Complete Writer: Writing With Skill Level 2 Student Workbook

Complete Writer: Writing With Skill Level 2 Student Workbook

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ISBN: 9781933339610
Grades: 6-8

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Builds on the skills developed in Level 1 and includes using narrative summaries, two-level and three-level outlines, using the basics of documentation in almost everything written, combining forms of writing, writing fully-formed essays, using intensified adjectives and metaphors, writing more involved stories, comparing poems, combining poetry analysis with biographical sketches, and completing several independent projects.

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Category Description for Complete Writer: Writing with Skill:

The Writing With Skill series has a target audience of 5th through 9th graders but the author now recognizes that many 5th graders may be too young. There is both an Instructor and a Student book at each level. One of the goals of this series is to transition the student into an independent writer. All instruction is written directly to the student while the instructor is encouraged to become more of a writing mentor. Some activities are to be completed by the student independently with no assistance while others suggest that the student should "check your work with your instructor." The student is expected to keep a Composition Notebook (three-ring binder divided into six sections). The entire course requires virtually no prep for the teacher. The student can pick up the Student Book and be on her way.

The Writing With Skill Student Book could be considered a worktext (there are occasional places where the student is expected to write in the book). Source material for all assignments except the final composition is provided in the student book. There are 36 weeks of assignments - four days per week. Assignments are laid out in steps and expectations for written assignments are often quite specific (i.e., number of words, what should be included, specifics of avoiding plagiarism, etc.)

The Instructor Book is designed to be used by a writing mentor. Its relationship to the Student Book is interesting. All of the instructions to the student are included (in smaller type) as well as the source information and any needed answers. However, when the student is asked to do something with the source material, the Instructor Book provides helps for the mentor (i.e., parent/teacher) to use as she is mentoring the student. For instance, in week 19 the student is given a list of the important events in the life of frontiersman Daniel Boone and asked to lightly mark the events they might want to include in a narrative of his life. Correspondingly, the Instructor's list of those same events has some italicized (those of lesser importance which could be left out); information that can be used to help the student make his selections. Appropriately labeled "How to Help the Student," these sections (part of every lesson) provide direction for the would-be mentor. Through these How to Help sections, the mentor is led into a complete understanding of what is expected of the student in terms of completing the assignment thus making evaluation of the students' work much easier. ~ 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.




Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.


Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
6
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781933339610
Author
Susan Wise Bauer
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
Weight
2.55 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.0"
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Aleksandra T on May 29, 2022
This is a solid writing program that produces strong writing and analytical skills.
Jennifer B on May 25, 2021
School requirement
Aleksandra T on May 29, 2022
Same as above. Great series and a beautiful selection of excerpts and explanation on how to make the student understand what it is saying. I, personally, love how it instructs the student to write well too.
MARNIE K on Aug 27, 2021
This is a solid writing program that produces strong writing and analytical skills.
Jennifer B on May 25, 2021
My 5th grade twin girls loved using Writing With Skill Level 1! (They both really disliked IEW). Being a mom of 6 kids, I love how they can do this writing program independently. My girls are advanced in their reading and writing skills, so Level 1 might be better suited for a student functioning at the 6th grade level. Because of the great success this year in level 1, my girls are excited to try level 2 next year!
Susannah L on Mar 12, 2021
Excellent, well thought out program!
Candice M on Aug 24, 2020
excellent writing instruction
User on Jun 23, 2020
My son is behind in this subject and I think this will be a good place to start catching up.
Elizabeth B on Apr 10, 2020
My Daughter is finishing Writing with Skill Level 1 and enjoyed it.
Mary H on Mar 18, 2020
I'm buying a copy for myself as I work through this program with my son.
Loren F on Feb 20, 2020
Excellent, systematic, thorough, classical writing curriculum. This curriculum provides a clear and concise strategy for writing and allows independent growth. I wish I knew about the Susan Wise Bauer curriculum earlier!
Diem-Phuong N on Aug 10, 2018
We just completed level 1 and it helped my son learn with writing skills. We are starting level 2. It is a good foundation for middle school age writing.
Orlando V on Feb 28, 2018
WE are continuing on with this program.
Angie D on Jan 26, 2018
It is the book used for my son's home school English class.
Carrie on Oct 9, 2017
Required by school - Veritas Academy in Austin, TX
Carlye B on Aug 15, 2017
My son (NOT a natural writer) made very good progress with Level One in this series. I expect to continue to build on that in Level Two.
C Dwayne C on Aug 5, 2017
I used level 1 and liked it
Christy H on Jun 21, 2017
She is the best person I have found to teach writing
Kathy H on Apr 24, 2017
Used this with my eldest son and buying it for the next in line; was SO easy to use (you HAVE to have the teacher's manual) and very clear/simple for teaching strong writing and literary analysis even with very little upper English background. It's definitely advanced - can be used for an advanced 6th grader if taken slowly, or 7th-9th graders.
Brantley B on Apr 6, 2017
This is an area that I need to catch up on.
Michelle on Feb 27, 2017
I've used the younger levels for Language ARts written by the author and liked them well enough, so I decided to use this as well. Very well written and thorough. However, this past year we switched to the IEW program and find it a much better fit. It is easier to see your end goals with IEW, and the students prefers how much easier writing seems when taught the IEW way. They no longer whine about not knowing what to do. IEW makes writing so clear.
Stacie W on Jan 26, 2017
I was happy with the Writing With Skill Level 1
Carl H on Nov 21, 2016
We loved Level 1 and knew Rainbow had the best prices.
Christopher B on Sep 1, 2016
I found this via Cathy Duffy's website and I love it. So I am ordering the next year!
Ruth P on Aug 5, 2016
Love this series. It is very logical and breaks writing down into very specific skills that can then be improved.
Theresa R on Jul 22, 2016
required by hybrid school and is a good series
Julia D on Jul 5, 2016
Continuing on in the sequence ffrom WWS 1. This is a great writing program.
Sheri M on Jun 24, 2016
better price
Amy O on Jun 8, 2016
We are completing level one next week. It was challenging, in a good way. This is a rigorous curriculum that integrates science and history through writing assignments.
User on May 18, 2016
It is a complete, self-paced grammar and writing curriculum. I need a curriculum like this for the group of home schooled students that I will be teaching through a one-day kind of academy."
Chaun M on Mar 9, 2016
Writing with Skill Level 1 was a hit here.
Robert H on Feb 3, 2016
Complete Writer has been our writing program for the last 5 years and we are continuing with it for the foreseeable future
Wanda H on Feb 1, 2016
My daughter has completed Writing With Ease and the first level of Writing With Skill. She is really growing as a writer and I know that this program has helped both of us. We use the student workbook and the instructor book. I am very satisfied with this composition curriculum - it helps to make writing instruction more objective.
Racheal A on Jan 22, 2016
My daughter, who is the sixth grade, is close to completing Writing With Skill Level 1. We've been very pleased with this writing curriculum and we're continuing on with the series. I like that it's challenging, it teaches expository writing well, and it provides rubrics to guide the parent in assessing each composition.
Lillian S on Dec 7, 2015
school
Karen R on Oct 20, 2015
Same as above. Great series and a beautiful selection of excerpts and explanation on how to make the student understand what it is saying. I, personally, love how it instructs the student to write well too.
MARNIE K on Aug 27, 2021
My 5th grade twin girls loved using Writing With Skill Level 1! (They both really disliked IEW). Being a mom of 6 kids, I love how they can do this writing program independently. My girls are advanced in their reading and writing skills, so Level 1 might be better suited for a student functioning at the 6th grade level. Because of the great success this year in level 1, my girls are excited to try level 2 next year!
Susannah L on Mar 12, 2021
can you use this student book without the teacher manual?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You could use much of it. Some of the activities (like the poetry analysis section) involve guided discussions or lessons you talk through and there are fairly involved teacher scripts in the teacher guide. They aren't the kind of thing you could guess at from looking at the student book, you would probably just have to skip those activities. The teacher's guide also has pretty detailed writing samples and criteria for evaluation and feedback. So, I guess in short, yes, you can use the student workbook without the teachers guide, especially if you envision it as independent work and don't intend to give much feedback. But if you want to use the program as it was designed and be more hands on as an instructor, the teacher's guide is helpful and occasionally necessary.
My son will be a senior in high school. I've realized that we haven't focused enough on writing. We have not done level one. I'm wondering if we should skip it and start with level two. Thoughts?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend staying with Level 1. I've taught both levels at a co-op with about 14 students each class. My high schoolers had just as much to learn as the middle schoolers. It is a great curriculum. All papers had to be in tbe MLA format which helped my 11th grader with the college English classes he then took during his senior year. The 2nd book references the things learned in the 1st level quite a bit. Though level 1 may start out easy, I guarantee that if the work is done as instructed it will be challenging for the student that is not familiar with more structured writing. Follow the rubrics so the student understands what is needed for the main writing assignments. I did have another student start with Level 2 as a senior. She did very well but I was very familiar with Level 1 and could help with the references to it throughout Level 2. Either level you choose to go with will bring about incredible improvement in your student's writing but you must have them do the work. It is worth it. I have heard from all my students parents about how pleased they are/were with their students' work. Hope this helps and enjoy!
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This is an amazing program. I am using Levels 1 and 2 with my daughters. My younger daughter has always been overwhelmed by writing but this program breaks the process down into manageable steps. She enjoys the reading excerpts and has checked out some selections from the library. My older daughter requested a more rigorous writing program and Level 2 is just that. Although she did not do Level 1 last year, they give just enough review for a child with more developed writing skills to catch on to this program. I am so extremely satisfied with this purchase.
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