Grammar & Writing 4 Complete H/S Kit

Grammar & Writing 4 Complete H/S Kit

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ISBN: 9780544129269
Grades: 4

Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.




Category Description for Saxon Grammar & Writing:

If it looks like Saxon and teaches like Saxon, does that mean it is Saxon? As a matter of fact, it does. But it started out as Hake Grammar and Writing. Stephen Hake, long associated with Saxon math (since 1984), realized that the effective Saxon teaching methodology of incremental development and continual review would also produce strong language arts instruction and found authors to develop the series. The fact that the overseeing author is his wife, Mary (a former teacher and homeschool parent), suggests that there is a "rest of the story" lurking under the surface. Now the program has officially come to rest under the Saxon banner as they've assumed its publication and distribution. Grade 4 has been newly released for 2013, as well as a revised and updated 2nd edition of Grades 5-8. The 2nd edition of the program has been revised and updated to meet Common Core Standards for Language and Writing and also features several more writing lessons in each level. The 1st edition will continue to be available and we will be stocking both editions.

Taking a good look at the program, it's not hard to see the Saxon influence. The textbooks have the look of some of the Saxon texts. Turning to the table of contents, the similarity gets even stronger - there are lists of lessons rather than units or chapters. The uncluttered black and white appearance of text pages is also familiar. Don't stop here! The organizational structure of the program and its components is very Saxon-esque - carefully sequenced and incremental lessons coupled with continual review. The text is written directly to the student. Lessons include a teaching sequence with examples, related practice, and review. Tests are periodic and cumulative. Another similarity is the obvious commitment to a rigorous and thorough scope and sequence. In short, what we have here is a grammar and writing program which embodies all the strengths of the Saxon methodology; one that is user-friendly, academically rigorous, and doable - all at the same time.

In general, the scope and sequence starts with the basics - parts of speech, types of sentences, basic capitalization and punctuation, sentence and paragraph construction - and progresses systematically and structurally through the intricacies of the American language with the goal of elegant and effective writing. Skills are carefully sequenced, building one upon another, then thoroughly (some might be tempted to say exhaustively) reviewed. As we've seen with Saxon math, this type of content structuring produces competence and retention. I think there will be an added advantage applying this approach to language arts. Often the big picture of language arts is totally missed by using a workbook for vocabulary, one for spelling, another for grammar, and a totally different writing program. In Saxon (Hake) Grammar & Writing, it's possible to see how each component works together to produce an accomplished and skilled scholar. An 8th grade "graduate" of this series will have all the skills needed to tackle high school (or even college) writing assignments - which undoubtedly brings up questions about jumping in midstream or using the program with younger or older students. The 5th grade book could be used with a strong 4th grader. Likewise, the 8th grade course could be used effectively by any high school (or adult) student whose coverage of grammar and writing topics has been scattered or light or irregular and who needs a thorough review. The "jumping in" question is a little harder to address. If a student has had a fair amount of grammar/writing instruction then they could probably start at grade level in this series. There is plenty of review providing an opportunity to "re-teach" some concepts. However, if a student has had very little grammar or writing instruction, he will probably be much more comfortable starting with the 4th or 5th grade book.

The Student Textbook is a softbound grammar text that includes 100-115 grammar lessons (number varies per grade). Dictation or journal writing is a daily assignment. Students start each week by copying a dictation passage (found in the text's appendix). The expectation is that they will study the passage during the week and be prepared to write it from dictation with correct spelling and punctuation at the end of week. Students write on a journal topic for the three remaining days each week (list of topics are also found in the text appendix). This sequence is designed to take about five minutes each day. Following this process, each of the grammar lessons starts with a vocabulary segment. Lesson 41 of the 6th grade book looks at the prefix mal- along with some example usages. Lesson 84 of the 8th grade book looks at the history of the adjectives procrustean and protean. [Interesting stuff since both words trace their meaning to Greek legends or literature.] After vocabulary, the lesson's teaching sequence is next. For instance, Lesson 60 of the 8th grade book covers the use of the comma in compound sentences and direct quotations. Reviewing the definition of a compound sentence, comma placement is discussed along with mentioning that a list of seven coordinating conjunctions should have been memorized. Next comes two sets of examples. The student is to identify the coordinating conjunction in three sentences and then properly insert a comma in the next two. Answers for each are provided immediately following. The teaching sequence for commas in direct quotations includes illustrating samples before the student is asked to rewrite two example sentences inserting commas as needed. Proper solutions are clearly explained. The practice set for this lesson contains 12 sentences. Sometimes the student is only required to identify a word, sometimes to rewrite the sentences. In this set there are four questions concerning the vocabulary words. Some lessons (but not all) contain a More Practice worksheet (found in the Student Workbook). Some of the More Practice worksheets (called Silly Stories in some levels and Hysterical Fiction in others) are a Mad-Libs-type of activity. The last portion of Lesson 60 is the review set - 30 questions. These include vocabulary, usage, spelling, sentence combining and rephrasing, rewriting for correct punctuation and usage, sentence type and parts of speech identification, and others. The last two sentences are typically diagramming practice. (Diagramming is a significant portion of the instruction with several lessons in each level providing the necessary instruction.) One of the nice features of this review set is the micro-size subtexts attached to each review question. These refer back to the lesson where the concept being reviewed was introduced. This text is non-consumable, as there are no spaces purposely left for rewriting or diagramming. However, white space in general is generous and some might choose to allow students to write in the book.

