Grammar & Writing 7 Complete H/S Kit 2ED

Grammar & Writing 7 Complete H/S Kit 2ED

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ISBN: 9780544129290
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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
7
ISBN
9780544129290
Format
Softcover Book Set
Brand Name
Saxon Publishers
Weight
4.65 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.75" x 8.25" x 2.0"
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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
I purchased this set for the grammar text and answer key. The writing program is lacking, but it does make a useful spine for a self-made curriculum.
Nadeen C on Jul 20, 2019
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
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
I purchased this set for the grammar text and answer key. The writing program is lacking, but it does make a useful spine for a self-made curriculum.
Nadeen C on Jul 20, 2019
I love Saxon! <br />I hope this is just as good as the math curriculum.
Andrea B on Jul 7, 2019
I love Saxon Math's incremental approach and hoping for the same in their Grammar and Writing program.
Amy R on Jun 24, 2019
I have used Saxon Math for many years and I needed a comprehensive language arts program for a 7th grade student that would bolster weak areas in grammar, punctuation, writing, etc. This exactly fits the bill! Looking forward to working with it. Love that it also includes weekly copywork & dictation and journal entries as well!
Kim H on Jun 3, 2019
I read reviews and it looks as if it will fit our learning style. We like the Saxon math already.
Elizabeth S on Feb 25, 2019
spoke to customer service and they were very informative about the product. it is not easy to choose a curriculum but I was able to make a sound decision based on info provided by customer service.
Sheena F on Jan 24, 2019
We've been using this grammar series in our homeschool for several years. It is comprehensive, and the kids like it.
Sharon J on Oct 15, 2018
I appreciate the structure of this curriculum. It's clear and easy for my student to follow independently.
Tina P on Aug 25, 2018
It fits my daughters learning style
Luanne F on Aug 19, 2018
It's a good fit for my seventh grader.
Jamie A on Jul 28, 2018
amazing curriculum! My kids love the format.
User on Jul 24, 2018
Liked saxon math so much we thought we'd give the grammar and writing a try
Ann Marie J on Jul 23, 2018
My now grown daughter enjoyed using this several years back, and recommended it for her younger sister.
Dana D on Jul 14, 2018
to consider the curriculum it uses.
Carrie W. G on Mar 15, 2018
Heard it was the best, with very good results.
Tressa A on Nov 22, 2017
Saxon is a very good product. I would recommend anyone who maybe considering teaching grammar to their students.
Meka A on Oct 21, 2017
We really like the saxon math, so I thought I'd give this a try too.
ECS E on Sep 30, 2017
home schooling needs
User on Sep 27, 2017
If you like Saxon Math, you'll appreciate Saxon Writing for the same reasons. It's worked well for us.
Kathleen W on Aug 31, 2017
I have used the previous grade levels and loved how easy it was to plan things out for the year. I felt that both of my children enjoyed it.
Michelle T on Aug 27, 2017
It was highly rated by Cathy Duffy and had all components I was looking for - diagramming, grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary
Sherrie Y on Aug 14, 2017
Another homeschool mom referred me to this site. Thank you
Tayleene V on Jun 28, 2017
online recommendations
Tammon N on Mar 27, 2017
Easier for my dyslexic son to use this program.
Kristen P on Jan 12, 2017
Looks like a great program for middle/high schoolers!
Michele C on Nov 20, 2016
Recommended by a fellow homeschool friend.
J E on Oct 14, 2016
After lots of online reviews read, the chat with Janice at Rainbow Resource really helped me make up my mind. I appreciate the assistance!
Beverly P on Aug 29, 2016
Comprehensive program that includes sentence diagramming.
Kathleen K on Aug 24, 2016
Used it before and Saxon brand
Katherine S on Aug 15, 2016
We used the Curtis Hake H/S Kit last year. As an English minor, I thought it was well done, with the exception of a few errors in the answer key book.
Jana G on Aug 4, 2016
We liked Grammar and Writing 5 and 6 by Hake.
Doris L V on Apr 15, 2016
"My son requested going back to this series after I changed to a more integrated approach with grammar this year. He missed the sentence diagramming, said it helped him understand the concepts better. The reason I changed was I had heard the 7th grade book (2009) had errors in the answer book, but when I came the RR I saw this new edition (2013), so I'm hoping corrections have been made. My son is happy, so I'm happy!"
Mary B on Feb 21, 2016
A friend highly recommended this. Easy for the student and not a lot of teacher prep.
Jami V on Feb 19, 2016
I have been using the Saxon Math Homeschool sets since I began homeschooling my son as a kindergartener six years ago. We both love the Saxon sets, and began using the Grammar sets three years ago. The steady integration of new concepts keeps the lessons exciting, and the rhythm of lessons and tests is the right balance for our approach. We both really enjoy the integration of geographical and historical tidbits in the grammar lessons.
Delilah C on Jan 14, 2016
I have a 7th grader in school here in France and need to have him continue in native English at skill level same as normal curriculum level in the States.
patricia m on Oct 4, 2015
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
I love Saxon! <br />I hope this is just as good as the math curriculum.
Andrea B on Jul 7, 2019
How long does it take to complete one lesson?
A shopper on Sep 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: For the grammar book., approx 15 minutes. I did not have my son rewrite sentences as the curriculum suggested. He just marked everything directly in the book. I thought it was thorough and well done. To me, a bonus was the vocabulary words each lesson. We did not do the writing book. He will get enough writing in 8th-12th
My student attends a public school, and the teachers don't do a great job. He is in 6th grade, but can read between 8th to 10th grade level, though I struggle to find age appropriate books for him. But he is not great in writing essays, that is creating that flow from passage to passage. But he is extremely good at expressing his thoughts in good sentences. its just that he cannot decide what information should go in each body paragraph, or how to start and end an essay well. He has a very good vocabulary though. He is grade level in grammar and generally does not struggle in class. I got him the 7th grade saxon grammar and writing. So do any of you think he should do the 6th level first or the 7th level will work for him? Thanks in advance (Oh, and we have been doing the Saxon math books since a few years, and love his incremental approach. After finishing the saxon math 5/6 book, we skipped to algebra 1/2, then algebra 1 and he is now doing algebra 2/ trig in 6th grade. Math comes easy to him, but cannot keep up with language arts at the same level. English is not our first language either and so it is hard for me to help him at home. So we thought Saxon grammar should solve our problem, but was confused what level to buy)
User on Sep 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Your son should do well in the Saxon 7 Grammar. I have found that many of the lessons repeat for 6 and 7. I have used Saxon Grammar for four of the six of my children, my oldest is now a senior. Personally, I am not fond of the writing section of the Saxon materials. The writing sections tend to be dry and unappealing to many students. We supplement with other writing courses such as "Learn to Write the Novel Way" or "Wordsmith Apprentice." I also encourage daily journal writing to help strengthen sentence and paragraph structure.
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I love how this book is broken down. It is not confusing for the children. Love the layout
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It is a very organized system. It covers all you need, grammar, writing practice, its really great. Love it
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