Grammar & Writing 6th Grade Complete Homeschool Kit 2nd Ed.

Grammar & Writing 6th Grade Complete Homeschool Kit 2nd Ed.

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ISBN: 9780544129283
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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
6
ISBN
9780544129283
Format
Softcover Book Set
Brand Name
Saxon Publishers
Weight
4.6 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.75" x 8.25" x 2.25"
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Top Pick from Cathy Duffy Reviews
Linda D on Feb 20, 2020
I was looking for a simple but thorough grammar and writing curriculum that I could pick up and use without a lot of planning.
Michelle T on Aug 27, 2019
Top Pick from Cathy Duffy Reviews
Linda D on Feb 20, 2020
Saxon Math's methodology has worked very well for my daughter's learning style, so we felt that Saxon Grammar would be a good choice for her as well.
Kristi B on Jan 10, 2020
I was looking for a simple but thorough grammar and writing curriculum that I could pick up and use without a lot of planning.
Michelle T on Aug 27, 2019
Liked the structure and the scope of the program.
Aaron V 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
This is a most complete grammar since it includes grammar, composition, literature, and vocabulary. It will help strengthen my seventh grade grandson's skill in all of these areas before he is in high school.
Mary Helen G on Aug 9, 2019
Follows saxon math, and has lots of review. Excited to try this program.
Sharice B on Aug 5, 2019
Strong foundation
Jennifer K on Jul 27, 2019
We needed it for school
Lori W on May 8, 2019
My son loves their math program and we were excited to find they use the same approach for their grammar.
User on Apr 12, 2019
I was looking for something that was comprehensive and included sentence diagramming.
Rebekah G on Feb 28, 2019
We have used this program in the past and have been very happy with it.
Arturo G on Jan 23, 2019
friend recommendation
Bonnie B on Oct 21, 2018
Need to find a different approach for a child with some learning issues.
Danielle S on Oct 11, 2018
Cathy Duffy review
Ronald L on Sep 11, 2018
I needed a grammar program for my homeschooling
Nicole M on Aug 22, 2018
Program is incremental. That means there are fewer chances for holes in the information taught and the student will receive ample experience over time for retention. It works.
Susan W on Aug 3, 2018
Recommended by a friend!
Claire H on Jul 29, 2018
I love the Math curriculum.
Jen S on Jul 17, 2018
We used Saxon Grammar 4 and 5 and I wanted to continue using this curriculum.
Wendy J on Jun 26, 2018
Appears to be a very thorough and complete set.
April A on Apr 8, 2018
We love Saxon Math and the way that it presents and practices material. Can't wait to try out the grammar. Need something logical and methodical. My children all do very well with this format and REMEMBER....
Nancy L on Apr 2, 2018
I have used the 5th grade and 8th grade this school year. I saw my children excel in writing, vocabulary, spelling and grammar. I loved it! It was easy to teach, easy for my children to self-teach, and quick to correct. I purchased the 6th grade for next school year.
User on Mar 12, 2018
I have used Saxon Math as a public school teacher and home school teacher. I absolutely love it and can't wait to try Saxon Grammar and Writing!
Frances M on Feb 8, 2018
The price seems great and the reviews are awesome.
Mary M on Jan 23, 2018
I think Saxon grammar and writing is a very thorough program and love that it reviews past concepts. This is a program leaving homeschooling mothers feel confident about what they are teaching.
Kristen M on Dec 14, 2017
I am purchaseing this because we love the Saxon Math! I have heard nothing but good reviews and this is the only curriculum I have left to get. I can’t wait to try it out. I’m new to homeschooling and like that i can pick my own curriculum. We are going 4 weeks strong now and loveing every moment. Saxon is a wonderful program and I’m learning just as well as my child!
Stacy W on Nov 9, 2017
I chose a Saxon Grammar and Writing program because their math program has been so good for our son. I hope the Saxon style repetition will help him retain the things he needs to learn about grammar and writing. Some of the less traditional programs I have tried have not worked as well as I hoped they would.
Bevin R on Nov 7, 2017
lots of review and Mad Libs type activity every few lessons.
Sharon S on Aug 18, 2017
Recommended by members of the SEA Homeschool Facebook group.
Angela B on Apr 27, 2017
This will be our first time to use Grammar & Writing. However, I hear that it is formatted and presented similarly to Saxon Math and this is exactly what I was looking for. My child needs short lessons and constant review. I'm positive this curriculum will meet those needs and we'll have fantastic results.
Michelle W on Mar 22, 2017
We're currently using Shurley English Made Easy workbooks, which have gotten my 4th grader ahead due to repetition of concepts. I don't follow the Shurley method, but modified it. I saw a copy of the Saxon Grammar & liked the short, complete daily lessons. I researched & saw 5 & 6 were similar, so I went with the 6 since she's ahead. I plan to use both systems, but wanted something that required her to begin a more independent learning process - which I hope Saxon Grammar will provide.
Amy B on Mar 3, 2017
best grammar curriculum
danja g on Jan 20, 2017
Like the math by this publisher and am looking forwarding to trying and having success with this subject
Joanne Q on Nov 3, 2016
Four of my five kiddos use Saxon Math and we love it. So I decided to switch to Saxon Grammar and writing hoping that it's written just as well. We have heard good reviews and are actually really excited to start this new program!
Azusena V on Sep 12, 2016
good price
chi t on Sep 2, 2016
used other product
Melissa C on Aug 31, 2016
I've used this before and liked it.
Sara M on Aug 30, 2016
Used it last year & my son was challenged!
Tammy H on Aug 29, 2016
It was recommended by a friend.
Candace H on Aug 26, 2016
The publisher contacted me personally when I emailed a question. I like the Saxon math and this approach tells the student what to do when and on each day. I like that it includes copy work and that grammar, vocabulary and writing are all taught in a spiral method. I also like that the publisher said to order any reading level that the scope and sequence is very similar for ALL levels.
Martha Y on Aug 24, 2016
We started with Saxon Phonics K and have stayed with Saxon every year since. I recommend only Saxon for language learning.
Sarah C on Aug 23, 2016
decided to try this after how much we love the math books
Stephen S on Aug 7, 2016
Good reviews
Joyce F on Aug 5, 2016
Cathy Duffy Reviews and viewed website samples
Lori R on Jul 31, 2016
It came highly recommended by several people over at The Well Trained Mind Forums
Jennifer R on Jun 3, 2016
I am buying this based on my experience with Saxon Math and after looking at the sample lessons online.
Kathy H on May 9, 2016
My son has thrived on Saxon Math and we are hoping to carry this success over to grammar.
Carol W on Oct 27, 2015
I have a 6th grader in school here inf France and need to have him continue in natvie English at skill level same as normal curriculum level in the States.
patricia m on Oct 4, 2015
Saxon Math's methodology has worked very well for my daughter's learning style, so we felt that Saxon Grammar would be a good choice for her as well.
Kristi B on Jan 10, 2020
Liked the structure and the scope of the program.
Aaron V on Aug 15, 2019
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Good solid curriculum. Have used it for 4 children.
March 9, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Repeat material!
We used this resource set for fifth grade and we’re fine with it. I liked that my student could read the lesson and do the assignment without me, except for help and further explanation. Lots of review, lots of practice, and it builds nicely.

