Writing with Ease: Instructor Textbook
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Young students who learn to write well need one-on-one instruction—something which your child's classroom may not offer.
In The Complete Writer series, Susan Wise Bauer (author of The Well-Trained Mind) turns every parent into a writing teacher. No experience is needed.
Drawing on her fifteen years of experience in teaching writing, Susan lays out a carefully-designed sequence of steps that will teach every student to put words on paper with ease and grace. This alternative plan for teaching writing combines the best elements of old-fashioned writing instruction with innovative new educational methods—and explains why so many writing programs fail.
Designed for elementary-aged writers and for older students who still struggle, Writing With Ease builds a sturdy foundation of basic skills for grades 1–4 (or levels 1–4 for the older student who needs more work) all in the same book. Diagnostic tests within the book will help the parent to determine where the child needs to start and which workbook the child will need.
This instructor guidebook is all you need to teach your children (all grades 1 to 4) to write, but it is handy to have the student workbooks for each grade level, which have done much of the work for you in choosing copywork and dictation. Each workbook covers one grade.
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"Writing with Ease" teaches the student on how to take inarticulate ideas, put the ideas into words and how to put the words down on paper. The curriculum is divided into three stages: Writing with Ease (Grades 1-4), Writing with Skill (Grades 5-8) and Writing with Style (Grades 9-12). In Years 1 and 2 the student will focus on practicing narration, copy work and dictation. In Years 3 and 4 the student will focus on putting the steps of narration, copy work and dictation together. In Years 5-8 the student will focus on Diagramming: Sentence-Level Ordering, and Outlining: Composition-Level Ordering. In Years 9-12 the student will focus on the Thesis Statement: Deciding What to Write About, The Progymnasmata: Techniques of Persuasion and Constant Short Papers.
"Writing with Ease" is divided into four parts, Part 1: Understanding the Process, Part 2: The Lessons, Appendices and Bibliography of Excerpts. Part 1: Understanding the Process consists of four sections: Why Writing Programs Fail, The Three Stages, Using This Book and Where Should I Begin. Part 2: The Lessons consists of five sections: Preschool and Kindergarten, Year One, Year Two, Year Three and Year Four. The appendices consist of four sections: After Year Four, Troubleshooting, Frequently Asked Questions and Resources. The bibliography of excerpts is included as a reference resource.
To accompany each level of the curriculum the author has created teacher/student workbooks.
Each work text is divided into a scripted four day lesson plan for 36 weeks, student pages and a reading selections index.
Presently the "Writing with Ease" curriculum consists of "Writing with Ease" hardcover book and workbooks for
Levels 1-4. "Writing with Skill" Level 1 workbook is scheduled to be released in 2012. Subsequent levels of "Writing with Skill" and "Writing With Style" are in development.
I would highly recommend purchasing the hardcover book along with the teacher/student workbooks.