Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind: Purple Workbook

Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind: Purple Workbook

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ISBN: 9781945841040
Grades: 5-8

Product Description:

Consumable Student Workbook interacts with the Core Instructor Text. The Student Workbook also provides all the exercises that the student is expected to complete. There is variety in these exercises some are underlining and labeling, some are diagramming, some require the student to construct his own new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key (#078066)

Publisher Description:

Student Workbook 1, along with the accompanying Key and the Core Instructor Text, make up Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind: a complete course that takes students from basic definitions ("A noun is the name of a person, place, thing, or idea") through advanced sentence structure and analysisall the grammar skills needed to write and speak with eloquence and confidence.

This innovative program combines the three essential elements of language learning:understanding and memorizing rules(prescriptive teaching),repeated exposure to examples of how those rules are used(descriptive instruction),and practice using those rules in exercises and in writing(practical experience).

Each year, parents and teachers go through the dialogue, rules, and examples in theCore Instructor Text; students follow along in theStudent Workbook. This repetition solidifies the concepts, definitions, and examples in the student's mind.

There arefourStudent Workbooks, one for each year. EachStudent Workbookcontainsthe same rules and examplesbut four completely different sets of exercises and assignments, allowing students to develop a wide-ranging knowledge of how the rules and examples are put to use in writing.

The Student Workbook comes with its ownKey, providing not only answers, but also explanations for the parent/instructor, and guidance as to when the answers might be ambiguous (as, in English, they often are).

All of the rules covered, along with the repeated examples for each, are assembled for ongoing reference in theComprehensive Handbook of Rules. This will become the student's indispensable guide to writing through high school, into college and beyond.

  • Step-by-step instruction takes students from the most basic concepts through advanced grammatical concepts such as modal and hortative verbs and multiple functions of noun clauses.
  • Extensive diagramming exercises reinforce the rules and help technical and visual learners to understand and use the English language effectively. Each step of the diagramming process is illustrated and thoroughly explained to the student.
  • Text for examples and exercises are drawn from great works of literature, as well as from well-written nonfiction texts in science, mathematics, and the social sciences.
  • Regular review is built into each year of work.
  • The first of four sequential workbooks, each containing new exercises that allow students to practice and apply the grammar principles under study.
Category Description for Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind:

Susan Wise Bauer’s sequel to First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, this definitive English grammar covers and builds mastery in all aspects of the English language for those willing to devote the necessary time and energy. Following the classical approach, this course builds a pattern of teaching rules and definitions (in Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics), with identifying, diagramming (over 400 exercises per book), and practicing all levels of grammar. The exercises use real-world model sentences from published authors (with a strong emphasis on timeless literature). These reading passages are accessible and challenging, but also exemplify good writing.

It’s assumed that students will imperfectly grasp concepts at first, but through repeating exercises, concepts will be mastered as they continually apply the skills. Instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues—requiring a teacher investment (probably 15-20 minutes per lesson). The teacher material, however, is scripted with little to no prep needed. Lesson expectation is approximately 4 days/week for 36 weeks; many students will need to slow down the pace, particularly in the book’s second half. Grammar concepts are presented, rules taught, and the provided examples discussed. Then, students practice concepts. The individual exercises vary: some underlining, labeling, diagramming, and some construction of new sentences, etc. Students are encouraged to check their own work and discuss any discrepancies. After every 3 weeks, a Student Review provides a “brush up” of each lesson’s key grammar concept. Starting at Review 9, schedule one week to complete the reviews. In these review weeks, aim to complete 3 exercises daily. After week 27, the number of reviews double. During review, note any concepts missed to encourage future success. The course ends with a final review.

