Complete Writer - Writing With Ease Workbook 4

Complete Writer - Writing With Ease Workbook 4

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ISBN: 9781933339313
Grades: 4-5

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Category Description for Complete Writer: Writing with Ease:

Writing With Ease provides easy-to-use materials for introducing this comprehensive writing approach to young students; an approach that understands the need for one-on-one instruction and focuses on copywork (putting words on paper) and narration (putting ideas into words) then ultimately combining the skills (Years 3 & 4). Complete Writer: Writing With Ease Strong Fundamentals - the text (recently revised and with new information) for Levels 1-4 is a program overview. The first section - Understanding the Program - describes the three stages of writing instruction and why most writing programs fail as well as a four-year scope and sequence concluding with a segment on where/how to begin. Included are some short diagnostic exercises to determine if an older reluctant-writing student will profit by some portions of the program. Next is a short but practical section outlining preschool and kindergarten language instruction. The bulk of the text provides the weekly lessons for each level (year). Each year is divided into segments with a varying number of weeks. Each of these segments starts with a detailed lesson plan for the first week; then "tweaked" plans for the rest of the segment's weeks (i.e., use slightly longer sentences for copywork; look for sentences that contain the proper names of days of the week and months of the year). Each year concludes with a mastery evaluation. Copywork sentences and narration excerpts are provided for each of these "first weeks" but not for the remaining weeks. There are several valuable appendices at the back of the Text - what to do after program completion, troubleshooting (wise advice on student's writing problems), frequently asked questions, and resource lists.

The Workbooks provide all the needed teacher preparation for each level making the program very user-friendly. The first half of each book is the teacher's portion. This comes close to being scripted with all lessons carefully detailed. Copywork and narration excerpts for each lesson are included with background information provided and comprehension questions (with possible answers) that lead the child comfortably into narration. The last half of the books are the Student Pages. Grade-appropriate writing space is provided on these pages along with copywork models. Occasionally, pen-and-ink illustrations brighten the pages. It is suggested that these be removed and given to the student but they are reproducible for family use (schools and co-ops need to make other arrangements with Well Trained Mind Press). You can also purchase the pack of Student Pages separately if that is more convenient for you. These come 3-hole punched and ready to place in a binder.

Throughout Writing With Ease, the author suggests repeating the dictations three times. Some students may be able to hold the dictations in their heads after three repetitions and that's great! However, many students will need additional repetitions. And, as you get into the more complex dictations, the author has found that most students will need you to say the dictation sentences additional times - maybe a number of additional times. Don't worry about repeating - it's best not to frustrate your young writer. However, the author suggests two rules - 1) always ask the student to repeat the sentence back to you before he goes back to writing and 2) always repeat the dictation assignment from the beginning (don't allow the student to write one word at a time as you "dictate" word by word.

There is a relationship between Writing With Ease and First Language Lessons (from the same author). Both share the same philosophy and while these writing skills are presented in FLL they are extensively developed and practiced in WWE. The WWE Text could be used independently of the WWE Workbooks with the parent/teacher selecting all their own copywork excerpts from other school material. Criteria for selection are provided with each lesson segment. Likewise, it might be possible, although perhaps not desirable, to use the Workbooks independently of the Text. They are designed to be used together and there is material in the Text that is not repeated in the Workbooks (at the beginning and end of the Text). However, all lesson material is carefully repeated in the Workbooks and often expanded in terms of teacher instruction. The Workbooks also provide the needed copywork models and narration excerpts for all lessons making them very comprehensive. ~ Janice

Category Description for Complete Writer:

Susan Wise Bauer has an opinion about how writing should be taught to children. Not surprising! With years of experience teaching writing at the college level, she knows that The Complete Writer is the one who has mastered the three stages of writing - Writing With Ease (combining the two distinct mental steps of putting ideas into words and putting words onto paper), Writing With Skill (learning to organize sentences into short compositions), and Writing With Style (the persuasive expression of ideas). Seven years ago, Peace Hill Press started publishing her writing courses that have an emphasis on this progression of skills. Now that The Complete Writer sequenced writing program (Writing With Ease and Writing With Skill) has been used by thousands of parents/students, Mrs. Bauer has gathered excellent feedback about their experience with her program. And, to her credit, she's "tweaking" her recommendations a bit to conform to that feedback. For instance, although the Writing With Ease series was designed to be used for four consecutive years, she is now suggesting that many - perhaps most - students will be prepared after the first three levels to progress into the Writing With Skill books. Likewise, she now suggests that fifth grade is probably on the young side to begin the Writing With Skill series.

It's easy to see that these recommendations mess with the previous neat symmetry of the program (four levels of WWE, then three levels of WWS). Not to worry! Mrs. Bauer suggests you can 1) slow down WWE-3 and cover that course over two years, 2) continue narrations and summaries across the curriculum, or 3) insert another writing curriculum - maybe creative writing - into the 1-2 year gap. [See our website for a chart listing four possible progressions.] And, if you're not certain if your student is ready to progress, she provides mastery evaluations for each level (in the WWE Text) that will help you make that determination. These diagnostic evaluations are also very helpful if you have an older student that you want to integrate into the program at an appropriate level or if you have an older, reluctant writer that needs to "go back to the basics" and acquire some necessary beginning skills.

The Writing With Ease and the Writing With Skill programs make it possible for any parent to become a writing teacher - no experience needed! The beginning levels are scripted with later levels focused on the student becoming an independent writer; the parent functioning as a writing mentor. Although each level is designed as a year long course, they are flexible and you can use your own discretion as to the speed at which you progress through them.

Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.

