the program. Since the student pages are not included in the Teacher's Guide, you may want to purchase an additional copy for yourself. The Teacher's Guide contains answers, an overview of each step, hints, and group activities. If you really like this approach but consider it too expensive, think about what you would be willing to pay for your child to attend a weekly writing seminar given by the author (Carole Thaxton) for an entire year. That may put it into perspective.




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
3
Grade End
12
ISBN
9780966419009
Author
Carole Thaxton
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
KONOS Connection
Weight
1.5 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 9.0" x 0.5"
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I have a student who loves to write and have chosen this book to help her write to the Glory of the Lord!
Susan W on Jan 10, 2019
We are teaching a Novel Writing Course.
Barbara H on Aug 24, 2017
I have a student who loves to write and have chosen this book to help her write to the Glory of the Lord!
Susan W on Jan 10, 2019
Cathy Duffy reviews gave a good overview of this product so I could understand clearly what it entails. I like that I can teach all my older children, including middle and high school aged kids, and my dyslexic son all together. To have an end product will boost morale and be neat for the kids to have to see how their writing skills have grown and then also have a tangible book in their hands to keep or share is great.
Eve E on Feb 14, 2018
We are teaching a Novel Writing Course.
Barbara H on Aug 24, 2017
In our co-op, my student is using this text. It is very helpful in writing a novel for a young author.
Karen H on Aug 15, 2017
My junior son really liked this book. It gives a good overview of writing a novel and includes good practice.
Kent J on Oct 3, 2016
I need to improve my childs' writing.
Nichole J on Sep 3, 2016
My son wanted to use another learn-to-write-a-novel curriculum, but we found some of the content to be unacceptable for our family. My nieces had use this curriculum and enjoyed it.
Kathryn L on Jan 2, 2016
Cathy Duffy reviews gave a good overview of this product so I could understand clearly what it entails. I like that I can teach all my older children, including middle and high school aged kids, and my dyslexic son all together. To have an end product will boost morale and be neat for the kids to have to see how their writing skills have grown and then also have a tangible book in their hands to keep or share is great.
Eve E on Feb 14, 2018
In our co-op, my student is using this text. It is very helpful in writing a novel for a young author.
Karen H on Aug 15, 2017
Is this book secular? Cathy Duffy says its a protestant standpoint, but I just want to know if there are mentions of God, or bible verses in this.
User on May 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It does reference God a handful of times. In the discussion, toward the beginning, of characteristics of a good book, it suggests reading and discussing Philippians 4:8. The rest of the references are mainly in the context of teaching specific skills. E.g "capitalize nouns or pronouns for Supreme Being; capitalize sacred books," with examples following. When discussing simile and metaphor, it mentions that Psalms and Proverbs are full of them. I would agree that it comes from a protestant standpoint, but there really are very, very few references to scripture and faith.
Do each of the students need their own book?
A shopper on Apr 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I asked my daughter who is currently using this book. She feels it would be easier for each to have their own book. However, with some effort you could buy one and use spiral notebooks for additional kids.
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Excellent Resource!
I highly recommend this product. It was an answer to prayer for our family. I had tried several other writing resources and/or curriculum with my children over the past few years and was not happy with them. They were either too difficult to use, too time consuming on my (the parent/teacher) end, or my children were just not enthused with the curriculum at all. A friend told me about Learn to Write the Novel Way. It sounded interesting, so I looked into it. I reviewed it with my children before purchasing it and they were very excited about what we read. So, I decided to give Learn to Write the Novel Way a try. I am so happy that I did! All three of my children, ages 15, 14, and 13, are thoroughly enjoying this writing curriculum; even my 13 year old son, who does not like to write. This is the first writing resource that he actually likes and is enjoying doing.

The writing process is taught in 13 steps. By the end of the course the student will actually have a published work. Each step is thoroughly taught with exciting and funny examples. It is written to the student, so independent learners can complete this course with very little assistance from the parent/teacher. Our family is using Learn to Write the Novel Way together as a group to make it even more fun and interesting. (The group method works very well for my reluctant writer son.) We have been using the course for about 6 weeks now and all three of my children find it fun and enjoyable.

I am using Easy Grammar Plus along with Learn to Write the Novel Way and am having great results with all three of my children. No longer do I hear whining when it's time for grammar and writing lessons. I highly recommend these products.
April 26, 2016
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over 3 years ago

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