There are four non-sequential courses: Red, Purple, Blue, and Yellow. Each level follows the same progression: Lessons 1-40 cover basic grammar. Starting at week 19, students should read sentences out loud. Then, Lessons 41-80 cover Intermediate grammar and Lessons 81-130, Advanced. Grammar mastery is based on four years of progression—although the pace will vary as the student improves in skill. Each workbook teaches the same grammar concepts in the same order, yet each provides completely new sentences and passages with which to practice and engage. A key concept with this 4-year method is simultaneously providing review of grammar concepts yet applying them to new material: the goal is English language competence. Courses can be started with any color, although Ms Bauer generally suggests starting with red. While annual repetition is the intent, you have the freedom to choose how to complete the 4-year sequence. You could make the course a tighter spiral by completing the lessons in one color by skill level (such as basic grammar, lessons 1-40) and then choosing the next color to review those same lessons. If you have multiple students, you could also have each student use a different color while teaching the same concepts simultaneously. If your student has not had grammar study, one level could be used as a 9th grade grammar.

For each of the 4 years, you’ll need the Core Instructor Text (which provides the question/answer dialogues for 130 lessons); the Grammar Guidebook (a condensed handbook with grammar rules explained). Then, for each year, you’ll select a color level with the corresponding consumable Student Workbook (which provides all student exercises, grammar rules, definitions, information, and sample sentences) and the Student Workbook Answer Key (answers with detailed explanatory notes).

You may find 2 companion books helpful in guiding your student. First, The Diagramming Dictionary Reference Guide (80 pgs, hc) illustrates diagramming rules, from simple to complex. These diagrams are easy to understand and color-coded. In conjunction, use the How to Diagram Any Sentence (128 pgs, pb) to practice concepts presented in the guide. In conjunction, these two resources will assist in strengthening grammar writing skills—whether as part of a separate composition course, to teach diagramming, or to help you as teacher in your understanding as you teach Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind course. The sentences presented and practiced in these companion books are drawn from the four course levels. The Grammar Guidebook 95 pgs, hc. Core Instructor Text 387 pgs, pb. Individual Student Workbooks 579-632 pgs, pb. Answer Key 417-488 pgs, pb. ~ Ruth

Category Description for Combined Grammar, Usage, Mechanics:

These materials offer a complete and comprehensive coverage of all three elements - grammar (i.e. parts of speech, complete sentences), usage (i.e. homophones, figures of speech, proper word choice to convey meaning), and mechanics (i.e. punctuation, capitalization).

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We went through First Language Lessons with my oldest and this seemed like the logical choice for the next step. We've done the first few weeks of this (free on their website) and I like the format.
Danielle L on Jan 13, 2023
This program provides a solid foundation for grammar.
Christine A on Mar 28, 2021
We went through First Language Lessons with my oldest and this seemed like the logical choice for the next step. We've done the first few weeks of this (free on their website) and I like the format.
Danielle L on Jan 13, 2023
LOVE well trained mind. Buying this as I have all the other ones and another child coming down the line.
Amy D on Jan 20, 2022
This program provides a solid foundation for grammar.
Christine A on Mar 28, 2021
Needed an easy straightforward approach to grammar and one that did the work for me as a teacher. I trust the Well Trained Mind as we have used the Story of the World many years.
User on Aug 19, 2020
Classical approach to grammar that can be used for multiple kids at once.
Jodi D on Aug 11, 2020
I used this program with an older student and preparing to use it with my younger students.
Amy G on Apr 13, 2020
needed for our home school curriculum
Paula C on Jul 18, 2019
Recommended by a friend
Laura M on Jun 10, 2019
I used this with my oldest and loved it!
Amy C on Apr 9, 2019
Wow! I wish I was taught this when I was in school! I'm going to use it with my older homeschoolers. I've used Bauer's younger programs and liked them.
Collette B on Aug 29, 2018
Required for a literature class.
Mrs H on Aug 16, 2018
LOVE well trained mind. Buying this as I have all the other ones and another child coming down the line.
Amy D on Jan 20, 2022
Needed an easy straightforward approach to grammar and one that did the work for me as a teacher. I trust the Well Trained Mind as we have used the Story of the World many years.
User on Aug 19, 2020
How do you deal with the thickness of the workbook? I am considering getting it professionally cut and three-hole punched (if possible!) since the pages are not perforated. Also, the pages are so thin! Any issues with the book's ability to hold up? Does ink run through to the other side of the page? Thank you!
Noelia on Jun 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: For us, thickness hasn't been much of an issue--maybe just in the very front part and very back part of the workbook--so it wasn't worth it to me to get it cut and three-hole punched. My oldest never really complained about the thickness (and she is not usually one to suffer in silence during schoolwork) and my second child going through has also not complained about it. I know some people who cut and three-hole punch all their thick workbooks, though, so it probably just comes down to your preferences.

