Creative Writer Level 4: Becoming a Writer

Creative Writer Level 4: Becoming a Writer

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ISBN: 9781933339634
Grades: 6-8

Product Description:

Reviews skills covered in Levels 2 & 3 and introduces new, more advanced ones. It spends 18 weeks on fiction and 18 weeks on poetry, as before, but the goal in this course is a story and poem polished enough to submit to a literary journal. This level does not have a separate section on guidance as it is assumed the student is ready to work on his own. Story instruction includes point of view, word choice, description, pacing, voice/style, and a look at genre and format. Poetry instruction includes description, word choice, revision, sound, forms, nonsense, and favorite poet.

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Building on the skills taught in the first three levels of the series, The Creative Writer, Level Four: Becoming a Writer guides young writers from idea to polished short story or poem in a single volume.Becoming a Writer also walks students through the transition from study to practice, broadening the series' focus by discussing the writing life--how to find and submit to literary journals, how to develop discipline, and how to persevere in the face of rejection.This series can be used on its own, or as a creative-writing complement to our Writing With Skill series. Download a Sample
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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
9781933339634
Author
Boris Fishman
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
Weight
1.25 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.0" x 7.25" x 0.5"
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My daughter loves writing and is very excited to learn the content (as described in the table of contents) in this series of books!
Penny T on Jul 24, 2022
Homeschooling multiple levels
Katie H on Jun 4, 2019
My daughter loves writing and is very excited to learn the content (as described in the table of contents) in this series of books!
Penny T on Jul 24, 2022
We needed a creative writing curriculum to round out our 12th grader's English requirement
Connie K on Aug 11, 2020
Homeschooling multiple levels
Katie H on Jun 4, 2019
We needed a creative writing curriculum to round out our 12th grader's English requirement
Connie K on Aug 11, 2020
Of the Creative Writer curriculum, which level is best for my 12th grader who just needs another English credit?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The target audience for these books is middle school students. That being said, they could be used for a high school instruction in creative writing. The books build on each other and should be used in sequence. It's conceivable that a dedicated high school student could complete all four books in one year. If your student has had some experience in creative writing and writing in general (i.e. sentence construction, paragraph construction), you could start with Level 3.
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