Essentials in Writing Level 4 Combo (DVD, Textbook/Workbook and Teacher Handbook) 2nd Edition

Essentials in Writing Level 4 Combo (DVD, Textbook/Workbook and Teacher Handbook) 2nd Edition

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Unit One: Grammar

Identify and apply:

* Subjects/Predicates (complete, simple, and compound)

* Nouns (common, proper, singular, plural, and possessive)

* Pronouns and Antecedents

* Adjectives

* Verbs (action, linking, and helping)

* Adverbs (modify verb)

* Prepositional Phrases

Identify and apply activities for common problems:

* Subject/verb agreement

* Don't and doesn't problem

* Writing titles

Tools for Effective Communication : Apply Parts of Speech

* Adjectives in action

* Action verbs in action

* Adverbs in action

* Prepositional phrases in action

* Vivid language

Apply Sentence Structure:

* Independent and dependent clauses

* Simple and compound sentences

* Complex sentence

* Incomplete thoughts

* Run-on sentence

Apply Figurative Language:

* Onomatopoeia

* Simile

* Metaphor

Unit Two: Composition

Follow the writing process for:

* Paragraphs (descriptive, expository and persuasive)

* Writing a News Article

* Narrative

* Persuasive Personal Letter

* Expository Essay

* Research Project

Additional Composition Skills

* Audience and purpose

* Effective use of graphic organizers

* How to choose an appropriate writing form

* Informal and formal writing

* Effective writing skills (strong details, transitions, beginning/middle/end concept, logical sequence of events, variety of sentence structure, effective use of dialogue, and effective use of figurative language including onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, and personification)

* Using a thesaurus for word choice

* Strong details and examples

Category Description for Essentials in Writing:

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.

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We used Level 3 last year and appreciated the DVD teaching and simple worksheets. It broke down easily and made grammar feel more independent for my kids and doable for all of us.
Katie W on Aug 1, 2021
I chose EIW level 4 for my daughter's grammar/writing homeschool curriculum.
Kristy C on May 19, 2021
We used Level 3 last year and appreciated the DVD teaching and simple worksheets. It broke down easily and made grammar feel more independent for my kids and doable for all of us.
Katie W on Aug 1, 2021
I wanted an instructor to deliver the writing content to my student.
Michelle M on Jul 26, 2021
I chose EIW level 4 for my daughter's grammar/writing homeschool curriculum.
Kristy C on May 19, 2021
We can't wait to try Essentials in Writing!
Shannon J on Nov 13, 2020
Liked the samples
Jaymie E on Sep 17, 2020
We loved the level 3 before this so we wanted to continue
Heather D on Sep 10, 2020
I am hoping it will help my dyslexic be a bit more independent with writing.
Eleanor M on Aug 17, 2020
I like that this included grammar and writing and has the video lessons. It looks like a good program and we are excited to try it.
Annie K on Jun 17, 2020
Used last year it was a good fit for my child.... Very easy to understand not over bearing.
Beatrice S on May 30, 2020
I have heard that this is a awesome curriculum to teach writing to a student. So I am getting it to help my son learn how to write better.
Charlene c on Sep 2, 2019
After reviewing the sample videos from their site I felt it was the right choice for my daughter. She is a visual learner and retains things better when seen and read... not just read. Looking forward to starting this with her.
MICHELLE B on Mar 26, 2019
I needed a writing curriculum that had DVD lessons. My husband and I are inner-city missionaries in Houston, TX. Our children come with us to the mission and do their schooling while we work. We need QUALITY help when it comes to teaching the more intensive subjects.
Vanessa O on Aug 11, 2018
It covers writing and grammar at a pace that my dyslexic daughter can complete without flustration
Scott N on Jul 31, 2018
I heard about it from another parent.
Seta Y on Jun 8, 2018
This program was recommended by a fellow homeschooling mom. After looking at it with her, I am excited to try it with my kids next year. It looks like an excellent writing curriculum.
Brooke F on Jun 6, 2018
We will be finishing Level 3 soon.
Eva C on Feb 21, 2018
i have grade 3 and love it.
zane m on Dec 12, 2017
my kids love this curriculum.
Jared E on Aug 9, 2017
My daughter and I both like the straight forward instruction with practice. The lessons are short and the information is simple and clear. We did level 3 last year and want to continue and lock in the practical application of writing.
Nicole P on Feb 22, 2017
This looks like a good writing program for my 4th grade daughter. We're homeschooling for the first time.
Kim M on Oct 4, 2016
Family Recommendation
Tricia L on Aug 4, 2016
I wanted an instructor to deliver the writing content to my student.
Michelle M on Jul 26, 2021
We can't wait to try Essentials in Writing!
Shannon J on Nov 13, 2020
Is it essential that the student watch the video? Is is possible for the instructor to present the information themselves?
A shopper on Sep 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes the student must watch the video. I suppose you could present the information- however there is not a teachers manual to my knowledge. The video segments are very short (so far we conmpleted 7 lessons) and clearly explained.
Does this come with PDF's?
A shopper on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The version of the program that we sell does not include the pdf files.
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Rated 2 out of 5
It’s just ok -dvds are eh.
The book is fine but the DVD’s are not worth the money. My daughter hates them-they are very short and not very helpful. I can explain it to her just as easily. Not happy paying so much for this curriculum. I bought 4th grade level so maybe that’s not true for a higher level but I wish I would have watched a sample first. Not sure if they have one available but if they do watch it first.
October 8, 2021
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Straightforward, step by step help
My fifth grader has struggled with language arts but this program is working. The book is divided in half between grammar and writing with a teaching disk for each. Matthew Stephens gives a video lesson, usually no more than ten minutes, and then the student works in the workbook. He does a great job of really breaking down the lessons into steps and making grammar and writing as concrete and practical as possible. We're doing grammar and writing simultaneously but you could do just one or the other and the book would last a year.
October 7, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
So far so good
So far my kids are enjoying this. I am enjoying the fact that there are video lessons meaning during this time I am able to sit with my youngest and work on phonics. We haven’t gotten into the writing section yet only the grammar, hopefully that part goes as smoothly.
September 17, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My reluctant writer approves!!
This is an awesome program! The first half is grammar and the second half is writing. I will be using this each year!
April 4, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughter and I have really enjoyed using Essentials in Writing this year. The lessons or simple and to the point. However, I am the one that watches the lessons and then I teach her with ideas from the video. We enjoy the fact the lessons are not very long. I homeschool 5 and any lengthy curriculum just doesn't last in our house. I see us using this program until the end. Thank you for an easy to follow curriculum!
September 11, 2017
over 4 years ago

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