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Instead of trying to memorize words letter by letter, your children can become "natural" spellers by learning to recognize sight and sound patterns in vocabulary. This program allows you to customize a curriculum for grades 1 to 8 that teaches commonly misspelled words, Latin and Greek word parts, abbreviations, contractions, homophones, numbers, and more at a pace that's suited to your students. 92 pages, softcover from Design-A-Study.
Praised by Cathy Duffy as "one of the most concise yet comprehensive books for teaching the writing process available to home educators." From researching a topic to shaping the final essay, Stout's flexible curriculum helps young writers, grades K to 12, develop and hone their descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and expository writing skills. Helpful teaching tips for each type of composition guide you in evaluating your student's progress. 124 pages, softcover from Design-A-Study.
Your child's thinking skills are much like an athlete's muscles---they need conditioning. This supplement shows you how students can build comprehension by carefully analyzing various elements of fiction and nonfiction works. The gains of this mental "workout" are improved reasoning, reading comprehension, and study skills. A fine teaching tool for grades K to 8, and a handy reference for grades 9 to 12. 90 pages, softcover.
Fit this history guide to your needs! Guides to History Plus will put the tools in your hands-you just have to "design-a-study!" Divided into sections, the primary components include a question guide, analysis questions on specific topics, outlines, resources and objectives.
The Question Guide may be used as an outline for independent study; reference for activities & resources to supplement your normal lessons; or as the base for your own unit study. Providing a series of questions on a number of cultural and historical topics that should be answered when looking at any civilization or people group throughout time, it's perfect for guiding discussions or as a checklist. Topics include customs, religious beliefs, government, achievement, changes, geography, and more.
Analysis questions for middle & high school students make connections to economics, geography, government and history, and include era-specific question lists. A list of similarly formatted activities covers composition, vocabulary/spelling, music, art, science, health, math and geography. Outlines are included, as well as objectives by grade and topic, and extensive lists of recommended resources (including games & videos) arranged by time period. 115 pages with some reproducibles included; softcover. Grades K-12.
From Design-A-Study, Science Scope provides a list of skills, topics for discussion, and interesting topics that are part of most science curricula. Use as a checklist to make sure you cover all appropriate concepts; as an overview from simple to complicated science subjects; or as a guide to ensure you're on track for your child's age. Divided into subjects such as "energy" or "Technology" each chapter has sections for each age range with vocabulary, things students should know, and activities. 119 pages, softcover.
Good storytelling teaches---whether heard, read, or seen. Through cinema, your students can learn to critique narrative content and form, identify underlying messages, and analyze from a moral standpoint. The Stouts' guide includes plot summaries, discussion and composition questions, extended-study activities, and teacher's guide for 17 movies (chosen for literary merit and effective filmmaking). Use as a one-year high school course or supplement to grades 7 to 12 English. 335 pages, softcover from Design-A-Study.
Movies often have resounding messages just as literature does; themes of right and wrong, ethics, moral dilemmas, coming of age, plot development and irony are just a few of their common traits. Each chapter begins with information on the film, its background and things to watch for before delving into detailed, multi-layered discussion questions. Students will use thinking skills as they sort out character's actions and intentions throughout the movies. Composition questions and activities for further studies allow you to expand your movie watching experience into as detailed an adventure as you wish! 191 pages, softcover with glossary. 17 movies covered.
Simple and straightforward, this slim volume contains gentle advice and tips for teaching. From setting the tone in your classroom to what to expect from each grade, useful information and reminders will help beginning and even advanced educators keep on track. 106 pages, softcover.