Shurley English Level 7 Practice Booklet

Shurley English Level 7 Practice Booklet

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ISBN: 9781585610976
Grades: 7

Category Description for Shurley English:

A very unique English program that teaches grammar, language skills and writing using consistent, formulated techniques. If you like oral recitation, you'll love this program! And, at levels 1-8 the program is totally interactive. If you're a little uncertain of your English teaching skills or tend to be disorganized - fear no more. Nothing is left to chance. The teaching is totally scripted and lessons are very systematic. There aren't even any teacher preparation pages. Author Brenda Shurley suggests you stay one lesson ahead of your students and study it thoroughly before presenting. This is a good idea because, occasionally, you will need to plan ahead for materials for some of the activities.

Lessons are grouped 5 per chapter to be taught at the rate of one chapter per week. The course will take about 26 weeks to complete if you hold to this schedule. Lessons vary in length and will take from 20-50 minutes each day. There is some variety in lesson format, but each lesson has one or more of the following components: Jingle Time, Grammar Time, Skill Time, Study Time, Writing Time, Activity/Assignment Time, Practice Time, Vocabulary Time, Test Time, Check Time.

Jingle Time begins many of the lessons and has students recite all of the previously-taught jingles. All of these are printed in the first section of the student workbook for easy reference. In the Teacher's Manual, they appear only as introduced. You are supposed to lead the recitation, so it would be helpful to put a post-it note on these pages (you are not allowed to xerox any part of the student workbook). The Instructional CD contains an audio version of the jingles which you can also use as an accompaniment. The narrator has a very pleasant voice. Some of the jingles are actually sung, but most are recited. Some rhyme and have a definite beat, others are just recitations. Jingles are used to define the various parts of speech. When committed to memory, they will help your student remember each part of speech, how it functions, and how to identify it. The Preposition Jingle has you memorize 49 prepositions (though I must say it's not as catchy as our homeschool version which has 53 prepositions sung to the tune of "Joy to the World").

Grammar Time is spent analyzing sentence construction, identifying each part of speech in the sentence. New parts of speech are introduced and an Oral Question and Answer Flow orally picks apart sentences, identifying each part of speech. All of the script appears in the Teacher's Manual so you can lead the recitation. Sentences are classified as Introductory Sentences (sentences which will be used in the lesson to introduce new parts of speech) or Practice Sentences (which classify sentences using previously-learned parts of speech). These sentences must be written on the board or on notebook paper for your student. Optionally, you may purchase a Practice Booklet which contains them all. Students who have previously used the method can classify these Practice Sentences independently, then check their answers using the Practice CD.

Skill Time teaches a wide assortment of language and word skills like subject-verb agreement, homonyms, personal pronoun-antecedent agreement, regular vs. irregular verbs, similes and metaphors, editing, and so on.

Writing Time is sometimes an assignment to make a journal entry, while in other lessons, it is the entire lesson, teaching students to use specific forms in writing. Some of the writing forms introduced in Level 4, for example, are the three-point paragraph, point of view, time-ordering, persuasive essay, writing with dialogue, narrative writing, and descriptive writing. These are all done by strict formula with models and sometimes templates included.

Activity/Assignment Time gives instruction for an interesting Activity or Assignment that puts some of this learning into practice. It might be a writing assignment, Sentence Hopscotch, planting a Parts of Speech Garden, or a challenge - like going the rest of the day without using a personal pronoun in any of your conversation! In Level 4, students may write poems.

Practice Time refers students to an exercise to complete in the Practice Section of their workbook. Answers are in the Teacher's Manual. Two Vocabulary Times are included per chapter. These introduce four words - two antonyms, two synonyms - for students to define in their Vocabulary notebooks (aided by a dictionary or thesaurus) and use each in a written sentence.

Lesson 4 of almost every chapter has a Study Time, Test Time and Check Time. Students will study all of their vocabulary words in their Vocabulary Notebooks as well as any skills in the Practice Section they need to review. After taking the Chapter Test, you will go over it with them and discuss it (Check Time). Answers are found in the Teacher's Manual.

This program is a very easy English program to teach and will particularly appeal to parents wanting to use a classical approach of instruction. Every step is planned, every lesson scripted, every writing assignment taught and modeled with very specific instruction. There is virtually zero preparation time and all the audio and visual teaching aids are provided. Children will learn parts of speech and many grammar and usage skills thoroughly - largely through oral recitation. They will learn how to use a dictionary and thesaurus and increase their vocabularies. They will continually review and practice material until it is mastered.

Homeschool kits contain a voluminous Teacher's Manual, a student workbook and an Instructional CD. The Student Workbook consists of a Jingle section (with lyrics to all of the Jingles), Reference section (vocabulary words, charts, rules, checklists and any material that would be in a handbook for the course), Practice Section (exercises), and Test Section (Chapter Test forms). You will need one for each student, so they are sold separately, also.

Practice sets contain the Practice Booklet and Practice CDs (Level 8 does not include a Practice Booklet). The Practice CDs contain audio files of the sentences in the Practice booklet. [The Practice Booklet and CD are not necessary in order to complete the course but they do make it easier on the teacher relieving her of daily sentence-writing and allowing the student to work somewhat independently with the CD to classify and then check the sentences. The Practice Booklet can be used without the CD.]

Level 7 and 8 are

Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.

