Creative Writer Level One: Five Finger Exercises

Creative Writer Level One: Five Finger Exercises

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ISBN: 9781933339559
Grades: 5-8

Product Description:

Delves into the basics of story writing and includes exercises to develop skills in plot, characters, dialogue, point of view, and setting. Poetry is introduced and covered with an emphasis on choosing the right word and overall sound patterns.

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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
5
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781933339559
Author
Boris Fishman
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Peace Hill Press
Weight
1.05 (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! To be honest, I'm excited to work through them as well!
Penny T on Jul 24, 2022
I liked the progression of skills they were teaching for creative writing and poetry. Plus, I trust curriculum from this publisher.
Beckie M on Jul 1, 2020
My daughter loves writing and is very excited to learn the content (as described in the table of contents) in this series of books! To be honest, I'm excited to work through them as well!
Penny T on Jul 24, 2022
Haven't tried it, but I like that it can be done independently and breaks down how to write a story.
Cynda M on Jul 8, 2020
I liked the progression of skills they were teaching for creative writing and poetry. Plus, I trust curriculum from this publisher.
Beckie M on Jul 1, 2020
My 8th Grader could use this as she is also working on the latter half of "Writing With Skill, Level 3"
ANN S on Aug 15, 2019
Needed for a class
Paulina F on Jul 7, 2019
Homeschooling multiple levels
Katie H on Jun 4, 2019
I honestly liked the picture on the front of the book. I believe the activities will engage my son if they are as well though out as the front cover.
Deborah P on Jan 14, 2019
had great reviews, hoping to get the same results.
Melissa k on Sep 2, 2018
To use our our co-op class. Recommend by Susan Wise Bauer.
Nicoletta P on Aug 29, 2018
Needed for a class at our cottage school.
Dottie D on Jul 23, 2018
bought but haven't used
Shannon B on Dec 2, 2017
To give my (writer at heart) daughter more practice and organized learning.
Lisa N on Aug 31, 2017
I HAVE A BUDDING WRITER
MARCIEA P on Feb 27, 2017
My daughter tried the sample that was available, and we really liked it.
Pamela H on Aug 27, 2016
I really trust the Well-Trained Mind authors and curriculum!
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Kimberly T on Jul 15, 2016
I have a daughter who enjoys writing and we needed a different curriculum for variety this year.
Kylee on Jul 6, 2016
My 12 year old is wanting more of a challenge in creativity.
MaryMargaret L on Jan 28, 2016
well trained mind
Susan L on Nov 21, 2015
Haven't tried it, but I like that it can be done independently and breaks down how to write a story.
Cynda M on Jul 8, 2020
My 8th Grader could use this as she is also working on the latter half of "Writing With Skill, Level 3"
ANN S on Aug 15, 2019
Is this a consumable workbook, or are the questions designed to be answered on separate paper? I am considering using this with multiple kids.
Courtney on Jun 4, 2022
BEST ANSWER: You could absolutely use this with multiple kids. There aren't really short answer questions, really they are writing prompts and activities. On the rare occasion that there is a short answer section you could copy or use a separate sheet of paper. My daughter used this with a journal and never wrote in the book.
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Great change
This looks great so far. I've only done my planning and a week's worth of lessons, but it seems like a perfect fit! My daughter is excited and she's using some tips from this book already.
August 26, 2016
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