Complete Writer: Writing With Skill Level One Student Workbook

Complete Writer: Writing With Skill Level One Student Workbook

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ISBN: 9781933339535
Grades: 5-8

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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.)

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
5
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781933339535
Author
Susan Wise Bauer
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
Weight
3.0 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.06"
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This is an excellent program that is easy to understand and builds great rhetoric skills. Susan Bauer uses a conversational style in the student book which keeps my students engaged. I begin this book in 7th or 8th grade.
Katherine H on Jul 28, 2022
Teacher recommendation
Rebecca B on May 28, 2022
This is an excellent program that is easy to understand and builds great rhetoric skills. Susan Bauer uses a conversational style in the student book which keeps my students engaged. I begin this book in 7th or 8th grade.
Katherine H on Jul 28, 2022
School requirement
Aleksandra T on May 29, 2022
Teacher recommendation
Rebecca B on May 28, 2022
It was recommended to me by another homeschool mom who used it with her children
Amanda on May 26, 2022
This is the suggested book for her curriculum.
Dwayne V on Jan 4, 2022
We chose this because we have Wise's Grammar curriculum and are really enjoying it. We have tried Writing and Rhetoric and think it's okay, but want to try something a bit meatier.
Charlene S on Dec 6, 2021
My oldest son used this book at home and school. We are using it again for his younger sister (7th grader).
Kelly S on Nov 18, 2021
home school program
Velta M on Sep 15, 2021
curriculum recommendation
Anide T on Aug 26, 2021
My son gained excellent skills for identifying central thread from a passage and writing original sentences (narration skills) in the Writing With Ease series. We completed that series (1-3) and are ready to level up to this series by the same author.
Rebecca H on Aug 23, 2021
Required for a class
Margaret A on Aug 17, 2021
Loved writing with ease, needed next level.
Veronica M on Aug 6, 2021
Looks like a good writing book for a 12 year old
Andrea G on Jul 19, 2021
Reputation for being a rigorous writing program that will teach my son to outline and write papers.
Paula D on Jul 15, 2021
Great program!
Kristen P on Jun 30, 2021
Love Susan's writing series
MARNIE K on Mar 29, 2021
My son needs a structured writing program and this has good reviews.
Teresa M on Feb 21, 2021
My older two children have completed this writing program and I needed another workbook for the next child.
Virginia C on Feb 7, 2021
I love the rich literature component and step by step instructions.
Michelle O on Sep 16, 2020
I am looking for a good writing program for my Middle Schooler
Kimberly J on Aug 25, 2020
Recommended at Well Trained Mind; affordable
Rhonda D on Aug 20, 2020
Used Writing with Ease and loved it! Great use of real literature to reinforce the concepts taught in this series.
Lauren H on Aug 7, 2020
suggested by a teacher
jason l on Aug 6, 2020
My kids love this.
Kim B on Jul 31, 2020
We have used this series for many year. We think First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease are the best elementary foundation for writing. We follow with this in Grade 7-8. It is great training for more independent writing in high school.
Dawn R on Jul 31, 2020
Recommended by My Fathers World, which is the curriculum we're using this year.
User on Jun 24, 2020
My son used this program and my daughter wants to use it as well. She chose this program because of how detailed it is and how specific the teacher's part is.
User on May 14, 2020
This looks like a very educational writing program for my sixth grader.
User on May 13, 2020
I've used Writing With Skill with 2 older students and planning to use it with my two youngest in the fall.
Amy G on Apr 13, 2020
I love the author's approach and feel like the curriculum looks thorough. It looks like the author does a great job in general of focusing on what's important, step by step, without creating a lot of meaningless busywork.
User on Oct 14, 2019
for personal use and a guide to teaching
Mrs Patricia S on Aug 22, 2019
This curriculum is a very thorough writing course that gives the instructor all the helps he/she needs in order to teach writing well. It requires a good deal of time together to complete well but really helps develop a student's writing skill.
Gena G on Aug 14, 2019
It was recommended by a friend.
Charyti J on Apr 26, 2019
Our local coop teachers chose this item for my children's class. It was the required text.
Tiffany P on Aug 16, 2018
Used this program with my eldest and back to it for my middle. Spoken to the student it assist is training them to be independent in so many ways. Very soild material!
Amanda R on Aug 2, 2018
We need it for a class my son is taking.
Faith G on Aug 1, 2018
We have used The Complete Writer from Day 1 of homeschool. I love the flow and ease with which it teaches the student correct writing skills.
Laura A on Jul 31, 2018
my kids need to use it for their education
Lucille L on May 23, 2018
A friend recommended it.
Shawndra O on May 15, 2018
Heard good things about this book.
Kristi R on May 8, 2018
Thorough, step by step process for analyzing and crafting individual writing. This has been a great workbook for my 7th grader.
Megan A on Apr 30, 2018
I need something that will guide my 7th grade son, who is resistant to writing.
Andrew H on Dec 7, 2017
heard good review
Theresa C on Nov 28, 2017
Love First Language Lessons so thought would try this
Jennifer M on Sep 20, 2017
This curriculum pairs well with the other grammar program we are using
