Grammar & Writing 5th Grade Complete Homeschool Kit 2nd Ed.

Grammar & Writing 5th Grade Complete Homeschool Kit 2nd Ed.

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Item #: 021990
ISBN: 9780544129276
Grades: 5

The Homeschool 2nd Edition of the Grammar and Writing program from meets Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts but was largely unchanged from the Homeschool 1st edition published by Saxon. Student Books in this 2nd Edition are softcover. More Practice worksheets are found in the Student Workbook (they're in the Teacher Guide in the School Edition).

Only the 6th grade course has any content differences from the School Edition. Nine writing lessons were added.

These include:

  • 4 lessons on writing a research paper
  • 3 lessons on writing an imaginative story
  • 1 lesson on writing in response to literature
  • 1 lesson on writing in response to informational text

Category Description for Grammar and Writing:

This longtime favorite - Grammar & Writing - is now available in two formats. The School Edition is also known as Hake Grammar & Writing while the 2nd Edition is the Homeschool edition published by Saxon. The good news is that the difference between the two is minimal. The School Edition has a hardcover text or paperback option, while the text in the Homeschool 2nd Edition is only available as a paperback. The other, rather minor, format difference is the “More Practice” exercises. These are in the student workbook in the Homeschool 2nd Edition but are in the back of the Teacher Guide for the School Edition. Grade 6 is the only grade level with content differences between the editions and those are covered in description for the Grade 6 books.

Both of these series will remind you of Saxon math. If it looks like Saxon and teaches like Saxon, does that mean it is Saxon? As a matter of fact, it does. But it is also 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 of the series was his wife, Mary (a former teacher and homeschool parent), suggests that there is a "rest of the story" lurking under the surface.

Taking a good look at the program, it's not hard to see the Saxon influence. The textbooks have the look Saxon texts - even the covers are similar. Turning to the table of contents, 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 there! 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 of both series 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 is 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 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 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. 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. 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 COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.