The softcover Student Workbook contains the writing lessons as well as the More Practice worksheets. Lessons follow a familiar pattern - a teaching sequence coupled with analysis questions (various sample passages are analyzed), some examples to work with solutions, and practice and review exercises. These exercises include writing assignments, analysis exercises, and sentence rewriting. Although starting with sentence and paragraph construction, the lessons sequence into essays, the various forms of writing, and the writing process. Both creative and academic writing are covered in all levels with an increasing emphasis on research writing as the grades progress. Self-evaluation forms are included for each writing assignment. The student is encouraged to prepare and keep a binder with journal entries and writing assignments.

The Teacher Packet includes a short message to the teacher (how-tos), a complete set of answer keys (for the textbook practice and review sets, writing lessons, tests, and more practice worksheets), and test masters. The suggested class schedule for each course is a test after five grammar lessons (starting with the tenth lesson). Students also complete a writing lesson on test days. Sometimes writing lessons are grouped to allow a specific skill set to be brought to completion (i.e. writing a persuasive essay). When this happens the schedule flexes to accommodate several days of writing lessons before continuing on with the grammar portion. There is a detailed schedule for setting up these lessons as well as a very helpful topical listing of the textbook contents which would serve as a type of scope and sequence.

If you love Saxon math and regretted there was nothing quite like it for language arts (I've talked to moms with this lament), then you will be a happy camper. If you've never heard of Saxon but just want a carefully sequenced, thorough, and comprehensive approach to language arts, you'll also be a happy camper. Camping anyone? ~ Janice




Category Description for Saxon Grammar & Writing 2nd Edition:

The 2nd edition of the program has been revised and updated to meet Common Core Standards for Language and Writing and also features several more writing lessons in each level. The 1st edition will continue to be available and we will be stocking both editions.

Taking a good look at the program, it's not hard to see the Saxon influence. The textbooks have the look of some of the Saxon texts. Turning to the table of contents, the similarity gets even stronger - there are lists of lessons rather than units or chapters. The uncluttered black and white appearance of text pages is also familiar. Don't stop here! The organizational structure of the program and its components is very Saxon-esque - carefully sequenced and incremental lessons coupled with continual review. The text is written directly to the student. Lessons include a teaching sequence with examples, related practice, and review. Tests are periodic and cumulative. Another similarity is the obvious commitment to a rigorous and thorough scope and sequence. In short, what we have here is a grammar and writing program which embodies all the strengths of the Saxon methodology; one that is user-friendly, academically rigorous, and doable - all at the same time.

In general, the scope and sequence starts with the basics - parts of speech, types of sentences, basic capitalization and punctuation, sentence and paragraph construction - and progresses systematically and structurally through the intricacies of the American language with the goal of elegant and effective writing. Skills are carefully sequenced, building one upon another, then thoroughly (some might be tempted to say exhaustively) reviewed. As we've seen with Saxon math, this type of content structuring produces competence and retention. I think there will be an added advantage applying this approach to language arts. Often the big picture of language arts is totally missed by using a workbook for vocabulary, one for spelling, another for grammar, and a totally different writing program. In Saxon (Hake) Grammar & Writing, it's possible to see how each component works together to produce an accomplished and skilled scholar. An 8th grade "graduate" of this series will have all the skills needed to tackle high school (or even college) writing assignments - which undoubtedly brings up questions about jumping in midstream or using the program with younger or older students. The 5th grade book could be used with a strong 4th grader. Likewise, the 8th grade course could be used effectively by any high school (or adult) student whose coverage of grammar and writing topics has been scattered or light or irregular and who needs a thorough review. The "jumping in" question is a little harder to address. If a student has had a fair amount of grammar/writing instruction then they could probably start at grade level in this series. There is plenty of review providing an opportunity to "re-teach" some concepts. However, if a student has had very little grammar or writing instruction, he will probably be much more comfortable starting with the 4th or 5th grade book.

