Complete Writer - Writing With Ease Workbook 3

Complete Writer - Writing With Ease Workbook 3

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ISBN: 9781933339306
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.


Language arts programs listed in this section cover most areas of language arts (reading/literature, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting) in one curriculum, although some skill areas may be covered with less intensity than a focused, stand-alone course.

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Language Arts
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Susan Wise Bauer
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Peace Hill Press
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recommended by Susan Wise Bauer
Sara M on Nov 5, 2021
Required for school
Meredith S on Aug 7, 2021
recommended by Susan Wise Bauer
Sara M on Nov 5, 2021
school curriculum
Dongliang Z on Aug 9, 2021
Required for school
Meredith S on Aug 7, 2021
I am struggling with teaching my 9 year old writing skills, and this came highly recommended by a friend.
Molly J on Jun 13, 2021
My family has successfully used previous levels of this resource.
Courtney E on Jun 5, 2021
Great tool to help teach writing to elementary students!
Katharine Y on Apr 24, 2021
I have a struggling writer.
Veronica M on Feb 10, 2021
Recommended by another mom who uses this
Valerie T on Jul 29, 2020
Sarena T on Jun 22, 2020
We have used this line of curriculum for years now and will continue through the last child. It is well written, clearly spoken and easily understood! LOVE all of the passages of old novels and books! Not to mention the parent/student personal bonding time that is offered due to the "small" time it takes to just sit and be together. At the same time, each level does a wonderful job of building the student to independence for the next stage.
Amanda R on May 21, 2019
I have been using this series for several years and find it very helpful.
Anna H on Feb 27, 2019
I love that it uses classic literature to teach kids how narrate and put their thoughts on paper.
Laura E on Jan 20, 2019
Love this program and used with all my children.
Katherine G on Jan 10, 2019
We love this program! The kids like doing it, and I like what they learn. Open and go for mom. Good stuff.
Kristi R on Jan 8, 2019
friend recommended
Kim W on May 24, 2018
Love this series
Natalie S on May 11, 2018
Wonderful writing program for my son. He has really liked this series and my older children have used the Writing with Style program. Easy to use and very thorough with varied writing content making it interesting.
Catherine N on Jul 6, 2017
This is required curriculum, but I love the literary selections in the Writing With Ease books.
Emily H on Jun 8, 2017
I've used Writing With Ease in the past. I think it's a solid writing program.
Jackie J on May 14, 2017
I have used Writing With Ease and First Language Lessons with my son for several years now. I am pleased with the way the lessons are broken down into small workable parts and I an do as much or as little as I need to from day to day. I love the method of teaching writing by first mastering narration and dictation. My 9 year old is not ready to compose long paragraphs all on his own. This method teaches him good writing skills, step by step.
Barbara on Apr 4, 2017
I have seen major improvements with my very reluctant writer through this program.
Tiffani C on Feb 26, 2017
I have found success using levels 1 and 2.
Cheryl S on Feb 15, 2017
I've heard good things about this curriculum. I wanted a solid writing program for my son.
Michelle L on Jan 11, 2017
Recommended by "The Well-Trained Mind"
Donetta W on Dec 19, 2016
We started with Level 1 and it is an excellent beginning writing program.
Jennifer M on Sep 18, 2016
I have used Writing with ease level 1, and 2 with my son, and he loves it, He can't wait to begin level 3
Ahmed M on Aug 24, 2016
I have used this product with a few children, and we like it.
Nicole S on Aug 24, 2016
looks like a great handwriting help
katorri c on Aug 14, 2016
I've heard this is a good curriculum.
Sarah H on Aug 13, 2016
The gentle, yet structured and thorough approach is best for my son.
Brandy L on Aug 2, 2016
Recommended by the Well Trained Mind.
Ronald H on Jul 5, 2016
Great reviews about the books
Dean B on Jun 25, 2016
we all enjoyed this as we got exposure to all types of classical stories (excerpts) and my girls took off writing.
Miguel M on Jun 22, 2016
I have been with this program for going on 3 years now and I love it! My oldest came out of public school lacking in writing skills and after the first year of homeschool, I knew I needed a very gentle program. This has been perfect and he has grown leaps and bounds.
Audria A on Jun 21, 2016
We have completed levels 1 and 2. The workbook format and pre-selected literature excepts is a huge time saver, though I find I personally object to content of about 10-15% of stories and then do need to make substitutes, Despite this, it is still worth the price.
User on May 18, 2016
My son has enjoyed Level 2, so we will continue with Level 3. Writing isn't his favorite, so it's good for us to use a structured program. I especially like the continuity this program offers with First Language Lessons.
Lambrini C on May 6, 2016
Writing With Ease 1 is great, so I am getting this to try with my older student.
Alicia M on May 5, 2016
This is actually a program that we have not used yet, but from what I have seen from the grammar program, I have high hopes.
Kari T on Oct 16, 2015
school curriculum
Dongliang Z on Aug 9, 2021
I am struggling with teaching my 9 year old writing skills, and this came highly recommended by a friend.
Molly J on Jun 13, 2021
We did level 1 in first grade, but tried something else for 2nd grade. If we want to go back to this program, can we jump to level 3? Or should we go back and do level 2 first?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We're finishing up level 2 right now. The scripting is sloooowly moving away from leading questions that help a student organize their thoughts, and trying to get learners to be more independent when narrating the story. My sense is that level 3 continues in that direction.

