Essentials in Writing Level 3 Combo (DVD, Worktext, Teacher) 2nd Ed

Essentials in Writing Level 3 Combo (DVD, Worktext, Teacher) 2nd Ed

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* Review Sentences Types and Making Complete Sentences

* Capitalization Rules: Beginning of Sentences, Names, and City/State

* Punctuation Rules: Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, and Commas in Series

* Grammar: Subject/Predicate (Complete, Simple and Compound), Nouns, Proper Nouns, Action Verbs, Adjectives, Pronouns, Linking Verbs, Possessive Nouns, and Subject/Verb Agreement

* Spelling Rules for Plural Nouns

* Alphabetization

* Parts of a Personal Letter and Writing a Personal Letter

* Parts of a Paragraph and Writing a Paragraph

* Other Forms of Written Communication: Lists, Thank You Notes and Invitation

* The Writing Process: Prewrite, Draft, Revise, Edit and Publish

* Use the Writing Process to Compose Narrative and Descriptive Paragraphs

* Revision: Word Choice (Use of a Thesaurus), Using Strong Details and a Variety of Sentence Structure in Writing

* Poetry: Text Features, End Rhyme and Composition

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Looking for a complete English course for all grade levels that is well organized, thorough in explanation, effective in teaching and easy to use in a homeschool or group setting? Then consider Essentials in Writing! Video instructor Matthew Stephens taught English at the elementary and high school levels for years, and he used his experience to good effect in authoring this course.

Video lessons (choose from DVD or online video subscription) featuring Mr. Stephens are the essence of the course, with supporting workbook activities as follow-up. Mr. Stephens is doing the heavy lifting of presenting and explaining the material, leaving only clarification and follow-up questions to the home instructor. Lessons are presented in bite-sized chunks, so each days lesson features one main point. The quality of the video and audio is good, showing Mr. Stephens teaching in front of a classroom on a white board. For younger grades, the teacher and student would watch the videos together, then discuss to make sure that the student grasps the main ideas of the presentation. Students at more advanced grades can watch the videos on their own (as the instruction is always directed to the student), leaving only follow-up discussion of the material and assignment to the teacher. Of course, the instructor should preview the video material to ensure knowledge of the material and consistency of approach in working with the student. 

Lesson lengths are age appropriate. Grades 1 and 2 average 15 to 20 minutes total, including about 3 minutes of video presentation. By grades 6 to 12, lesson length totals 20 to 40 minutes, with 7 minutes of video presentation. Material covered is also age appropriate and features a building block approach. While not a learning-to-read phonics program, Level 1 begins with reviewing letters and sounds and progresses to using letters to make words and words to make sentences. Grammar is taught in context, not in isolation, so the grammar instruction is more likely to stick. Mr. Stephens believes that the program covers grammar sufficiently, but if you want to cover sentence diagramming, a separate course would be necessary. Spelling is not covered in the course; All About Spelling is the recommended course. By Levels 8 to 12, the focus is sentence and paragraph structure as used in essays, research papers and personal and business letters.

The workbook coordinates with the video lessons. Ideally, the student and teacher would look at the worksheet before viewing the video for that days lesson. Worksheets are used sequentially with some lessons being completed in one day and some being split into multiple days (for instance, Lesson 1A, 1B, 1C). Grade 3 will take from 100 to 110 lessons to complete, while Grades 5 to 12 will take 125 to 140. Scheduling is simple. Just play the video for the next lesson in the workbook. Worksheet clarity is good; the examples and directions are clear and the assignment is focused on the topic at hand. Grading is made easier with checklists and scoring guides included right in the lesson and an answer key to specific exercises included in the back of the workbook.

For those wanting more comfort that their student is learning the material, an Assessment/Resource Booklet is now available for Levels 1 - 6. These consist of grammar assessments, composition assessments and comprehensive assessments. The resource part of the book consists of word choice lists for improving writing interest, writing checklists, writing organization tools and answer key to the assessments.

The 2nd Edition Combos (includes Levels 1-7 as of summer 2021) now include a Teacher Handbook which provides some useful materials: a teacher overview of the program, along with a brief overview of how to score compositions. Also included is a syllabus scheduling lessons and assessments. If you are also using Essentials in Literature (only available at certain grade levels) with Essentials in Writing, an included optional 34-week plan schedules both programs for you. Lastly, you’ll find a condensed-print Answer Key for short answer questions and also some short example writing assignment responses.

Mr. Stephens, a Christian, taught in the public schools, so he designed this course to be used in either a secular or Christian environment. The courses were put together before Common Core came along and no effort has been made to make them compatible with Common Core. I believe that Mr. Stephens has given us a course that is easy to implement, with an effective teaching style, at an affordable price. ~ Bob

Please note that if you purchase a bundle with online video access, you will receive the print Worktext in your order and online video access information will be sent via email directly from Essentials in Writing in 1-3 business days.

If you opt for DVD format, please note that the DVDs work best in a DVD player; some customers have had difficulty using the discs in a computer DVD-ROM drive.