I’ve just opened our new sixth grade set, and it looks to be similar, though I’m concerned that it will be a close repeat of last year’s work; I haven’t looked much yet. However, I have looked at the writing book and am very frustrated to find that the writing book (which, don’t get me wrong, is fine, a good start anyway) is almost EXACTLY the same as the fifth grade book. There are maybe two or three different lessons and a few are in a different order, but it doesn’t build on the previous year; the lessons to be read are exactly the same and only the examples are different (though very similar).

I didn’t read any reviews this time around knowing it was good for us last year, so I might not have known this anyway, but I do think it should probably be noted somewhere. Yet the materials are packaged together, so you don’t buy separate items; the one book could literally be used twice, with topics selected to do later or multiple times. (Yes, these are exercises that can/should be done multiple times, but the student’s study should build, not just repeat.)

The writing book should be sold separately with notes how to use for different levels. For me to spend $62 on a resource to have basically two copies with only minor differences (maybe three lessons) is a major disappointment.
August 28, 2018
Like these books
I like the way these books are set up. Dictation, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, journal without too much each day. A little of each on most days. The publisher is great if you have questions and need guidance.
September 24, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
This is our first year using this program It seems to be doing a good job and my daughter doesn't mind it terribly But she is not excited about it either This is not my strongest subject so I need a good strong program for teaching it Saxon is my saving grace for Math so I thought we'd give it a try for Grammar and Writing One thing I really don't like is that you have about three books and a schedule for going through them that got to be complicated We ditched the schedule and just bounce back and forth between the books I'm currently chasing a 2 year old around and need a no-brainer kind of schedule for our lessons Though I'm sure she's getting what she needs she does get bored with it so I'm planning on doing a poetry unit to give her a break from this program for a bit
January 28, 2013
I found this grammar curriculum at a homeschool convention after not having any formal grammar instruction for my kids I simply would correct their grammar as needed with explanations My oldest child is 9 and has successfully completed the Grammar 5 My next third grader will start it this August I thought that my daughter learned a lot about grammar the text and examples were clear and the price was right! I have not seen the way Saxon is producing the books now - my teacher packet and the student workbook were not bound but were hole punched This allowed me to put the materials in a single binder for use - which I liked This product will lead to mastery of grammar and I believe students will understand the "whys" of grammar not just gain the rote memory of grammar
April 18, 2010

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