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I picked these items, because they were recommended to me by a friend who is also a teacher. She said these would help me be able to effectively teach writing and grammar skills to my children in home school.
TAMIKO M on Jun 9, 2022
Friend recommended
An N on Aug 25, 2021
I picked these items, because they were recommended to me by a friend who is also a teacher. She said these would help me be able to effectively teach writing and grammar skills to my children in home school.
TAMIKO M on Jun 9, 2022
We love the Saxon Math and are excited to find another subject provided by Saxon.
Angela M on May 14, 2022
Friend recommended
An N on Aug 25, 2021
teacher required for class
Shellie R on Aug 23, 2021
Recommended by friend
LESLEY M on Aug 12, 2021
Excellent for children with autism. Previous lesson concepts are repeated and reiterated with each new lesson along with the new lesson material. It is essentially like a continued review throughout the text
Cindy T on Jul 30, 2021
reviews convinced me it was worth it
stady m on Jun 13, 2021
Looks like a through grammar program with lots of repetition to reinforce learning concepts.
Jackie H on Aug 26, 2020
I spoke with a curriculum specialist who said this was very thorough.
Lisa v on Aug 21, 2020
good experience with saxon math
Isaac W on Aug 19, 2020
I really liked the 4th grade version of this curriculum. We used it for the first time last year. It helped our daughter strengthen her grammar and writing skills. I'm looking forward to having her continue on that path!
MUSLIMAH A on Aug 19, 2020
baseline for all things grammar and writing. I do not want to watch videos, I was an English major. I am using novels and novel study guides to incorporate vocabulary and lit.
Meredith W on Jun 29, 2020
Researched a lot and found this to be the best fit for my child. Also, Cathy Duffy's recommendation!
Arabhi J on Jan 15, 2020
Saxon math is incredible, and I like how they are constantly refreshing your memory and reinforcing past lessons. That's why I chose Saxon English.
Tracy H on Sep 9, 2019
Best grammar curriculum I have used. It is not fancy and flashy, but excellent if you want your child to learn grammar properly and remember what they learned next year.
Christina F on Aug 15, 2019
I used grade 4 last year and loved it! Definitely using Saxon Grammar and Writing again.
Christina F on Aug 15, 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
Recommended by other homeschoolers, effective, better than other options
Jared T on Jul 16, 2019
My child prefers a circular curriculum. We switched to Saxon Math mid year last year and she blossomed. I am hoping that this grammar program will help her flourish in English.
Jonae J on Jul 11, 2019
We have used Saxon math and loving it, so I have respect for what they do. We have floundered a bit with writing and grammar programs that are a fit for my son. When I read the description for Saxon's Grammar and Writing, I was thrilled because it sounds like just what I have been wanting all this time! Wish I had thought to look at Saxon for ELA sooner!
Courtney B on Mar 21, 2019
I have used the 4th grade Grammar and Writing and have found it to be very thorough and precise in presenting grammatical concepts. The repetition in each lesson helps to reinforce key concepts
Sharon W on Feb 5, 2019
Child can work independently and it is a solid curriculum.
David R on Oct 31, 2018
I read good reviews and agreed after looking at a sample that my daughter could do most of it independently. It also covers all the common core.
richelle F on Sep 5, 2018
Switched from a more expensive program. Used this one with an older child. Saxon is not as appealing to the eye, but covers all of the essentials of grammar and writing to continue to build a strong foundation, and at a reasonable price.
SN J on Aug 17, 2018
We are big fans of saxon math so thought we'd give the grammar and writing a try.
Ann Marie J on Jul 23, 2018
I loved the comprehensiveness of this curriculum for the 4th grade.
amy l on Jul 21, 2018
This is very thorough and challenging, yet easy to use and teach.
Myles M on Jul 12, 2018
I liked Saxon Grammar and Writing for 4rth grade, so I want to continue with it.
Wendy J on Mar 9, 2018
Homeschooling for my son
Natalie W on Feb 24, 2018
Heard good reviews. We need a different program since we have outgrown our previous grammar program.
Genevie D on Oct 10, 2017
"We really like the saxon math, so I thought I'd give this a try too."
ECS E on Sep 30, 2017
To give my students an alternative to ABEKA
Sallie N on Aug 9, 2017
Recommended by Cathy Duffy
Kimberly M on May 14, 2017
We have used First Language Lessons for the past 4 years and when I went to order level 5 I realized there is no level 5. First Language Lessons recommended that we use Saxon Grammar.
Katherine M on Mar 20, 2017
We love Saxon Math and are wanting to try the same format with LA instruction
Cassie B on Feb 22, 2017
It was recommended by a friend.
Michelle F on Feb 16, 2017
My friend recommended this program for students who need to review Language Arts concepts frequently. :)
Summer H on Jan 30, 2017
Recommended by a friend.
Achsa F on Dec 13, 2016
very thorough grammar instruction<br />constant review/testing of previous lessons<br />students completes independently
Kristie G on Nov 3, 2016
need it
shushana m on Oct 25, 2016
both my son and I loved Hake grammar in 4th grade! one of the best I've used
Kimberly K on Oct 2, 2016
good price
chi t on Sep 2, 2016
Highly recommended
Kimberly F on Aug 30, 2016
This was recommended as a great curriculum for dyslexic children.
Penny H on Aug 8, 2016
I have used this program with my older children, so i decided to try it with my fifth grader.
Liz L on Jul 18, 2016
Used Saxon with my older son. Like the series.
Carolyn K on Jul 18, 2016
recommended by my colleague - intense course and thorough
Ophira L on Jun 5, 2016
Well rated by Cathy Duffy
Amy W on Feb 12, 2016
I used this program once before and think it will work well for my other daughter.
Laura M on Dec 30, 2015
We love the Saxon Math and are excited to find another subject provided by Saxon.
Angela M on May 14, 2022
teacher required for class
Shellie R on Aug 23, 2021
My daughter is in 7th grade but struggles with Grammar. Should I get the grade 5?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I don't think that is necessary. I was VERY pleased with the Saxon grammar course. Just like their solid math curriculum, they continually go back and "quiz"
on previously taught material. For instance, you can be on lesson 23 learning a new concept, but at the end of the lesson they will ask you to diagram or add punctuation to sentences that were learned in lessons 14 and 7. I think the course is challenging, but all of my daughters are strong in their English and Math classes because of the basics they did daily with Saxon curriculum.
