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The Life of Fred Language Arts Series is designed for the high school years; it is recommended that books be used in order: Australia, Begin Teaching, Classes, and Dreams. Short and to the point, each contains 19 daily lessons that are rich in the rules of the English Language. Covering grammar (not literature and writing) -as well as the many other facts about other topics Fred always integrates--these books are perfect for those who want to learn foundational English skills through the fun style of Life of Fred.
Australia is the first book in the four-book series. Nineteen chapters are included. Each is designed to take one day and includes approximately four pages with a "Your Turn to Play" exercise set at the end (which consists of 3-4 questions). Answers are provided on the next page for students to go over themselves after attempting to solve the problems.
This book covers: Seven billion = 7,000,000,000, Indentation to begin paragraphs, Three punctuation marks to end a sentence, Punctuation began common usage around 1450 (with the invention of the printing press), Two to the third power, Subjunctive mood used much more frequently in German, French, and Latin than in English, Postscripts, Picoseconds, Six question words (who, when, where, why, what, and how), State abbreviations, Correct way to hold a pencil, Plurals of words (two cases), Irregular plurals, Finding your calling in life, Opening and closing salutations, Only the first word in a closing salutation is capitalized, Australia is between the Indian and the Pacific oceans, Silent letters, Islands vs. continents-the four questions to ask, Homonyms, Topology, Daniel Boone, Is noon a.m. or p.m.?, Proofreading, A bus with no door, Exaggerating vs. lying, Hyperbole, That vs. which, Land of Nod, Using commas in lists, Five- and fifteen-year-olds think about clothing differently, When to omit the s after the apostrophe when forming a possessive, When to ask questions, Magnetic north pole is moving, Pole reversals, Continual vs. continuous, Less vs. fewer, Heteronyms, Two past tenses of kneel and of dream, Verbs defined, Winter in June, How to have two summers and no winters each year, Prefixes, Stich and hemistich, Alliteration, International Date Line, Five ways to make plurals, Two uses of an apostrophe, Autobiography, Vowels, Six ways to make plurals, Two past tenses of sneak, A seventh and eighth way to make plurals, Which countries use the metric system.
128 pages, indexed, hardcover with smyth-sewn binding. Answers are also included in the text and written directly to the student. Grade 9, or advanced 8th grade students.
Vendor: Polka Dot Publishing
Dimensions: 10.38 X 7.25 X 0.55 (inches)
Series: Life of Fred
National Geographic Traveler: Australia, 5th EditionRoff Martin SmithNational Geographic / 2014 / Trade Paperback$25.16 Retail:
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TLee4 Stars Out Of 5Great way to learn and/or review grammarSeptember 22, 2015TLeeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Australia is the first book in a 4 book series that my 6th and 8th grader are currently working their way through this year. Like many, we fell in love with LOF math series first and thought we would give this a whirl. We are constantly reading and writing but haven't reviewed the "rules" of grammar in a few years, and I thought it prudent to do so before my oldest hits high school.
We are currently in the 3rd book of the series (Classes) and I am very pleased with the entire series thus far. Not only are my children thoroughly enjoying these books, but they are also learning a great deal. We are using this in conjunction with an English section of an ACT prep manual, and along with this book, they are both doing extremely well with the ACT prep questions.
As long as my children grow into adults who are able to communicate in a kind and succinct manner, I honestly don't care if they can diagram a sentence perfectly or understand the difference between coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. However, if they desire to pursue higher education, then it will be important that they score well on college entrance tests.
Do I believe the LOF Language Arts series can work miracles and teach them everything they need to know? No, but I don't believe any curriculum can do that. I do believe that the LOF Language Arts series (along with a very well-rounded educational experience) has helped them to accomplish my goals for them and has prepared them for any challenges they may face in the future.
Celia Hartmann1 Stars Out Of 5This is high school level???September 14, 2015Celia HartmannQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1The back covers claim that doing the four books in this new language arts series "will take you beyond what most high school graduates and many college English majors know."
My tenth grade daughter just finished the first book, Australia. Because each chapter in the book only had 2 or 3 questions, we opted to do 2 chapters a day with 3 chapters on the last day. The book was completed in 9 school days. For the entire book, there were less than 50 questions to answer. It could have been easily done in an afternoon or two.
As long-time fans of the LOF math series, I had high hopes for the LOF language arts series. However, I knew upon my first scan of the newly-arrived book that this new language arts series would not meet my expectations for a high school language arts supplement. I think the best way of teaching grammar skills at the high school level is through editing, so I wanted a supplement to more systematically review grammar, usage, and mechanics, while at the same time not be an overwhelming, full-blown curriculum. Since we love the many adventures of Fred in the math books, I thought the new language arts series would do the trick for our situation.
Before I even opened the book, I noticed that it was not very thick (125 pages, plus a 3 page index). Then I opened up the book...true to Fred style are the numerous graphics, but what drew my eye was the huge font size. Honestly, it looks like it's written as an early reader for a 2nd grader. And, now that my daughter is done with the book, the information presented felt mostly 2nd grade level as well. Topics included: indenting the first sentence of a paragraph, punctuation marks to end a sentence, addressing an envelop, plurals, opening and closing salutations of a letter, silent letters, past tense, alliteration, and a couple more topics. Of course, as is the style of all Fred books, there are also discussions of other topics not related to language arts. The most advanced language arts topics in this first book were: that vs. which clauses, heteronyms and homonyms, and alliteration. And, oh yeah, in a footnote, subjunctive case was mentioned.
Even though I only use LOF books as supplemental material, I do not have plans to buy the rest of the language arts series.