The Student Textbook is a softbound grammar text that includes 100-115 grammar lessons (number varies per grade). Dictation or journal writing is a daily assignment. Students start each week by copying a dictation passage (found in the text's appendix). The expectation is that they will study the passage during the week and be prepared to write it from dictation with correct spelling and punctuation at the end of week. Students write on a journal topic for the three remaining days each week (list of topics are also found in the text appendix). This sequence is designed to take about five minutes each day. Following this process, each of the grammar lessons starts with a vocabulary segment. Lesson 41 of the 6th grade book looks at the prefix mal- along with some example usages. Lesson 84 of the 8th grade book looks at the history of the adjectives procrustean and protean. [Interesting stuff since both words trace their meaning to Greek legends or literature.] After vocabulary, the lesson's teaching sequence is next. For instance, Lesson 60 of the 8th grade book covers the use of the comma in compound sentences and direct quotations. Reviewing the definition of a compound sentence, comma placement is discussed along with mentioning that a list of seven coordinating conjunctions should have been memorized. Next comes two sets of examples. The student is to identify the coordinating conjunction in three sentences and then properly insert a comma in the next two. Answers for each are provided immediately following. The teaching sequence for commas in direct quotations includes illustrating samples before the student is asked to rewrite two example sentences inserting commas as needed. Proper solutions are clearly explained. The practice set for this lesson contains 12 sentences. Sometimes the student is only required to identify a word, sometimes to rewrite the sentences. In this set there are four questions concerning the vocabulary words. Some lessons (but not all) contain a More Practice worksheet (found in the Student Workbook). Some of the More Practice worksheets (called Silly Stories in some levels and Hysterical Fiction in others) are a Mad-Libs-type of activity. The last portion of Lesson 60 is the review set - 30 questions. These include vocabulary, usage, spelling, sentence combining and rephrasing, rewriting for correct punctuation and usage, sentence type and parts of speech identification, and others. The last two sentences are typically diagramming practice. (Diagramming is a significant portion of the instruction with several lessons in each level providing the necessary instruction.) One of the nice features of this review set is the micro-size subtexts attached to each review question. These refer back to the lesson where the concept being reviewed was introduced. This text is non-consumable, as there are no spaces purposely left for rewriting or diagramming. However, white space in general is generous and some might choose to allow students to write in the book.

The softcover Student Workbook contains the writing lessons as well as the More Practice worksheets. Lessons follow a familiar pattern - a teaching sequence coupled with analysis questions (various sample passages are analyzed), some examples to work with solutions, and practice and review exercises. These exercises include writing assignments, analysis exercises, and sentence rewriting. Although starting with sentence and paragraph construction, the lessons sequence into essays, the various forms of writing, and the writing process. Both creative and academic writing are covered in all levels with an increasing emphasis on research writing as the grades progress. Self-evaluation forms are included for each writing assignment. The student is encouraged to prepare and keep a binder with journal entries and writing assignments.

The Teacher Packet includes a short message to the teacher (how-tos), a complete set of answer keys (for the textbook practice and review sets, writing lessons, tests, and more practice worksheets), and test masters. The suggested class schedule for each course is a test after five grammar lessons (starting with the tenth lesson). Students also complete a writing lesson on test days. Sometimes writing lessons are grouped to allow a specific skill set to be brought to completion (i.e. writing a persuasive essay). When this happens the schedule flexes to accommodate several days of writing lessons before continuing on with the grammar portion. There is a detailed schedule for setting up these lessons as well as a very helpful topical listing of the textbook contents which would serve as a type of scope and sequence.

