Complete Writer: Writing w/Ease L1 Stdt Wrbk

Complete Writer: Writing w/Ease L1 Stdt Wrbk

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Item #: 042779
ISBN: 9781933339269
Grades: K-3

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Category Description for Complete Writer: Writing with Ease:

Writing With Ease provides easy-to-use materials for introducing this comprehensive writing approach to young students; an approach that understands the need for one-on-one instruction and focuses on copywork (putting words on paper) and narration (putting ideas into words) then ultimately combining the skills (Years 3 & 4). Complete Writer: Writing With Ease Strong Fundamentals - the text (recently revised and with new information) for Levels 1-4 is a program overview. The first section - Understanding the Program - describes the three stages of writing instruction and why most writing programs fail as well as a four-year scope and sequence concluding with a segment on where/how to begin. Included are some short diagnostic exercises to determine if an older reluctant-writing student will profit by some portions of the program. Next is a short but practical section outlining preschool and kindergarten language instruction. The bulk of the text provides the weekly lessons for each level (year). Each year is divided into segments with a varying number of weeks. Each of these segments starts with a detailed lesson plan for the first week; then "tweaked" plans for the rest of the segment's weeks (i.e., use slightly longer sentences for copywork; look for sentences that contain the proper names of days of the week and months of the year). Each year concludes with a mastery evaluation. Copywork sentences and narration excerpts are provided for each of these "first weeks" but not for the remaining weeks. There are several valuable appendices at the back of the Text - what to do after program completion, troubleshooting (wise advice on student's writing problems), frequently asked questions, and resource lists.

The Workbooks provide all the needed teacher preparation for each level making the program very user-friendly. The first half of each book is the teacher's portion. This comes close to being scripted with all lessons carefully detailed. Copywork and narration excerpts for each lesson are included with background information provided and comprehension questions (with possible answers) that lead the child comfortably into narration. The last half of the books are the Student Pages. Grade-appropriate writing space is provided on these pages along with copywork models. Occasionally, pen-and-ink illustrations brighten the pages. It is suggested that these be removed and given to the student but they are reproducible for family use (schools and co-ops need to make other arrangements with Well Trained Mind Press). You can also purchase the pack of Student Pages separately if that is more convenient for you. These come 3-hole punched and ready to place in a binder.

Throughout Writing With Ease, the author suggests repeating the dictations three times. Some students may be able to hold the dictations in their heads after three repetitions and that's great! However, many students will need additional repetitions. And, as you get into the more complex dictations, the author has found that most students will need you to say the dictation sentences additional times - maybe a number of additional times. Don't worry about repeating - it's best not to frustrate your young writer. However, the author suggests two rules - 1) always ask the student to repeat the sentence back to you before he goes back to writing and 2) always repeat the dictation assignment from the beginning (don't allow the student to write one word at a time as you "dictate" word by word.

There is a relationship between Writing With Ease and First Language Lessons (from the same author). Both share the same philosophy and while these writing skills are presented in FLL they are extensively developed and practiced in WWE. The WWE Text could be used independently of the WWE Workbooks with the parent/teacher selecting all their own copywork excerpts from other school material. Criteria for selection are provided with each lesson segment. Likewise, it might be possible, although perhaps not desirable, to use the Workbooks independently of the Text. They are designed to be used together and there is material in the Text that is not repeated in the Workbooks (at the beginning and end of the Text). However, all lesson material is carefully repeated in the Workbooks and often expanded in terms of teacher instruction. The Workbooks also provide the needed copywork models and narration excerpts for all lessons making them very comprehensive. ~ 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.

