Essentials in Writing Level 7 Combo (DVD, Textbook/Workbook and Teacher Handbook) 2nd Edition

Essentials in Writing Level 7 Combo (DVD, Textbook/Workbook and Teacher Handbook) 2nd Edition

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* Review Sentences Types and Sentence Structure (Compound Sentences), Sentence Errors (Fragment and Run On); and Dependent and Independent Clauses.

* 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, Invitations, and Diary Entries

* How to Choose an Appropriate Writing Form

* Writing a Business Letter (Includes Format and Composition)

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

* Use the Writing Process to Compose Narrative, Descriptive, Expository; and Persuasive Writing in Formal Paragraphs and Informal Writing

* Essays: Compare and Contrast Essay; Expository Essay

* Effective Writing Skills: Strong Details, Transitions, Beginning/Middle/End Concept, Logical Sequence of Events, Variety of Sentence Structure; and Use of Figurative Language Including Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole, and Vivid Language

* Revision: Word Choice (Use of a Thesaurus), Using Strong Details, a Variety of Sentence Structure in Writing, Figurative Language when Appropriate, and Adding Dialogue when Appropriate

* Research Project A Complete Research Project Including Planning, Gathering Information, Drafting, Revising and Publishing

NOTE:In each previous grade, the curriculum begins with mechanic and grammar review and methodically moves into composition exercises. In seventh grade, Essentials in Writing shifts to a "composition focus with grammar as supplemental.


* Capitalization Rules: Beginning of Sentence, Names, City/State, Countries, Holidays and Titles

* Punctuation Rules: Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, Comma Usage, and Titles

* Grammar: Subject/Predicate (Complete, Simple and Compound Subjects/Predicates), Nouns, Proper Nouns, Action Verbs, Adjectives, Pronouns, Linking Verbs Possessive Nouns, Subject/Verb Agreement, Adverbs, Prepositional Phrases, Appositives, and Proper Adjectives