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for grammar
hillary m on Feb 1, 2021
required by school curriculum
jaime m on Aug 31, 2020
for grammar
hillary m on Feb 1, 2021
It saves a lot of time teaching the lesson.
Brandie I on Sep 11, 2020
required by school curriculum
jaime m on Aug 31, 2020
School book list
Leslie T on Aug 23, 2020
Required for a writing class
Lindsey B on Aug 18, 2020
I've used Shurley English for two kids starting with Shurley 1 in first grade. It is a great English program. I always order the practice sentence book to save time.
Melody S on Mar 22, 2020
school requirement
aj h on Aug 13, 2019
Required purchase for Providence Preparatory School in Belton, TX
John T on Jul 24, 2019
It is very helpful to have the sentences already written out, in large type, with plenty of room for marking the parts of speech and sentence type. I liked not having to have a separate notebook for this and having to write them out each time.
Cynthia S on Jul 22, 2019
For School
Cecelia M on Aug 16, 2018
I no longer want to write out the practice sentences.
Anna P on Aug 14, 2018
Though this is not required for the curriculum (the same sentences are in the student book and can be copied into a notebook), I chose it because my daughter has a high amount of work this year and the copywork is unnecessary. This saves her time and still accomplishes the goal of the activity.
Alycia H on Aug 8, 2018
We used a really thorough program (Michael Clay Thompson) before this so this one is pretty easy for labeling. I like it because it adds some writing concepts and other English terminology & practice and was economical.
Jodi S on Jan 2, 2018
used for years
Catherine D on Aug 19, 2017
Local co-op class
Shawn G on Aug 11, 2017
It seemed comprehensive and an addition to the Teacher and Student Guide I have"
Emanuela S on Apr 3, 2017
I have used Shurley Grammar for my 4 children, with my oldest graduating soon. It is by far the best one out there.
Seble N on Jan 23, 2017
This practice book is needed to practice skills taught in the Student Book! It should be added to the Level 7 Kit. I thought I was getting it when I ordered my kit.
Conor S on Sep 22, 2016
Have been using Shurley for years but always wished I didn't have to take time to write out the sentences for the students. This is an invaluable time saver for a multi-grade homeschooling mom.
Jill F on Sep 9, 2016
my son's homeschool group teacher requires this . Looks like a great book
Treasa E on Aug 24, 2016
Recommended by a friend.
Eric M on Aug 23, 2016
Assigned by co-op
Kirsten N on Jul 22, 2016
Makes it easy to classify sentences when they are already written out.
Heidi C on Jun 22, 2016
It saves a lot of time teaching the lesson.
Brandie I on Sep 11, 2020
School book list
Leslie T on Aug 23, 2020
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Shurley English includes grammar writing and language use (homonyms editing/proofreading etc) Levels 1-6 have been modified for homeschoolers but it is obvious that this was initially designed for classroom use The songs and chants help kids master their grammar and I would recommend this curriculum for an excellent introduction to grammar However there is so much repetition from one year to the next that I think it would get tedious after too many years of it so we will plan to use it every 2nd or 3rd year (after half a year last year and all of this year)This curriculum is very easy to implement and (except for the beginning of level 1) very little advance prep is required The teacher�s guides are required; they have the lessons in them and specify exactly what should be done every day The student workbooks are required and are not stand-aloneA typical lesson requires the parent to write three sentences on a white-board then work with the child to classify (modified diagramming) the sentences A specific pattern is taught so this is very easy to do (my five year old learned how just listening in on the older kids) After that there�s a short lesson followed by an assignment for kids to do on their own There are vocabulary assignments journal writing assignments language usage exercises and of course more sentence-classifying I don�t think it ever takes my kids more than 15 minutes to do any of these routine exercises The writing assignments take a little longerOne reason that I think this works so well is that it takes a multi-sensory approach Kids see the exercises on the board and watch you model what they�re to do then they practice it with you on the board finally they do it on their own in their workbooks It�s auditory and oral because they hear you do the classifications aloud then they do the classifications aloud They hear the grammar songs/chants and sing along It�s even kinesthetic because you�re supposed to make up motions to go with the songsShould I keep writing�Kids must know how to read to succeed with this curriculum so imho level 1 would only be used in first grade by kids who learned to read in kindergarten Last year I used level 1 with my third grader who had not had any previous grammar instruction If a young child already had a basic understanding of the distinction between nouns and verbs I would probably skip level 1 and start with level 2 Note that the first month of level one requires some prep timeMy middle-school aged kids were having difficulty with indirect objects (taught with a different curriculum) so last year I started them at the level that first introduces that topic (level 4) They could easily have succeeded with a higher level but I wanted them to realize that this is not a difficult subject They often said at the end of a lesson �That�s it? Can we do another lesson?� so we worked through the book pretty quickly We are not in any rush to �cover� the material I want them to master it But we�re not going to dawdle eitherMy fifth grader started with level 3 last year � mainly because she didn�t feel it was fair to do the same level of work as the older kids but she certainly would have been capable She is doing level 6 this yearTHIS CURRICULUM ALSO INCLUDES WRITING INSTRUCTION Kids learn to write a 3-point paragraph then they learn to expand it to a 3-paragraph essay then to expand it to a 5-paragraph essay In level 6 they learn to do research papers This essay writing is very formulaic which is helpful for the beginning writer The �introduction� and �main point� paragraphs are acceptable; unfortunately the way �conclusion� paragraphs are taught leads to mediocre writing so it will be necessary to further develop their writing skills later by focusing on strong conclusions (for which I would recommend Jump In in 8th or 9th grade)Level 7 has not been modified for homeschoolers I would recommend completing level 6 then looking at the Shurley scope & sequence to determine whether you think additional grammar instruction is necessary
September 5, 2008

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