Dawna B on Sep 13, 2017
We use Writing with Ease and love it, so naturally advancing to the next level.
Candace S on Sep 12, 2017
I love Susan Wise Bauer's advice and curriculum and have used her materials to homeschool my 5 children. I bought this workbook to teach a 7-8th grade Writing class.
Jill P on Aug 22, 2017
This resource has good reviews and a good success story with student achievement.
John R on Aug 22, 2017
I've used this before and it's great for helping kids write summaries and learning big concepts step by step. She really breaks things down so they are easier to do. My kids still don't cherish it though. My daughter calls it Writing with Skulls!
Karen L on Jun 8, 2017
Love the variety of writing assignments and literature associated with the program. Really helped prepare my older students for high school AP writing classes.
Catherine N on Jan 3, 2017
School requirement
Aleksandra T on May 29, 2022
It was recommended to me by another homeschool mom who used it with her children
Amanda on May 26, 2022
My son is entering 11th grade but doesn't write well and we've never used these books before. Should I start with level 1? Or one of the higher levels?
User on Jul 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you decide to use Writing with Skill, definitely start with Level 1, regardless of the student's grade. I tried putting my daughter straight into Level 2 since she was already a fairly good writer. That did not work well. The levels build on each other and without Level 1 groundwork, Level 2 was more work and more confusing than it needed to be. That's my 2 cents.
About how long does a lesson take to complete?
A shopper on May 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The lessons are progressive. Each builds on the previous day. 15 to 20 minutes each day is sufficient, both each lesson takes from 1 to 5 days to complete.
Do students write in the workbook? If I'm using the program with 2 students will they each need their own workbook?
A shopper on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: yes, there is some underlining or marking, crossing off that happens in the book. it could be avoided by copying pages, i did not. but majority of writing in done on notebook paper. i really like this program, it is a lot of work to do as it prescribes. i had my son go at a much slower pace. you most definitly need the teacher book; at least i did. ;}
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Great curriculum to prep for middle school readiness.
Better than I expected and the boys, grade 6, are enjoying it as well. Challenging activities with well written, clear instructions for both student and teacher. Planning to order the next level as well.
September 1, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to use
I'm teaching two different ages and this book is great for my older student to use independently with little help or instruction needed from me. I also really like the curriculum, it is well written and engaging
August 24, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A thorough resource
We are doing this book in two years, as per the author's suggestion, 5th and 6th grade. We would have started it in 4th, and skipped WWE Level 4 if we had known the author also suggested that option. Best things about this program, and book in particular:
1. little steps that keep frustration to a minimum.
2. the steps help understanding develop
3. the progress is measurable and significant.
We have used this program from the beginning, and I believe my children have an exceptional writing education because of this method. It is high quality, high standards, high performance, but none of the pressure and frustration. From day one, Ms. Wise encourages small bites, and lots of support. And six years later, we have three good writers. My girl(9) and boy(8) are doing the first half this year, and my older son(11) is finishing the second half this year. 8 yo boy is two grades ahead of his age, and shows no sign of fatigue, or lack of understanding, which I attribute to this method.
October 29, 2015
Purchased
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Writing with Skill is not just a writing curriculum While teaching students how to write clearly and effectively they are also introduced to good works of literature It introduces students to various genres of writing and helps the student analyze what they have read Many times my daughter has gone on to read the whole work of a featured excerpt Throughout the course students learn and practice numerous writing skills such as outlining summarizing describing and researching The course contains lessons for 36 weeks with 4 days of work each week There is a lot of reading involved in the course so it may not be the best choice for students who are not particularly fond of reading Writing with Skill was easy for me as the parent because preparation is minimal However the course does require parental involvement This involvement is mainly dialogue between the parent and student to help the student write in complete meaningful answers Students do most of the work independently coming to the instructor when they have completed each days work or if they have difficulties The teachers manual is necessary as it walks the parent through helping the student and gives a grading rubric for each final composition Writing with Skill has helped my 12 yr old daughter learn many composition skills as well as how to think through a writing assignment I have also seen her writing in other areas improve as well I think Writing with Skill could be a valuable course for slightly older students as well who don't have a strong writing background I look forward to using more writing resources from the same author or publisher
June 5, 2013

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