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Part of our school 1st grade curriculum
Ashlee W on Aug 13, 2022
I have the textbook, but I have decided I would benefit by getting the reading sources to make my instruction easier and less time consuming in trying to find readings related to lessons.
EMILY C on Jul 27, 2022
Part of our school 1st grade curriculum
Ashlee W on Aug 13, 2022
I've used this for each of my children and find it to be easy to implement, effective and efficient with our time.
Katherine S on Aug 1, 2022
I have the textbook, but I have decided I would benefit by getting the reading sources to make my instruction easier and less time consuming in trying to find readings related to lessons.
EMILY C on Jul 27, 2022
really like the emphasis on narration as a foundation for learning to write.
Ronette O on Jul 13, 2022
recommended in the Well-Trained Mind
Sara M on Oct 14, 2021
good reviews
Latonia A on Sep 26, 2021
Pete P on Aug 6, 2021
My sister has homeschooled 4 children with this writing curriculum and she recommended it to me.
Silvia W on Aug 2, 2021
Required by our Christian classical school
Gary N on Aug 2, 2021
I love all the stories!
Shelley W on Jul 31, 2021
required for my first grader's classical school curriculum
Loren M on May 21, 2021
Work on writing skills over the summer. Love the idea of integrating good writing examples with skill sets.
Esther C on Apr 27, 2021
Great tool to help teach writing to elementary students!
Katharine Y on Apr 24, 2021
Used with older students, now wanting to use with my younger one!
Dana A on Sep 16, 2020
We've been following the Well-Trained Mind for years, and I like how the lessons are ready to go and easy to follow.
Andrea M on Aug 17, 2020
Recommended by a friend.
Jennifer C on Aug 16, 2020
I have been using Well Trained Mind for 14 years. This is the last year for me to start at level 1. I needed a new book really badly and this was a great price.
Amanda W on Aug 1, 2020
partner with First Language Lessons level 1
Domine P on Jul 28, 2020
Recommended by a friend
Jillian S on Jul 27, 2020
Homeschooling: purchased to compliment my WWE I already have.- Contains all lessons and reading material.
Shannan F on Jul 22, 2020
My son is reading very well but struggling with writing. He can't seem to get the word from his mind to his hand, which this seems to address in depth. I am hopeful that it can help him.
Alyssa B on Jun 21, 2020
Required for classical school, grade 1.
Abby H on Jun 9, 2020
Recommended by the Welltrained Mind book. I'm interested in using this with my child!
Heidi S on May 26, 2020
Writing curriculum for my soon to be 1st grader!
Avery D on Apr 9, 2020
Advised by Janice in the "Curriculum Specialist" department! She was absolutely amazing, and probably spent over 2 hours with me - including staying an hour after her finishing time on a friday!!! (And I only realised that was the case because I asked her!) She was so patient and kind, and really took the time to listen to my heart and learn about our family so that she could offer options she thought would be a good fit for us. So grateful for her help!
Tanya E on Aug 15, 2019
I used it with my older children and loved it! Easy, short lessons.
Tomika B on Aug 2, 2019
I friend of mine introduced me to this program and she said it is great for the young writer. It will introduce the very basic skills of writing for your 1st or 2nd grader.
Linda Y on Apr 22, 2019
Language arts for my second grader.
Melissa J on Sep 15, 2018
need for co-op class
emily h on Sep 10, 2018
recommended by friend
Katherine L on Jul 18, 2018
Love this series
Natalie S on May 11, 2018
It looks like a good way to practice narration and copy work using passages from interesting books.
Lori P on May 9, 2018
I've used this with all of my kids and it works great.
Nicole K on Apr 20, 2018
will benefit my twin boys
Viveka W on Mar 7, 2018
WWE is an excellent program. My kids' writing has seriously improved.
Erica H on Aug 18, 2017
the items that I chose are simple learning text.
Terrie W on Jul 1, 2017
Copywork and narration seem like the perfect way to get my 6 year old started writing.
Elsa E on Mar 30, 2017
Excellent books that the lay the foundation for writing and training the mind to listen for important facts.
Amalia M on Mar 6, 2017
recommended by a friend. sample looked like a good fit for what we needed.
Heather F on Dec 21, 2016
Seems like a good program and I looked through the book before buying it. I just hope it is engaging.
User on Oct 15, 2016
A simple Charlotte Masony curriculum to make the habits of narrating and doing copywork from good sources easy.
sarah jean j on Sep 17, 2016
It's an easy, classical approach to teach writing skills to a reluctant writer.
Beth M on Sep 7, 2016
co-op curriculum
Kelleylynn B on Sep 7, 2016
I have heard good things
Laura T on Aug 17, 2016
AnaLisa G on Aug 14, 2016
My homeschooling friend recommended it!
Laura S on Aug 12, 2016
Because I was told to by the teacher
Robin B on Jul 13, 2016
I chose this because of the great reviews.
Warren D on Jul 11, 2016
My middle child struggles with writing. My oldest uses Writing with Skill and I love the way the material is presented. I was thrilled to find a book in the series for younger writers and hoping it helps my "reluctant" writer.
Jennifer M on Jul 5, 2016
I choose this because it was recommended as a supplement to FLL
Brooke P on Jun 22, 2016
I've used this for each of my children and find it to be easy to implement, effective and efficient with our time.
Katherine S on Aug 1, 2022
really like the emphasis on narration as a foundation for learning to write.
Ronette O on Jul 13, 2022
Do you need a "textbook" to go along with this, or is the workbook a stand alone item?
A shopper on Apr 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is a stand alone item. Each days work and teachers notes are given. There is also room in the back for the copywork and dictation. I had my kids use a separate notebook so that each one could use the book.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Level 1: Writing with Ease Review
Beautiful curriculum! Well laid out. Perfectly short lessons but so thorough at the same time. Has grammar reminders and facts as well. I personally like to not use the questions before allowing the child to truly Narrate back what they heard, so they learn to order the content in their mind. Aside from using it more for true narration, it’s a perfect template.
August 18, 2022
3 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
From the lessons completed so far it’s a great book. I purchased this along with with the First language lessons for the the Well trained mind level 1. It goes hand in hand and complement each other. It’s to the point, guided for the parent, and clear to the child.
October 12, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great writing curriculum
Writing With Ease is one of the best ways to teach kids how to write. This is easy to use and honestly there is no need to buy the separate teacher’s guide.
July 4, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Simple yet effective
Love this program because it's rich in information yet incredibly simple and easy to incorporate into the day. My children are intrigued by the stories as well!
June 25, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Love it!
Even though we don't use this anymore, I love this system. So well thought out and makes sense. It builds on itself and it simple to implement.
January 30, 2019
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great book at a great price!
Awesome book! Right on with grade level yet still challenging. The book makes it easy by giving you exactly what to say and also giving you options to customize the lesson to your specific child!
September 8, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I love this resource.
I really love how this resource teacher the students to break down the writing process into its smaller components. It is my go-to pre-writing workbook.
April 20, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Hands on program a lot like other Susan wise Bauer programs. Recommend for advance kindergarten and 1st graders.
July 25, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A Book That Understands A Child Perspective
Writing with ease is simplistic at it's best. The activity book incourages curiousity in both reading and writing. There are questions for parents to ask the child after reading each story. This helps to be engaging through the learning process and it's fun. I would recommend writing with ease to anyone that is looking to teach writing. Your child will enjoy writing after completing writing with ease.
November 28, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughters love WWE! They love reading the passages from great books and answering the questions The passages are so interesting that my daughters are constantly asking me to get the books; they are also getting better at narration It's such a great way to get children comfortable with writing My older daughter is halfway through book 2 and my younger daughter is about to complete book 1 My younger daughter asked to double up on lessons because she's so excited about moving on to the second book For the parent there's no upfront preparation
October 16, 2014

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