Unless they've changed since I last purchased it two years ago, the paper is fine. I have not used ink in it, but I wouldn't worry about it.

The only issue we had with quality is that towards the end of the book, some of the pages started to come out of the binding. To be fair, this was our second year in the book (we spread it out), and the book was purchased at a discount because some of the pages had obviously been caught in something and wrinkled and torn, so it's possible the pages weren't bound perfectly in the first place. I was happy with the life it lived--we used it pretty heavily.
Would this be a suitable curriculum for a 15 year old who has not really grasped grammar usage? I worry it may be too difficult.
kim on Mar 29, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I think so. It starts slowly and then builds. I would recommend checking out the sample schedule at Well Trained Press. I wish I had seen it before I started it with my children. If your student is not ready to progress to the more difficult areas of grammar they recommend doing certain lessons in several different workbooks then moving on to the more advanced levels in subsequent grades. I did not do this because they had not yet put out this info but I can definitely see the benefit for just about every student. I plan to use this schedule in the future with my younger children.
Is this an annual or multi year course?
Mysti on Jan 21, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I think that when this was first published, they intended it to be a one year course, but they have since said that you can expect to need 1 1/2 to 2 years to complete it. It is a rigorous course. They suggest doing four lessons per week, but we have been doing two per week, alternating it with writing. When you finish the purple workbook, you then move on to one of the other colors, but you don't need to buy another instructor text. We initially started using this for my granddaughter when she was in fifth grade, but had to set it aside for about a year, since she was becoming very frustrated with it. I hope this helps.
Which color book comes first?
A shopper on Jul 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There is no order to the colors. They are interchangeable. Each book covers the same material. The first time you use the curriculum you may have to help your student significantly to get through, that is okay. The second time they go through they will be able to do more, etc. We did the purple last year, and have started the red this year. I did end up making the frames for the sentence diagrams for my kids and just had them put the words in the correct place about half way through the year.
Is there as much diagramming in this series as in FLL level 3?
Noelia on Jan 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We are about halfway through the program, teaching our 10th and 12th grade sons together. While our sons had a firm foundation in grammar and writing, we had not previously used any grammar programs from this publisher. I love this program! It is very thorough, effective, and easy for the instructor. Most importantly, my sons don't mind it too much, which is about as good as it gets with teenage boys. There are diagramming exercises in at least half of the lessons. We think it is very worthwhile, because none of us ever learned diagramming before. I love the fact that the lessons use sentences from classic literature for the exercises. We just worked on diagramming sentences from Pride & Prejudice!
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Rated 5 out of 5
A more thorough exploration than I ever had, even in Christian school! I am looking forward to learning more about our English language as I lead 3 of my children (ages 9-13) through this course this year.
September 2, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very in-depth!
I am just starting this with my 9th and 11th graders. I consider myself a very good writer and aced the most challenging English courses in high school. However, just a few weeks into this, I'm realizing how little I really understand the rules of grammar. I just read a lot, so I have a good ear for it. I'm excited to learn along with my daughters! I think this would be too advanced for most kids until at least junior high or high school. I also think it will take us 1 1/2 years to get through it, which is what they suggest the first time you go through it. (They suggest doing it multiple times to gain a very thorough understanding.) If they already have a strong grammar foundation you can probably go faster, but we are fairly new homeschoolers and my kids didn't learn very much grammar in public school.
August 11, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very thorough grammar curriculum
This series is challenging and thorough. It is one of the most straightforward grammar curriculums that I have ever seen. It is extensive but laid out in the most understandable way that grammar can be laid out. I really like this curriculum. I am understanding so much more grammar than I ever was introduced to in high school.
February 10, 2020
over 3 years ago

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