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My son has a weakness in writing and we use a lot of Susan Bauer's curriculums. We wanted to give this one a try.
Anna B on Apr 10, 2022
Excellent series. Continuing on to the final level. We plan to go into the Writing with Skill series the following year.
Rebecca on Jul 10, 2020
My son has a weakness in writing and we use a lot of Susan Bauer's curriculums. We wanted to give this one a try.
Anna B on Apr 10, 2022
our family has had great success using the Writing with Ease curriculum
Christina T on Jul 12, 2021
Excellent series. Continuing on to the final level. We plan to go into the Writing with Skill series the following year.
Rebecca on Jul 10, 2020
Easy to use and easy to teach
Anna H on Apr 29, 2020
I like how it focuses on summarizing and main ideas in book 3.
Michelle A on Mar 26, 2020
SWB stuff is promising...
Martha P on Jun 24, 2019
I am looking for a classical approach to my homeschool teaching.
Alicia D on Apr 12, 2019
Daughter uses concepts learned in WWE in her writing for other classes and doesn't realize it, comes natural now. Exposure to great variety of classic books.
Michelle S on Jan 19, 2019
I have used the earlier levels of the program but think my student could use more practice with narration prior to Writing With Skill.
Stefanie B on Aug 8, 2018
Required by school - Veritas Academy in Austin, TX
Carlye B on Aug 15, 2017
I wanted to try a more structured writing program this year, so we're giving this a try. We've heard great things.
Jamie H on Jul 1, 2017
It's part of The Well-Trained Mind curriculum, which we enjoy, and have found to work very well with our children.
Jessie B on Jun 23, 2017
I can't say enough about how important it is to build the ability to narrate. This is a skill that will serve your kids well into their college years.
Leda P on Apr 21, 2017
I cannot afford IEW.... so I was looking for something more affordable, lessons in bite sizes, nicely incremental, with a good trajectory for Language Arts and Writing Comp. Not too easy, but not too bogged down either. I'm schooling 5 boys so I'm looking for something that builds gently and solidly. I've done Easy Grammar, which is pretty great and stress free. I want to give the First Language Lessons and Complete Writer Series a try. We will also be adding in Fix It Grammar for fun. Enjoy!
Kirstin G on Mar 9, 2017
Love the scripted instructions for the teacher, the great reading selections. A no-tears writing approach giving the kid all he needs to produce writing at his level (re-telling a story instead of coming up with it). The philosophy understands the 3 components of writing: putting thoughts into words - putting words on paper - mechanics of handwriting - and doesn't overwhelm the child with all 3 at once.
Susana F on Aug 10, 2016
I love this program and used WWE Level 1-3 with 3 of my kids. One son has learning disabilities. This gives him practice with good writing (we do copywork instead of dictations) and a lot of practice finding the main point and summarizing. (The book calls it narration). Unlike creative writing, kids don't need to invent their own subjects and topics; they read segments of good fiction or non-fiction and write summaries from these. The program is a helpful foundation.
Christine F on Jul 8, 2016
We used level 3 last year and loved it.
Ronald H on Jul 5, 2016
We have used the writing with ease books from the beginning and enjoy the format and content.
User on May 31, 2016
i liked level 3
James M on Jan 2, 2016
We like her grammar books.
Jill M on Nov 20, 2015
My daughter is using level 1 and is doing very well with it and I wanted to try it for my son who is struggling with his other English program.
Heidi F on Nov 18, 2015
our family has had great success using the Writing with Ease curriculum
Christina T on Jul 12, 2021
Easy to use and easy to teach
Anna H on Apr 29, 2020
Are students really expected to listen to a whole paragraph only three times and be able to write the whole thing from memory by Level 4? My son has a great memory, but I don't see him being able to do this.
Laura on Mar 4, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Well, that IS what the instructions say, but my son can't do it, even though he's a good student (and asked me to get this optional book instead of trying something different before we start Writing with Skill). We do MANY more repetitions and often split it in two parts. Frankly, I doubt I could do it. When you add in sibling interruptions and other distractions, it is nearly impossible. My son also is always trying to rephrase the sentence, which I hope will be helpful later on with original writing but makes dictation extra challenging.
If I have a 5th Grader who has not used this curriculum, would we need to start with level 1?
Laura on Mar 4, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hi. I've used Level 1-4 with my two kids. According to Susan Wise Bauer, Level 4 is really for extra practice if you feel your 4th grader needs more. In The Well-Trained Mind, she recommends moving into Institute for Excellence writing courses in 4th or 5th grade if you've been using Writing with Ease. I started that in the 2nd semester this year with my 5th and 3rd graders. If you really want to use Writing with Ease for one year you can use Level 4 for a 5th grader. The main differences between the levels are the level of reading needed for the passages and in level 1,2, and the first half of 3 to help with the summaries you ask the student questions about what they read before you write the summary for them while they dictate it to you. In the 2nd half of level 3 and level 4 the students no longer have a series of questions to help the them organize what they read in their mind, and they write their summaries rather than dictating them. I hope this helps.
Would I need to add grammar and spelling to this?
Ashley on Sep 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I use First Language Lessons by The Well-Trained Mind through fourth grade and Grammar for the Well Trained Mind for 5th-8th grade. For spelling I use the Spelling Workout series. The Writing With Ease series helps teach your child to find the main points in a story and summarize as well as to listen through dictation exercises. You may want to look into the Institute for Excellence (IEW) for fourth grade or above. Susan Wise-Bauer suggests IEW for fourth grade and up in her book The Well-Trained Mind. I'm planning on moving into that with my fifth grader.
For what age level is this (level 4) appropriate?
Gretchen on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Depends on the child's writing ability.

This Lvl isn't even required it's more so for review and strengthen skills.

My daughter is grade 4 ( 9 years old ) and suits her well. I will be using it for my next 3 children as well. I have all Lvls
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The stories are fun. They encourage reading and independent writing. Happy with curriculum.
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