If you love Saxon math and regretted there was nothing quite like it for language arts (I've talked to moms with this lament), then you will be a happy camper. If you've never heard of Saxon but just want a carefully sequenced, thorough, and comprehensive approach to language arts, you'll also be a happy camper. Camping anyone? ~ Janice




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade
4
ISBN
9780544129269
Format
Softcover Book Set
Brand Name
Saxon Publishers
Weight
4.4 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.75" x 8.25" x 1.75"
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I chose this kit for the extra help it will provide for my student. I chose Rainbow Resources because of their outstanding reputation and customer service. :-)
Joyus User hus... on Dec 30, 2019
my children enjoyed saxon math so we decided to give their grammar and writing a try.
chelsey g on Oct 5, 2019
I chose this kit for the extra help it will provide for my student. I chose Rainbow Resources because of their outstanding reputation and customer service. :-)
Joyus User hus... on Dec 30, 2019
Trying something new. Love Saxon math, hoping this meets our LA needs.
Natalie on Oct 14, 2019
my children enjoyed saxon math so we decided to give their grammar and writing a try.
chelsey g on Oct 5, 2019
Love Saxon Math and this seems just as easy to use, comprehensive and "doable."
Tina F on Aug 26, 2019
I love the spiral learning and the fact that the problems are referenced back to where they were first learned.
Karina P on Aug 9, 2019
Saxon reputation and online reviews.
Sini T on Feb 23, 2019
I have read and heard good reviews about this company and seemed appropriate for my 4th grader
Laeila K on Oct 26, 2018
recommended by friends
Miao L on Mar 23, 2018
BETTER PRICES!
anna g on Feb 20, 2018
loved the math, and their teaching method!
erika r on Jan 24, 2018
Because we have used this before with another child and liked it.
scott w on Jan 22, 2018
Because they didn't have 3rd grade in this version. We have not yet completed it & had to try a different method to pick up what she hadn't learned.
Tia J on Dec 14, 2017
I wanted a complete language arts curriculum that my child could read and study independently.
Amanda L R on Dec 5, 2017
I like Saxon Math and wanted to give this a try.
Wendy J on Nov 20, 2017
I love Saxon Math for homeschool so I was interested in trying out Saxon Grammar and Writing for my 4th grader.
Sonya K on Aug 10, 2017
Recommended by Cathy Duffy
Kimberly M on May 14, 2017
Recommended by member of the SEA Homeschool Facebook group.
Angela B on Apr 27, 2017
composition study/teaching for 4th grade student
Michelle G on Feb 1, 2017
Home School
Aaron M on Jan 10, 2017
I really like Saxon Math, so I am going to give their Grammar and Writing series a try.
Julia D on Nov 27, 2016
reviews and samples online
marla p on Aug 13, 2016
decided to try this after knowing how much we love the math books
Stephen S on Aug 7, 2016
I have used this series for several years with my daughter and older grandchildren. Now I'm starting on it with a younger grandchild.
Debbie W on Jul 7, 2016
Preview for next year
DebB on Apr 6, 2016
Interested in grammar & writing books. You all have better prices in reference to this book
Lenease A on Apr 3, 2016
LOVE the Saxon approach!!
Michelle A on Mar 10, 2016
Love this Grammar curriculum
Beth M on Feb 17, 2016
Saxon has always proven success. I saw samples of this and good reviews on the Internet. It uses spiral approach and teaches writing also. I think the review of material throughout the year would benefit my child. It was one of Carhy Duffy's top 102 homeschool picks.
Telesia B on Jan 17, 2016
We love the Saxon Math system and were very unhappy with a different "Brand" of language arts textbooks. We're hoping that the Saxon L.A. system is just as wonderful as the math!
Katie G on Jan 3, 2016
Borrowed it from a friend. Liked the look of it. She vouched for its efficacy.
Marsha G on Dec 17, 2015
English curriculum for coming year. High reviews.
Kathryn B on Nov 14, 2015
Trying something new. Love Saxon math, hoping this meets our LA needs.
Natalie on Oct 14, 2019
Love Saxon Math and this seems just as easy to use, comprehensive and "doable."
Tina F on Aug 26, 2019
What level should we start on? My daughter is in 7th grade but has a hard time with Grammar. We love Saxon so I know this will work for us. Would 5th grade be best so she can catch up?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I am running my 9th, 7th, 5th and 3rd grade kids through the Grammar 4 at the same time. I expect my older two will be able to do 2 or more lessons a day, since their writing skills are better. That means they will hit the 5 book sooner than the youngers, and then the 6, etc. Anytime I am catching them up on something, I usually set a minimum number of lessons per day based on age and skills, and they can do more if they want. With the grammar, I want them to come out as card-carrying Grammar Police hahaha! So, even though they could have started at 5, I did 4 for the extra practice.
What ages is this best for?
