We have only used this book for 2 weeks now, but I've got to admit that I do like it. The biggest plus so far is that I don't get the rolled eyes and groans when it's time to pull out Wordsmith, like I did with last year's writing curriculum I chose.
When I asked my 14 year old daughter what she thought of it, her response was:
"Way better than last year, for sure. AND I'm having fun with the thesaurus".
I just started this with my 13 y.o. dd who has never written more than a paragragh. I was so surprised when we got to a part that said to ask the student if they wanted to do "more practice". I thought for sure she would say no but to my delight she chose to try the extra practice and is doing her best!! Mrs. Cheaney truly knows how to inspire reluctant writers!
This book is excellent for students who want to learn english within the boundaries of writing. It teaches both parts when you are reminded of grammar studies which comes through in the value of writing. Wordsmith integrates both very well. Highly recommended.