I think you could go either way. If your child struggles with narration, I would definitely use 2. The stories will -- I imagine -- be less complex and you can focus on the task of learning *how* to narrate. If narration is a breeze for your child -- well, aren't you lucky! -- I would move him or her up to level 3 to preclude boredom. But I don't think you would go wrong by going with level 2 in either case.
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Complete Writer: Writing w/Ease L2 Stdt Wkbk
does this teach how to write paragraphs and essays?
Sarah on Jun 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it doesn't teach writing paragraphs/essays. There is sentence copying, dictation, and narration. The idea is to copy and read good literature (excerpts) as examples of how to write properly. The narration helps to put their ideas down on paper.
Do I need to start with level 1? My son is in fourth grade but this will be or first time trying the program out.
A shopper on Nov 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We did all four levels starting in 1st grade. I think Levels 1 and 2 would be easy since he is 4th grade. If your son is reads well, than I would start at 3.You can always skip some work to move quicker through this level. We left out some of the longer dictation because a few are really long! In level 4 the excerpts get more lengthy, and they start writing their own summaries toward the end. My son is not fond of writing, so he took a little longer. My daughter is the opposite and moves through pretty fast. They both really liked the excerpts and ended up getting some of the books at the library.
what are the student pages? I bought this book and would like to know. thanks
User on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The student pages are at the back of the book. They are for the student to read and write in. The first set of pages in the book are for the instructor or teacher.
what are the student pages? I bought this book and would like to know. thanks
A shopper on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The student pages are included in the book you bought. I purchased a separate set because I have four children and wanted to use the book again and again... The first half of the book is the lessons and the second are consumable student pages. This is hands down the best writing program... my eldest is doing great in AP English Lang at age 14 -- I credit SWB!
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Writing With Ease Work Book: Level 3 is authored by Susan Wise Bauer She is a faculty member of the College of William and Mary and co-author of "The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home"Writing With Ease Work Book: Level 3 is a companion to Bauer's text "Writing With Ease: Strong Fundamentals" Please see my review of "Writing With Ease: Strong Fundamentals" for a comprehensive overview of the curriculumWriting With Ease: Work Book Level 3 is arranged according to a thirty-six week scheduleEach week consists of the following components:Day 1Narration ExerciseFocus: Identifying the central narrative thread in a passageIdentifying the central theme in a selectionIdentifying the central details in a passage and description Summarizing a series of ordered factsDefinition of poetic termsDay 2Dictation ExerciseFocus Dictation Remembering dictation after three repetitionsGrammar and Punctuation LessonPoetic FormDay 3Narration and DictationFocusIdentifying the central narrative thread in a passageIdentifying the central details in a passageIdentifying the central emotion in a passageIdentifying the central theme in a selectionSummarizing a series of ordered factsWriting original sentences from dictationDefinition of poetic termsDay 4Dictation ExerciseFocusDictationGrammar and Punctuation LessonPoetic FormRemembering dictation sentences after three repetitionsMemory ExerciseEnd of the Year EvaluationIncluded in the work book are a list of classic and modern literature selections and consumable student pagesOverall we have been pleased with Ms Bauer's logical approach to writing instruction At the beginning our child was a �reluctant writer� However over the course of several years they have blossomed into a �confident writer� Since our child has accomplished the goals/objectives within this curriculum they will move onto Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gray Level in the fall
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