Paragraphs for High School

Paragraphs for High School

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Item #: 054167
ISBN: 9780325042534
Grades: 9-12

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“Writers learn to write by paying a certain sort of attention to the works of their great and less great predecessors in the medium of written language, as well as by merely reading them.” (Toni Cade Bambara, writer)

A sentence-composing approach gives students new tools to write mature and varied sentences. This method uses a lot of model writing from both classic and contemporary literature to show students how the pieces of the sentence combine to make it really good. Authors include: John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Maya Angelou, J.D. Salinger, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and many others. The process is simplified into four "power tools" and five techniques which makes it easy to understand and apply. I think students will enjoy seeing samples of authors they may have read to demonstrate good writing. They are more likely to emulate an author's style and format if they like their stories. It is an approach which sets this book apart from others. I found this to be well organized and easy to follow. 233 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

Publisher Description:

Following the success of their Sentence-Composing series and their Grammar: A Sentence-Composing Approach series, Don and Jenny Killgallon present a new series.

Paragraphs for High School: A Sentence-Composing Approach gives students new tools to write mature and varied sentences through imitating models by authors like John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Maya Angelou, J.D. Salinger, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and many others. Now, in this worktext, the Killgallons take the approach a step further by teaching students tools authors use to build paragraphs.

Using four power tools for building better sentencesthe identifier, the elaborator, the describer, and the comboand five techniques for building better paragraphsunscrambling, imitating, assembling, combining, and expandingstudents achieve a goal of good writing: elaboration.

Through the activities in this worktext, students--

- learn, practice, and use tools that foster elaboration in paragraphs;
- imitate how their favorite authors build sentences and paragraphs;
- learn new punctuation marks to expand the way ideas can be expressed.

With recognizable authors as their mentors, students build confidence as their writing becomes more meaningful and masterful.

Category Description for Sentence Composing Approach:

A perfect melding of grammar, composition, and literature, the sentence-composing method starts with high quality sentence models from literary masters and then carefully gives students specific tools and the opportunity to practice using those tools throughout a series of books. As you would expect with any organic methodology, there is both a cohesion and an expansion through the Elementary, Middle School, and High School courses. Each are targeted with a progression of skill-building that focuses on and starts with sentences, dissects and uses grammar, and builds into composing coherent communications.

Central to all levels, is the use of writing models – sentence examples from a huge collection of best-loved and critically acclaimed writers. Think of these writers as mentors and the process of unpacking, manipulating, and imitating their sentences as a personal tutorial in the art of composition. Sentences from hundreds of writers are matched to grade level by familiarity with their works. For instance, in elementary courses you might see Katherine Patterson or Roald Dahl. In middle school it might be Jack London, Madeleine L’Engle, JK Rowling, or even Stephen King. In high school you will find Harper Lee, George Orwell, or Maya Angelou.

Multiple techniques (tools) are taught and practiced. Some of these include matching, exchanging, unscrambling, combining, imitating, expanding, and multiplying. Each tool/technique is explained and illustrated using sample sentences. Often, the underlying grammatical constructs are examined as well. The student undertakes step-by-step tasks and benefits from the clearly stated imitating expectations – and may well be surprised by the high quality of compositional results. Where possible and useful, “reference” sections in the back of books serve as an answer key.

This series has grown and matured over time. Sentence Composing was the first (late 90s); Getting Started and the other courses are a parallel series that emerged over the next two decades (2006-2020). These later sets of series expand concepts introduced in the original Sentence Composing. The Grammar series delves a little deeper into the grammar aspects (2006-2008). Paragraphs (2012-14) and Nonfiction (2015-2017) expands sentence composing techniques to particular types of composition. The newest series is the Getting Started series (2018-2020) which serves as an introduction to the sentence composing method. All volumes are by Don and Jenny Killgallon and share a focus on sentence composing (the most neglected aspect of written composition). All use model/mentors based on the belief that imitation is the conduit to originality; a needed link in creation.

It may be a little confusing to know when to use what course. In general, use the original Sentence Composing course as a summary course for a student that is in the upper level of the grade range. For instance, 4th/5th grade for the Elementary; 7th/8th grade for the Middle School. If your student is in the lower levels of the grade range (i.e. 2nd/3rd; 5th/6th) use the Getting Started book and work through the series.

Each of the sentence composing method worktexts is a stand-alone course designed to produce sentence maturity and variety and would serve as the composition/applied grammar portion of a language arts program. For elementary years, add phonics/reading, spelling, and handwriting. For middle school years, add literature and possibly a systematic grammar. For the high school years, if coupled with a literature program, the series serves as an English credit. ~ Janice

Category Description for Other Writing Programs:

These materials contain both instruction and writing assignments but are not as broad in scope (types of writing) as the comprehensive programs.

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Required text for Well Trained Mind Academy's Rhetoric I.
Virginia C on Jul 20, 2020
Required book for Freedom Project Academy
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required for class
Anne T on Jul 15, 2021
Required text for Well Trained Mind Academy's Rhetoric I.
Virginia C on Jul 20, 2020
My senior needs some remedial work for writing, so I think this will help him.
User on Jul 15, 2020
Needed for Well-Trained Mind Academy Rhetoric I course.
Jeremy K on May 18, 2020
I like the idea of writing small paragraphs learning through classic literature.
Jeray T on Dec 20, 2015
required for class
Anne T on Jul 15, 2021
My senior needs some remedial work for writing, so I think this will help him.
User on Jul 15, 2020
Do you write inside the book or in a separate notebook?
Charlotte on Mar 31, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We use a separate notebook. Most of the activities don't leave room for writing in the book.
This does not seem to be the most straight-forward textbook. Is there a teacher book to grade with?
A shopper on Sep 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There is an answer key and a guide that I found online. So far, we like the book
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My son is using this book as a senior. He struggles with writing due to his dyslexia, and I feel that it has helped him. Most of the activities and paragraphs teach the student how to write by imitating a well known author. I would recommend this book for a struggling writer.
March 31, 2021
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