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade
3
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With purchase of this product, RRC will provide your name &
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email to Essentials in Writing for ongoing product support.
Format
Other
Brand Name
Essentials in Writing
Weight
1.0 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 9.0" x 0.62"
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I needed another book for my child that advanced quickly through the Level 2 book and loved it!
Marissa E on Aug 25, 2021
We love this program! We've used three different levels before now. This week, I was able to personally talk with the creator/teacher, Matthew Stephens, to find proper placement for my child with learning challenges. He took as much time as I needed to feel confident that we were choosing the best level for my child, even though it doesn't match his grade. He even said to email him a sample of my son's work so that he could personally encourage him, as writing is a very difficult subject.
Kimberly D on Sep 17, 2020
I needed another book for my child that advanced quickly through the Level 2 book and loved it!
Marissa E on Aug 25, 2021
We want to try a new curriculum
Eka Y on Jul 21, 2021
We love this program! We've used three different levels before now. This week, I was able to personally talk with the creator/teacher, Matthew Stephens, to find proper placement for my child with learning challenges. He took as much time as I needed to feel confident that we were choosing the best level for my child, even though it doesn't match his grade. He even said to email him a sample of my son's work so that he could personally encourage him, as writing is a very difficult subject.
Kimberly D on Sep 17, 2020
Looks hands on
Becky F on Sep 8, 2020
read a few review and gone thru some video tutorials seem like a great way to have a writing program for my son with dyslexia in 5th grade.
anamarie r on Jul 26, 2020
Have heard great things about this writing program.
Sarah A on Jul 24, 2020
Was recommended.
Andrew B on Jun 11, 2020
It provides a good base for writing skills.
Richard R on Aug 14, 2019
We used Level 2 last year and my daughter liked it. It seems to cover everything and worked well for us. I chose the DVD so I can be sure to always have a copy of the lessons (my son will need them in a few years).
Sarah O on Aug 9, 2019
I've heard wonderful things about this program. We have not used it before, but we are excited to try this fall.
User on May 10, 2019
same as above
David L on Mar 28, 2019
Love this program!
Angela S on Mar 8, 2019
Allows my independent kids to work at their own pace and solid teaching in writing.
Jennifer K on Nov 5, 2018
Continuing the program - like the lessons, explanations, and very do-able work without a lot of parental input.
Tonya L on Sep 15, 2018
recommended by other home school friends as being more kid friendly and better instruction than IEW for younger kids.
Marcie S on Jul 6, 2018
We used level 9 last year for our older son and liked it. This will be for our 3rd grader.
Melissa K on May 21, 2018
cathy duffy review
Lisa B on Mar 17, 2018
Used a different level and am pleased with it.
Leah E on Feb 16, 2018
Needing a new writing curriculum that is less teacher intensive than what we have previously used
Carrie S on Sep 27, 2017
To simplify my English/Writing lessons
Angela S on Jul 17, 2017
I have used this with my other son so i decided to use a different level with my youngest son. Very easy to follow and fun to watch the DVD
Christy D on Mar 1, 2017
this seems like it will meet our needs for a complete but easy to use grammar/writing course.
audra h on Sep 13, 2016
Have heard good things about EIW and excited to see it they work with our learning styles.
Kelly G on Aug 27, 2016
We saw this curriculum at a homeschool conference last year.
Jessica G on Jul 19, 2016
We want to try a new curriculum
Eka Y on Jul 21, 2021
Looks hands on
Becky F on Sep 8, 2020
Do I need a separate grammar program with this?
Jennifer on Aug 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: HI Jennifer! You do not need any other grammar program if you are using Essentials in Writing. The program works really well as a stand alone covering everything you will ever need for writing including punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph structure etc. It's a super easy yet all inclusive method to use.
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We love it, but please get 2nd edition!!!
This has turned our Language Arts program around! We weren't failing of behind, but we were so bored in Language Arts. My son is way ahead in LA and grammar, but behind in the act of writing and writing organization because all of our programs so far just never gave a good foundation and never put it all together or made it an obvious transition. It was like noun, preposition verb, independent clause then BAM write a paragraph. But how do we write a paragraph without learning about transitions, details, stronger details, etc.?? I, the parent/teacher know these things but found it very hard to teach them!! According to the website my son should've been in Level 4, but we bought level 3 as a bit of training to slowly get him writing more. He is a typical 9 year old with great handwriting skills & can write for days if it is a self invented comic or story, so I ruled out that our issue was anything like a diagnosis or muscular issue where therapies might help (dysgraphia/dyslexia/etc.). The videos are short and sweet and my son enjoys them. I will say though, PLEASE buy the 2nd edition which just came out in March 2020, otherwise prepare your ears and brains to listen to some old school horrible audio. I wrote customer service and they said sorry, they are aware, and in the process of updating it. This isn't a deal breaker, just an adjustment for us!! Also, I purchased the DVD option because if I pay money, I want to OWN not just stream for a year.
April 14, 2020
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