Write With the Best Vol. 2/Model Great Author

Write With the Best Vol. 2/Model Great Author

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Item #: 019034
ISBN: 9780980030228
Grades: 6-12

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This second volume follows the same thorough format as the original but has some enhancements as well. It has a larger answer key and contains proofreading checklists for each genre. Eight separate units cover twelve writing categories, with examples from great writers:

  • Emily Dickinson (Writing Free Verse Poetry)
  • Helen Keller (Writing a Business Letter)
  • Thomas Paine (Persuasive Essay)
  • Francis Bacon (Expository Essay)
  • Edgar Allan Poe of Hawthorne's Twice Told Tales (Literary Critique)
  • William Howells of Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Book Review)
  • Ernest Hemingway (Newspaper Article)
  • Marcus Tullius Cicero (Writing a Speech)
  • William Shakespeare (Writing a Dramatic Monologue)
  • Other Examples of Taking Notes, Writing Outlines, and Writing Summaries
  • Daily steps, which are concise, clear, and follow the same general format as the first volume, teach students how to write in these genres and how to become proficient in proofreading and literary analysis. ~ Rachel S.

    Category Description for Write with the Best:

    "Modeling Writing after Great Works of World Literature Vol. 1" . If you're learning to write, why not learn from the best? It's a great concept that's well-implemented in this new writing offering by Jill J. Dixon, B.S. Ed., M.Ed. Focusing on descriptive writing, Jill has chosen some of the best literary passages as models, including excerpts from: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Describing an Object) A Christmas Carol (Describing a Place) Robinson Crusoe (Describing a Character) Wind in the Willows (Writing a Dialogue) "Gift of the Magi" (Writing a Short Story) "Ants and the Grasshopper" and "Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf" (Writing a Fable) "Paul Revere's Ride (Writing Poetry - Ballad or Narrative) Each of these nine units is broken into ten 15-to-45-minute daily lessons - though Jill cautions not to progress too quickly if a child has not mastered a skill. Objectives for each day are asterisked and should be read by the teacher before beginning each unit. Since lessons are addressed directly to the student, the program will require minimal teacher time in actually completing each lesson. You will need to do some preparatory instruction, dictation (once per unit), and check work completed. Each unit begins with an excerpt from a "classic", includes a good amount of grammar (parts of speech) instruction, some mechanics, has the student find another good example of the genre being studied (and doing some comparative / grammatical analysis), and culminates with student writing and proofreading. Every unit also includes a dictation exercise from the included (or another) classic excerpt. The student is then to check his result against the written copy. Units are systematic, instruction is clear, and the whole course is well-organized and ready to pick up and go. Jill has included several helps and references also, in the back of the volume. The first is a sheet on "The Characteristics that Make the Best Writing The Best". This is used as the basis for discussion of supplied and found excerpts. A proofreading checklist is included to encourage and help with self-editing. For the parent is a helpful sheet on grading criteria. My only dispute with this is the point (out of five) given for having a "topic sentence at the beginning and a concluding sentence at the end of each paragraph". Just skimming the excerpts included confirm much "great" writing is not "formula" writing. I agree that a beginning writer may need to start out this way - but it makes for boring writing if you insist each paragraph be structured so. Additional Literary Passages for Modeling Writing are included and listed by genre so that you can continue or reuse these lessons again and again with different literature, if desired. For the teacher and student is a How to Write Guide that takes you through the steps for each type of writing. And, lastly, a key to the parts of speech exercises in included for you. All in all, there is a fair amount of grammar and mechanics instruction included in this volume in the context of writing and proofreading, though the author suggests supplementing with Easy Grammar, Daily Grams, Editor in Chief or Great Editing Adventures if you feel you need more specific or intensive instruction. Other recommended materials are a dictionary and thesaurus for each student. A writing or grammar handbook would also be helpful - especially if your skills are a little rusty. Permission to reproduce is given for the excerpts and the proofreading checklist. These are the only consumable components, and each student will need his own. All in all, this program looks like a well-organized, easy to use, effective writing program that I'm personally eager to try!

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    required for a class
    Laura A on Aug 16, 2021
    I like the "small assignment each day" approach - helpful for my reluctant writers. :)
    Sarah B on Jun 1, 2020
    required for a class
    Laura A on Aug 16, 2021
    Researched Homeschool websites - this was recommended.
    Jayne F on Jan 13, 2021
    I like the "small assignment each day" approach - helpful for my reluctant writers. :)
    Sarah B on Jun 1, 2020
    Need it to use Write with the Best, American Lit. Vol. 1
    Karen R on Jul 26, 2019
    We are doing Read With the Best for my daughter this fall and this is the companion suggested writing curriculum. It looks very thorough and a great preparation for college writing.
    J E on Jul 2, 2018
    Heart of Dakota MMTM selection
    Amy T on Nov 15, 2017
    Recommended by a friend and too expensive on Amazon.
    Elizabeth G on Apr 26, 2017
    It goes with the curriculum Read with the Best. This is a easy to use curriculum.
    Kelly A on Mar 13, 2017
    My daughter just finished volume 1 of this book. We felt it was a good fit for her and decided to use this Volume 2 as well.
    Ernie M on Jan 1, 2017
    A respected friend recommended it.
    Deborah T on Dec 16, 2016
    I thought it was a good fit for my son.
    Deanna M on Aug 25, 2016
    Researched Homeschool websites - this was recommended.
    Jayne F on Jan 13, 2021
    Need it to use Write with the Best, American Lit. Vol. 1
    Karen R on Jul 26, 2019
    Is this a bound book or 3 ring binder?
    A shopper on Apr 25, 2019
    BEST ANSWER: It's a bound book. As I recall, older editions were in a 3-ring binder.
    Your description of Write with the Best Vol. 2 is not a description of this book, but a description of Skills for Literary Analysis, a different product...?
    A shopper on Jul 6, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I'll have our web people look at it. It seems that something isn't connected quite as it should be.
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