Builds Writing Skills
The Wordsmith Series is written by a homeschool mom, Janie Cheaney, who knows that motivating children to write takes some extra effort!
With all the practicality, humor, and fun typical of this prgram, Wordsmith Apprentice is written for younger students (grades 4-6) and allows them to develop writing skills as they participate in every role on a newspaper staff: editor, reporter, writer, etc.
Delightful comics are scattered throughout the book to bring home to your child the concept they are learning.
The the book's lessons are divided into three sections.
Part One will cover nouns, verbs, and basic sentence structure using projects such as invitations, thank you notes, four sentence captions for pictures, and haiku poetry among others.
Part Two focuses on modifiers and more complex sentences. Your student will create some advertising, work on editing, and write a book review.
Part Three moves on to organizing sentences in a logical fashion and to reporting skills. Projects include writing sports stories, giving household hints, composing a news article, and creating a comics column.
Detailed instructions are given directed toward the student to help them complete each project independently. Answers are in the back to help you correct their work.
For students, 7th - 9th grades, who want to improve their writing skills, Wordsmith provides step-by-step instructions that will help any writer gain better technique.
This program works very well with Learning Language Arts Through Literature... but easily stands on its own.
Instructions are directed to the student and interesting assignments encourage even reluctant writers.
The introduction has a brief review of grammar, then lessons build from intriguing word usage, to constructing stronger sentences, to scene setting, developing a character, and the elements of well-written dialogue.
This course finishes by having the student write his own short story. Practice is also provided in the essential skills of every good writer - proofreading and revising.
Students can complete the course in about a year and review/practice quizzes are included.
There is now an inexpensive Teacher's Guide available for parents who want the extra help in teaching creative writing. It includes lesson plans, teaching suggestions, and ideas for expanding the lessons.
It covers the 'philosophy of writing', has further tips on revising, more ideas for additional writing assignments, suggestions for incorporating writing into other subjects, and tips on organizing a writers' club.
Written for the young adult (grades 9-12), Wordsmith Craftsman concentrates on making sure older students have the necessary communication and writing skills for their adult lives, no matter what occupation they enter.
Part One covers everyday writing:
- taking notes
- writing letters
- constructing summaries
- composing business reports
Part Two on 'Language Power' includes:
- specific writing techniques
- developing a personal writing style
This all builds up to the 'grand finale'...
Part Three - Writing the Essay:
- choosing a topic
- structure of an essay
- steps to writing an essay
Types of essays practiced include, expository, narrative, descriptive, and persuasive.
This book has been revised and now includes information on e-mail communication and internet research. There is brief coverage on writing research papers and a section on critical essays. There are several exercises and answers are provided in the back of the book.
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