* Spelling Rules for Plural Nouns

* Mechanics of Dialogue and Purposeful Dialogue

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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 packaged 2nd Edition materials 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 are finishing up Level 6 and getting the next level now. Absolutely love this program. So far it's the best program we've tried and I've been homeschooling for fifteen years.
Nadine W on Sep 7, 2020
I needed a supplement for my home school curriculum and read a lot of good reviews about this program
Kara J on Jul 23, 2020
We are finishing up Level 6 and getting the next level now. Absolutely love this program. So far it's the best program we've tried and I've been homeschooling for fifteen years.
Nadine W on Sep 7, 2020
We used level 6 and liked the format.
Krystal L on Jul 29, 2020
I needed a supplement for my home school curriculum and read a lot of good reviews about this program
Kara J on Jul 23, 2020
We've used EIW in our homeschool with multiple kids now. It's been a great fit for my strongest writers, and a great fit for my child with learning struggles (dysgraphia, motor delays, etc). Videos are engaging, short, and helpful.
Melissa V on Jul 18, 2020
Although I believe writing skills are immensely important, I tend to leave composition for the end of the day (meaning it often doesn't happen). I have high hopes for this course, since the lectures are recorded and my older children can work through this material independently.
Alicia D on Jul 12, 2020
We have used Essentials in Writing level 8 and found it to be great! We will use this for a younger child.
Jacquelyn O on Apr 22, 2020
Excited about a complete Language Arts program that has DVD lessons. We have struggled finding a good fit for Language Arts, and I've seen many positive reviews for EIW, so I am hopeful this will work for us this next year.
Andrea S on Apr 7, 2020
Online Reviews, purchased here for free shipping
Elizabeth W on Feb 28, 2020
Looking to fill in gaps from another curriculum, and this seemed to fit the bill.
Amy H on Jan 14, 2020
Karen M on Aug 5, 2019
Methodical lessons, grammar and writing combined, ease of administration.
Christina P on Jul 28, 2019
I used Level 6 last year and it worked well for my son, so I am continuisng with what has worked in the past.
Merilyn B on Jul 23, 2019
I've heard great reviews on this writing program.
Kristen F on Jul 18, 2019
Have used this program in the past and love it.
Stacie J on Jul 5, 2019
I used the 6th grade level last year and I believe my child learned a lot from it.
Jennifer D on Apr 17, 2019
Looking for a complete writing curriculum to switch to mid-year. Hoping this is a good as the reviews claim!
Katie B on Dec 11, 2018
Used it before, break from IEW.
Agnes B on Aug 15, 2018
I've heard great things about it and really needed a solid writing program for my son-fingers crossed this is the right one for us!
gina c on Aug 12, 2018
We did essentials in writing level 9 and it went so well I'm ordering it for my younger child.
Lisa G on Aug 6, 2018
Used the previous level of Essentials in writing and it worked well for us
User on Jul 19, 2018
Zara S on Jul 11, 2018
This looks like a solid writing program that will give my 7th grader the skills he will need for high school. I like that the teaching is done through a 3rd party as english is not one of my strengths.
Stefanie on Jun 25, 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
Highly recommended by a friend
Holly S on May 18, 2018
This was a recommendation and I am hoping it is much better than the last writing program I purchased which was nearly five times the cost and not much in the way of helping my son to become a better writer.
Tina C on Apr 20, 2018
I have a 7th grader
Kathy R on Apr 16, 2018
Looking for a writing program for my reluctant writer and this sounds like the perfect option!
Jennifer W on Nov 20, 2017
I have been trying this curriculum out on my 10th & 11th graders. It's been easy to follow and my kids are progressing well, so I am now purchasing it for my 5th & 7th grader.
Sherry T on Oct 24, 2017
We used Essentials in Writing Level 6 and really enjoyed it. It was a successful match for us and easy to understand the concepts presented.
Dena on Sep 2, 2017
To assist my middle school daughter in learning how to write. This seems like a very logical, methodical method that will appeal to her learning style. There are many good reviews for this program, and the customer service representative at Essentials in Writing was extremely helpful in assisting me in choosing the right level for my daughter.
User on Sep 1, 2017
We tried a few different programs that I liked, including this one, and then I let my son pick which one to stick with. He picked this one.
Leslie B on Aug 9, 2017
Worked well for us last year so continuing to use next year.
Jenna S on Jun 13, 2017
I was looking for a writing curriculum that would give plenty of instruction but also be self guided. Cathy Duffy reviews described this program that way and i thought id give it a try.
Rachel B on Mar 7, 2017
This is a writing DVD with Workbook your child watches the man teach a few examples on the DVD and then they work in their Workbook.
Billie A on Dec 15, 2016
Recommended, so will combine with Learning Language Arts Through Literature.
Elizabeth T on Nov 7, 2016
based on recommendation from Cathy Duffy
Shenay W on Aug 30, 2016
We used level 6 and liked the format.
Krystal L on Jul 29, 2020
We've used EIW in our homeschool with multiple kids now. It's been a great fit for my strongest writers, and a great fit for my child with learning struggles (dysgraphia, motor delays, etc). Videos are engaging, short, and helpful.
Melissa V on Jul 18, 2020
Does this come with a teacher’s manual?
C S on Aug 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, Level 7 does not include the Teacher Handbook available in the 2nd edition of some of the younger grade levels.
Any idea if a second edition of Level 7 is in the works?
Connie on Mar 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: At this point in time (Spring, 2020) we have not received word of a new edition. However, it does seem within the realm of possibility since the earlier levels are all now in a 2nd edition.
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Rated 4 out of 5
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The sheets and sheets of paper he has to help the kids organize their resources and thoughts are phenomenal. I wish I had this type of writing course to work through in high school and college when papers are huge and ponderous. The kids like his style and are turning out better papers than if I encouraged them to write on my own. His topics aren't arbitrary or totally focused on school (like a topic on what the cafeteria should serve). I wasn't thrilled with the fast food restaurant research project in level 6, but we just chose our own topics for research. All in all, it's a good program even if you sometimes have to change the subject of your papers. We will be using level 7 next year.
November 20, 2020
Rated 4 out of 5
Good program to help struggling writers
My 7th grader watches the video and completes the lesson independently. He is learning to write better with the short lessons and practice. Overall the program has clear instructions and explains the lessons clearly.
October 30, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Not impressed.
The content of this curriculum may be good, it might even be a better fit for my family; however it is very hard to determine if it is over the very poor quality of the audio in the discs. The quality of the audio is too distracting for students to absorb the quality of the content. Students live in a high-tech world, offering them this was very disappointing and does not meet expectations. I did listen to the “samples” on-line. They are not good quality....but listening to it off of the DVD is magnified.
August 8, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Essentials in Writing Level 7
My daughter is currently using this program. She is doing well. I definitely plan to buy book 8 next year. This program is helping her with writing by reminding her and having her put her skills to work.
November 24, 2016
over 4 years ago

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