Wordsmith / Janie B. Cheaney (3rd Ed.)

Wordsmith / Janie B. Cheaney (3rd Ed.)

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ISBN: 9781929683352
Grades: 7-9

Product Description:

This course book has been revised, and this new edition features additional exercises and examples, an expanded section on writing short stories, additional explanation and examples of revision, and review/practice quizzes. 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.

Publisher Description:

For seventh grade skills and up, Wordsmith is the perfect companion to Learning Language Arts Through Literature. For young people who want to improve their writing skills, step-by-step instructions are provided that will help any writer improve his techniques. The introduction provides a brief review of grammar followed by instruction on building stronger sentences, exercise in descriptive and narrative writing, creating dialogue, story writing, and writing from a particular point of view. Plus, the essential skills of every good writer, practice in proofreading and revising.

Category Description for Wordsmith (6-9):

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.




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.


Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
7
Grade End
9
ISBN
9781929683352
Author
Janey B. Chaney
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Common Sense Press
Weight
0.8 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.31"
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Recommended to help with teaching and get back to basics for my older kids
Adrienne J on Oct 23, 2021
Used it before and loved it! So did my kids!
Kerra S on Aug 14, 2020
Recommended to help with teaching and get back to basics for my older kids
Adrienne J on Oct 23, 2021
We used Wordsmith Apprentice when my boys were in elementary school -- and they enjoyed it every much -- so now we're moving on up to the next level with Wordsmith!
Sara K on Dec 10, 2020
Used it before and loved it! So did my kids!
Kerra S on Aug 14, 2020
The description says that this course teaches the mechanics of writing as well as the qualities that make a written piece great vs good. From what I've read, it only focuses on creative writing. From what I saw in the sample pages, it speaks to the student simply, with humor and uses examples that are very easy to imitate.
Julie S on Aug 8, 2020
We loved the Apprentice & are excited to try the next level.
Celeste D on May 2, 2020
Hoping to use this in between IEW classes with a rising 6th grader to polish her composition skills. Highly recommended by Cathy Duffy.
Yolanda on Mar 21, 2020
We used Wordsmith Apprentice (the first book) for multiple children of different ages and really liked it. Looking forward to this one.
Kimberly C on Sep 11, 2019
I was looking for a good writing program, and this looks like one my children will enjoy.
Alan A on Aug 7, 2019
I have used WordSmith with another child and love the gentle lessons.
User on Jul 17, 2019
because of cathy duffy recommendation
Carrie S on Jul 16, 2019
I used to read Janie B. Cheaney's column in _World_ magazine. She is an excellent writer, so I am excited to try her writing program with my boys.
Kelli B on Jul 9, 2019
Wanting to build a solid foundation for a student who doesn't enjoy writing.
Susan K on Jun 17, 2019
This has been a great curriculum. Ordering again for my youngest child.
Lisa Krentz on Feb 11, 2019
This workbook was recommended to me by a friend who is a English teacher.
Maggie K on Oct 19, 2018
Recommended by a friend
Roxanne B on Sep 2, 2018
We used Wordsmith years ago and now I am going to give it a go with my younger kids.
Noreen L on Aug 30, 2018
For homeschool curriculum
Daniel D on Aug 23, 2018
Required for an Eng. class
Melissa B on Jul 25, 2018
Homeschooling two reluctant writers, one with dysgraphia. Reviews convinced me that this series was a solid resource to use.
Marion S on Apr 19, 2018
Great reviews
Michelle C on Nov 6, 2017
Needed for class. Good book, easy to read.
Sandra W on Oct 26, 2017
I chose this curriculum for my 9th grader to upgrade and enhance his writing skills.
Rachel M on Oct 21, 2017
My daughter enjoys creative writing so for LA this year I wanted to choose a book that focuses on that.
Tracey F on Aug 19, 2017
I noticed it was one of Cathy Duffy Review picks! I have been looking for an inexpensive writing program for awhile and I am hoping this one does the trick.
Kristina D on Jul 2, 2017
After reading reviews, I am trying this as an independent writing curriculum for my child.
Stephanie U on Apr 4, 2017
I used Wordsmith Apprentice and liked it.
Deborah S on Dec 17, 2016
recommended by cathy duffy reviews
Lydia J on Sep 23, 2016
Great reviews.
Winston D on Sep 5, 2016
Great for learning to write
Randall M on Aug 24, 2016
Suggested to me to get
Carol K on Aug 16, 2016
Recommended by writing teacher
Lynn Y on Aug 7, 2016
Suggested by St Thomas Aquinas Academy, our home school guide.
Melissa S on Jul 30, 2016
have heard many good things about this book
Justine C on Jul 19, 2016
This looks to be done in a fun way that might keep my perpetually bored son interested.
User on Jul 9, 2016
I chose this because I used it for my older son and he did excellent with it.
PATRICIA H on May 31, 2016
My three kids enjoyed Wordsmith Apprentice, so we are continuing with the series. I have one natural writer, one reluctant writer and one beginning writer. I am hoping to keep my sanity by using one teacher's guide and keep all the lessons together, while working with them on their individual levels. I like how the teacher guide is laid out. I also like that this program covers sentence diagramming/parsing. We will be using Easy Grammar Ultimate series to accompany this writing program.
Tamsen on May 26, 2016
used it before and needed the student book again. best prices
Tami G on May 20, 2016
We finished Wordsmith Apprentice and since we all enjoyed this workbook we decided to move onto the next level.
Misty S on May 3, 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
looked like a fun way to teach writing
Rebecca C on Nov 23, 2015
recommended by a friend
Lee F on Nov 20, 2015
Cathy Duffy recommendation
Beth W on Oct 21, 2015
Review on Cathy Duffy reviews, competitive pricing, ease of use
Kim B on Oct 6, 2015
We used Wordsmith Apprentice when my boys were in elementary school -- and they enjoyed it every much -- so now we're moving on up to the next level with Wordsmith!
Sara K on Dec 10, 2020
The description says that this course teaches the mechanics of writing as well as the qualities that make a written piece great vs good. From what I've read, it only focuses on creative writing. From what I saw in the sample pages, it speaks to the student simply, with humor and uses examples that are very easy to imitate.
Julie S on Aug 8, 2020
Are these books intended to be written in or can I use the same one for two students?
User on Feb 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They have pages that are to be written on, so it is consumable. I feel that you could probably use one book with two kids, if you just had them write on separate pieces of paper. I guess it depends on your kids.
Do you really need the teacher's guide with these books?
A shopper on Sep 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In my opinion, no. I have the teacher's guide, but it was really not helpful at all in the way I'd hoped. The teacher's guide does contain some possible answers for the review quizzes at the very end of the student book. Otherwise, the main point of the teacher's guide is to break down what to do each day. In my opinion, you can easily do this yourself, by just having the student work through the book (reading/writing/revising) 4 days/week! :)
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So Far So Good...
We only just started using this book but my girls seem to enjoy it so far.
August 1, 2017
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Rated 5 out of 5
Finally a writing curriculum that doesn�t elicit moans from my children! While other curriculums have depressed even my creative willing writer this is a breath of fresh air The text is conversational written to the student (and at their level) is engaging and actually fun Assignments are not vague airy-fairy concepts that only cause frustration for students and parents alike They are well-defined projects with ample instruction and clear examples We�ve used Wordsmith Apprentice Wordsmith and plan to incorporate Wordsmith Craftsman into our high school curriculum either later this year or next
September 5, 2013


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