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Learn to Write the Novel Way
Learn to Write the Novel Way


 
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Ages: 10-18
Grade Levels: 5th-12th

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Product Code: 515-515

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I'm really going to be fence sitting on this product because, unlike other curriculum products that we sell, I can go either way with your decision to invest in this course or pass it up. If you have children who love to write, as a couple of ours do, you will not find a better, more complete program than Learn to Write the Novel Way. Because this is a complete, comprehensive language arts curriculum, in the process of producing their own novel your child will practice all his writing skills. (Although you should not need anything else for the year, if your child is not functioning at grade level in spelling you will need to address that need.) Thoroughly Christian in its perspective, Learn to Write the Novel Way is a nice blend of humor, grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure and the mechanics of writing. Broken into 13 manageable sections to be completed over the course of a year, or galloped through in one-semester for the older well-motivated child, parental involvement is minimal, but required. From coming up with a story to publishing the book, there is nothing author Carole Thaxton has left out. This unique, finely done program will fill a hole in many home education programs.

However - and this is where I hop over to the other side - contrary to what others may say, not all children are meant to write novels. I do not believe in catering a curriculum to what a child wants to do, but rather what his or her God-given bent is. There are children who can write but are too lazy; that is a discipline issue. But there are children who struggle with writing of any sort, and a project of this magnitude can be demoralizing. Carefully consider the bent of your child. If it is towards writing, you've just discovered a treasure. But if otherwise, we would encourage you to consider another language arts program. Not reproducible, but easily adapts to being used with a notebook so that other family members can also benefit from the same book.
  • Author : Carole Thaxton
  • Publisher : Konos Connection
  • Edition/Copyright:1998
  • ISBN : 0-9664190-0-6
  • Number of Pages: 218 Softcover
  • Made in :USA
  • Age / Grade Appropriate : 5th -12th grade
  • Consumable:Yes
  • Reproducible: No, but this book adapts well to using a notebook for students to record their answers, so that other family members can use as a text.
  • Faith-Based:Yes

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    Excellent introduction to novel May 31, 2012
    Reviewer: Sandwich in Wi  
    My 13 yo dd has been working through this book this year (her 7th grade year) and has enjoyed this program very much. She works mostly independently with the book (I think it says the parent should also be doing the program, but I have not). She does have me review her work and asks questions or for examples from me when she is stuck. The book takes the writer through all the steps to formulating, writing and editing a novel. My dd had begun a novel before beginning this program, so she adapted the ideas and suggestions in the book to her novel. She was especially helped by the sections for outlining plot and creating characters and setting. She discovered that she uses many more visual descriptions and needed to add in more from the other senses. Midway through the book she began a second and third novel and scrapped her first one. With each successive story, she has used the techniques she learned in this curriculum to flesh out her story. She will be completing this program with her 3rd novel, the one she's actually finishing (that's how it goes with authors!) It's been a gentle, but thorough introduction to creative writing for her. Caveat: She is a very self-motivated student and likes to write. I can't speak to how well this program would work with a reluctant student.

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    Apprehensive at first, but loving it March 14, 2009
    Reviewer: Jackie A. from Lakeville, MN United States  
    My daughter thinks this program is fun yet challenging (she's 11).  She is learning a lot of grammar and definitely improving her writing skills.  I was unsure of the program at first, because I had previously given her very little creative writing lessons, but she is loving it!

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