Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind Guidebook / Core Instructor Text Set

Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind Guidebook / Core Instructor Text Set

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Includes The Grammar Guidebook and The Core Instructor Text (Years 1-4).

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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. Using the classical methodology, this course follows a pattern of teaching rules and definitions (Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics), identifying, diagramming, and practicing all levels of grammar. Sentences are real-world model sentences from published authors that are simultaneously accessible and also exemplify good writing.

There are four non-sequential courses: Red, Purple, Blue, Yellow (coming in 2022). Courses can be used in any order, although Ms Bauer generally suggests starting with red. No matter the color, the courses follow a progression: Lessons 1-40 cover basic grammar; Lessons 41-81 (Intermediate); and Lessons 81 to the end are Advanced. Therefore, you could use the program by following the color progression or by following the grammar level. The progression to mastery will depend on your student’s age, ability, etc. It’s assumed that at first concepts will be imperfectly grasped, but through repeating exercises, understanding, and applying the skills, concepts will be mastered. Reviews occur every 4 weeks. Instruction is done through teacher-student dialogues—meaning 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. Mastery is based on four years of progression—although the pace will vary as the student improves in skill.

Each year requires the Grammar Guidebook, Core Instructor Text, consumable Student Workbook, and Answer Key. The Core Instructor Text and the Grammar Guidebook are used all four years. The Core Instructor Text provides question/ answer dialogues for 130 lessons. The Guidebook (a condensed handbook with grammar rules explained with literature rules) can also be used as an independent reference book. The Student Workbooks provide all student exercises, with all rules, definitions, information, and sample sentences. Exercises vary: some underlining, labeling, diagramming, and some construction of new sentences. Answers to these exercises are provided in the Student Workbook Answer Key which contains exercises with answers as well as detailed notes that explain/clarify answers. Students are encouraged to check their own work and discuss any discrepancies. You may find The Diagramming Dictionary a helpful addition. This book illustrates diagramming rules, from simple to complex. These diagrams are easy to understand and color-coded. Illustrated sentences are drawn from Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind books.

The Grammar Guidebook 95 pgs, hc. Core Instructor Text 387 pgs, pb. Workbook 579+ pgs, pb. Answer Key 417+ 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).




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
5
Grade End
8
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Peace Hill Press
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Written by a writing professor. Laid out in a format that is clear to me. Provides adequate repetition to learn at different depths when repeating the same material different years. Uses examples from quality literature.
Michelle A on Jun 4, 2021
I want a solid grammar program for my children in grade 5 and chose this to use as a warm up intermittently through 5th grade.
" " on Aug 8, 2020
Written by a writing professor. Laid out in a format that is clear to me. Provides adequate repetition to learn at different depths when repeating the same material different years. Uses examples from quality literature.
Michelle A on Jun 4, 2021
We chose this set because we love the Well-Trained Mind series and would like to continue it in our studies.
Wendy H on Aug 15, 2020
I want a solid grammar program for my children in grade 5 and chose this to use as a warm up intermittently through 5th grade.
" " on Aug 8, 2020
I've used their earlier curriculums (Writing with Ease and First Language Lessons) to teach English with my kids. These aren't flashy but they are thorough and the content is fabulous. They do require one-on-one time to use.
Kimberly H on Jul 20, 2020
We have used the First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind series and it is very effective. Therefore, we have decided to proceed with this series.
Kelly M P on Jun 11, 2020
I plan on using the diagramming books and needed these to go with the first set.
Jessica C on Apr 14, 2020
Child enjoyed doing exercises from FLL and requested we try this set
Michelle S on Sep 13, 2019
We chose this set because we love the Well-Trained Mind series and would like to continue it in our studies.
Wendy H on Aug 15, 2020
I've used their earlier curriculums (Writing with Ease and First Language Lessons) to teach English with my kids. These aren't flashy but they are thorough and the content is fabulous. They do require one-on-one time to use.
Kimberly H on Jul 20, 2020
We've used First Language Lessons and now use Writing with Skill, but I've used Fix It! Grammar series from IEW. Someone gave us the purple workbook and answer key, and so now I'm trying to decide if I'll switch to this for Grammar. My kids really like the Fix It! Books and ask to do Grammar even over the summer. But Susan Wise Bauer's writing books are excellent, so I'm not sure which one to use for grammar this coming year. Any reason / recommendation for this Grammar book over the Fix It! Series? Thanks for any input / comparison!
Jennifer on Jul 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The two series are approaching grammar from two different perspectives. Fix It! is a usage-based approach with some systematic instruction. Editing is part of the writing process and this aims to produce effective editors. Grammar for the WTM is a structure-of-the-language perspective. It's aim is to teach (and appreciate) the grammatical components of our language. This approach is not only effective for grammar-correct writing but also for learning a foreign language.
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This is NOT A CONTINUATION of First Language Lessons!
I loved doing the lessons in First Language Lessons with my kids. I loved it so much I did not check this curriculum out because I thought it would continue in the same manner. It does not! I knew the lovely poems would not be continued but I thought the lessons would be similar. We are on lesson 10 and we don’t love it but we will continue on. My son who just finished First Language Lessons is frustrated. I will update this review if we come to appreciate Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind.
February 8, 2021


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