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Writing with Skill 1 Workbook
Writing with Skill 1 Workbook

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Grade Levels: 5th-8th

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Product Code: 181-401

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Writing with Skill
The first thing you'll notice about Writing with Skill, perhaps besides its renowned author, is the massive size of this text. Don't let that alarm you, though. When you flip the workbook open you'll immediately notice a large-enough-to-be-friendly font size combined with detailed instruction to the student, large excerpts from famous works of literature, and even occasional illustrations that combine in manageable lessons.

What Is Covered?
Starting with basic narrative summaries, Writing with Skill proceeds to outlines, descriptions, narrative and description combined, metaphors, sequencing, writing about stories, research writing, and poems, culminating in a researched, well-written composition of your student's own choosing.

Uses Real Literature
Writing with Skill uses selections from such varied sources as A Christmas Carol, Big Red, and Tom Sawyer, and also includes authors such as Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe. This means that your child learns to write well while being trained by the very best authors. What an awesome concept!

Who Is Writing with Skill For?
Writing with Skill is for the student who needs a comprehensive writing course. Perhaps she loves writing and wants to understand it better. Or perhaps she has somehow missed out on even the basics and you want a program that takes her through them in a year.

How Long Will It Take?
Writing with Skill is conveniently broken into thirty-six weeks of lessons, each consisting of four days' worth of work. Your student will keep a writing notebook (a 3-ring binder is recommended) of her work and will add to it as she progresses. I would expect each day's lesson to take about half an hour--some days will be shorter, others will take longer--and of course all will vary widely depending on your student's reading and writing pace. As far as writing courses go, this one is rigorous, but without being too technical or tedious.

Do I Really Need the Instructor Text?
That is up to you. The workbook is designed to be as self-teaching as possible, so if you are adventurous and are happy to answer any questions that arise by interpreting the student text, then you'll do fine without it. However, if you prefer step-by-step teacher directions, answers, and even scripts to use for explaining trouble areas to your student, you'll find the instructor text well worth the investment.

Another outstanding component of Timberdoodle's 2017 Eighth-Grade Curriculum Kit!

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Grade Recommendation: 5th-8th
Number of Pages: 544
Manufacturer: Peace Hill Press
Author: Susan Wise Bauer
Year Published: 2011
ISBN: 9781933339535
Faith-Based: No

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Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Great Curriculum, however... September 19, 2016
Reviewer: Stephanie from Texas  
This curriculum is a comprehensive curriculum however is should not be used without the teacher's book.  We came across several sections that required it and others that I personally needed.   Also, please learn from my mistakes. 1.) Start with this book. It's almost impossible to jump in without completing the first book. 2.) Keep your student's work. If you throw it away at the years end you will find yourself unequipped to being the second year. 3.) Purchase all the teacher's books.  4.) Don't get frustrated at the beginning of the year because you trusted the advice of timberdoodle, they do the best they can.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Writing with Skill Level 1 June 13, 2016
Reviewer: Karen Haines from Marietta, NY United States  
We split WWS (level 1) for grade 7 & 8, along with the Easy Grammar System which we have used consistently since grade 4. My 13 yo daughter works mostly independently but does need me to guide her at times, I would recommend
buying the instructor manual, even if you use it sporadically.
I plan to use WWS (level 2), split, for grades 9 &10. I think my daughter has benefited from consistency & a slower pace than is generally marketed here. She is very precocious but
is doing better work with less stress by splitting it.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Formal training in writing. August 7, 2014
Reviewer: Julie M.  
I purchased this for my 8th grade student, as he has not yet had formal training in the writing process. While this book will help with that, I will spread the lessons over a two-year period and will work with my son, rather than handing him the book and telling him to work through it on his own, as the author suggests. If your student is ready for a formal writing program, this workbook can help you provide your child with the tools needed to become a confident writer. As with any educational material, use it in the way that works best for your own child.

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