A shopper on Jun 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have used saxon MATH for years. But this is the first year we used saxon grammar. I really liked the review as well as the inclusion of composition. We used the 4th grade books with our son. He turned 7 half way through the year, but is doing mostly 3rd grade work. However i wanted to try saxon grammar and this was the youngest set saxon had, so we got it. He is a good reader and did well. Some of the lessons, he read completely on his own and understood fully, but some he did not understand without my help. He did struggle some on the tests, getting frequently in the 70% range. I plan to use this book again with him next year as that will really be his 4th grade year anyway and i want him to have a chance to get the information better. If your child does well in school, this could be used for 3rd or 4th grade. It is challenging, but very well written and organized. If i could change anything, i wish it included more literature and i wish it had the easy grammar approach of having the student first find the prepositional phrase. But, if they use Easy Grammar at younger ages and then switch in 4th grade to saxon, i think that would be good.
If I have twins, which portion will I need to purchase in multiple?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Both the textbook and the student workbook would be needed for each student unless you planned to photo copy each lesson. In the textbook for each lesson there is a dictation/journal entry that is usually two vocabulary words, and this is followed by the lesson (for example Lesson 48 is over Coordinating Conjunctions so it defines those, gives examples, has practice problems where the student fills in the blank, and then has a review set which could ask questions regarding this lesson, and also go all the way back to the beginning lessons, reinforcing skills along the way. It doesn't specially say "textbook" on the larger book, but it's listed on this website as textbook.
Does this include reading instruction?
A shopper on Oct 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, there is no direct reading instruction. It does include 2 vocabulary words for each lesson (usually homonyms or easily confused or somehow related words). I would not recommend using this with students who are still learning to read. It is pretty heavy grammar practice that might really frustrate kids still learning to read. The practice questions are meant to be read by the student for the most part and there is a prepared dictation component as well as tests and writing assignments.
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Excellent, thorough, advanced, easy to use. It reviews previous lessons daily for long-term memory.
October 17, 2019
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Works for all my kiddos
I have been using Grammar and Writing for all 4 of my kiddos. Even though they have different learning styles, this caters to them all. It is definitely more student-taught lessons, which works well for our home. I am there to answer questions and guide when needed, but my kiddos learn on their own. Teaches adulting!
October 9, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
Needs help with teacher resources
I like the methodical way that’s saxson brings to grammar. The book is well written and thorough. I would have given 5 star if it had been a bit easier to figure out HOW to teach the curriculum. I had to spend quite a bit of time trying to figure out where the different book sections were and how to navigate the school year.
June 26, 2019
Purchased
10 months ago
Grammar & Writing 4 Complete H/S Kit
Great books, easy to follow instructions with lots of practice exercises.
October 17, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Complete program
I do love the Saxon method of review and the vocabulary in each lesson is great. The writing portion could be better, but it covers the basics.
October 12, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
We love Saxon Grammar and Writing
Saxon Grammar and Writing has been amazing for our family! My daughter, who is an advanced reader but a struggling writer, is thriving with the bite sized chunks of grammar and smaller writing assignments. It has changed her into a successful writer with the skills to write anything!
September 5, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Works for me!
As a lover of Saxon math for decades, I decided to try this grammar program. It was easy to use, circular, and covers the important scope and sequence areas!
April 28, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
This works!
My son has struggled with retaining grammar concepts. Using Saxon's has boosted his confidence and given him a much better understanding of the English language. He actually enjoys Language Arts!
April 14, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Exactly what we needed.
The format of this curriculum is very much like the Saxon math. This has worked very well for both my math-gifted daughter and my math challenged daughter. The grammar and writing has served the same purpose for my youngest. However, I have tweaked the program by not trying to do a lesson every day. We do one lesson every week and use all the exercises. The reinforcement is very important to her really understanding and remembering the rules. I wish I had seen this earlier.
March 11, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Spiral method of Grammer
This book takes it one step at a time to teach Grammer and there is a separate workbook to teach writing. There is a lesson plan in the book that tells you when to teach what. Writing isn't everyday. You dos many Grammer lessons and a writing lesson. Spelling is in the form of dictation that they practice during the week.
February 16, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago

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