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Saxon Math Intermediate 5 Student Edition
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Should a teacher have a copy of the student text and student workbook too? Or is the teacher's guide all that is needed to teach the course?
A shopper on Jul 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: All you need is the teacher’s guide, the student needs the text book and workbook. The teacher’s guide has the answer keys to all of the lessons in the text and workbook. It also has the tests and answer keys to the tests.
I see three books here, one student, one teacher guide, what's the other for?
A shopper on Mar 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There are two student books - one for grammar and one for writing. The "teacher's guide" is really just an answer key. The student books are written to the student. My daughter reads the book and does the activities independently (for the most part).
How long does each lesson take child to finish?
A shopper on Oct 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: About 30 minutes, some lessons are a little longer.
Is spelling also in this curriculum?
Katie D on Feb 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, spelling is not included but vocabulary is included. There are a couple of vocabulary words each day that are to be copied. There are voc. questions on each lesson practice and each test. 5th grade vocabulary imcluded a lot of geographical terms. 6th grade has more common homophones and words that are often confused with each other (accept and except, lay and lie, ...) I actually prefer Worldly Wise for vocabulary.
Where are the tests? I've looked through both student books, and the teachers book has the answers for the tests. But, where are the tests?
A shopper on Sep 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The test are in the teacher guide starting on page 191.
What year was the second edition published?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Grammar and Writing 5th grade was published July 5th of 2013. It's the 2014 school year edition.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Just what we needed!
So happy with this curriculum! My son is using this curriculum and it is perfect for him and his learning style. It’s to the point, thorough and no extra fluff! The structure of the lessons are a dream and it is open and go for my son. He is able to work independently through this which helps me out as a mom with multiple kids. I would say this is true to grade level as well. I was a little nervous my son wouldn’t enjoy the daily journal work but he actually finds it very enjoyable! All in all I would recommend this curriculum
July 22, 2022
7 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Choice
Very challenging but thorough and comprehensive. Guidance during first part is necessary but then children can do most independently.
September 30, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Still early into using this but so far it has been great!
August 22, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Another hit by SAXON
Solid and challenging English curriculum.
Delivered similarly as their Math courses with
new concepts mixed with previously taught material.
August 29, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very thorough and works well for self study.
March 24, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I bought this for our daughter and it is working out great. I saw it recommended on a FB homeschool group and decided to give it a try.
April 14, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Grammar and Writing 5 Excellent!
I would advice anyone looking for a great grammar and writing program for their 5th grader, to purchase this program. Deanne, a Rainbow consultant, directed me to this program for my 5th grader. After receiving the books, I was very pleased with the format and content of the lessons. It is very user friendly for your student and the teachers guide is clutter free.
August 30, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I have to admit that I was a little overwhelmed when the kit first arrived, but as I started looking it over I realized that it was exactly what my struggling child needed. This program is, by far, the best I have ever used. My child has always struggled with Grammar and Writing and now he looks forward to it every day. It is like a whole new world has opened up to him and it finally makes sense. I just wish I would have tried it sooner. I have used Saxon Math for 8 years and love it and this grammar program is the same basic idea of new concepts followed by repetition.
November 9, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We love Grammar and Writing 5. Each lesson builds from the last. Every lesson also incorporates the vocabulary words from the previous lessons so that your student is constantly exposed to the new vocabulary. The main book has weekly dictations if you choose to do that. It also has weekly journal topics for your students to write about. My daughter has requested we purchase this set for the next level for the new year. Overall a very comprehensive curriculum with short but detailed lessons.
November 8, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I switched from Rod and Staff to Saxon Grammar this year I am following a classical model but the Rod and Staff had become very dry and difficult Plus my one son seemed to have a lot of trouble with knowing when to use proper punctuation Punctuation was a complete mystery to him! Since using Saxon Grammar the mystery has unraveled The series will introduce a punctuation concept and then move onto another topic the next few days all the while reviewing the punctuation concept again and again in the practice lessons It is this review that helps the child solidify a newly learned concept In spite of this program being more work for my sons than Rod and Staff or Easy Grammar my boys like it They say it is easy In addition they are diagramming sentences which I feel is an important skill There are some minor problems with the series I find errors in several places in the tests (ex one sentence on the test will have all the punctuation filled in already) and the lessons are only numbered on the first page making it difficult to find the lesson we're on Also the paper the textbook is printed on is cheap Some of the topics suggested for writing are just not very good We pick our own topics But overall it is a good value and we are making the switch
May 7, 2011

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