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  1. Writing with Ease: Strong Fundamentals Guide to Designing Your Elementary Writing Curriculum
    Writing with Ease: Strong Fundamentals Guide to Designing Your Elementary Writing Curriculum
    Susan Wise Bauer
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2015 / Trade Paperback
    $19.49 Retail: $29.95 Save 35% ($10.46)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews

Susan Wise Bauer has created a simple-to-use program designed to teach the fundamentals of the English language: The Complete Writer series. This program is comprised of this teacher's instruction book as well as the (sold-separately) workbooks for Grades/Levels 1-4.

Writing with Ease will walk the teacher step-by-step through each level of assignments. A week of complete scripted lessons with reading passages, narration, and copywork assignments are given, which may be extended with personally chosen supplements. Various font sizes make it easy to distinguish between scripted questions, narrations to read, and instructions for the teacher. The 4 levels (covering grades 1-4) are each designed to be completed in a 36-week school year. 252 indexed pages, softcover.

  1. Writing with Ease - Level One, Workbook
    Writing with Ease - Level One, Workbook
    Susan Wise Bauer
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2008 / Trade Paperback
    $24.99 Retail: $34.95 Save 28% ($9.96)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 7 Reviews

A new series on teaching writing, from the author of "The Well-Trained Mind," In "Writing with Ease," Susan Wise Bauer lays out an alternative plan for teaching writing, one that combines the best elements of old-fashioned writing instruction with innovative new educational methods. The workbooks provide lessons, student worksheets, and teacher instructions for every day of writing instruction. Each covers one year of study. Used along with "Writing with Ease," Level One (first in a planned four-volume set) completes the elementary-grade writing curriculum.

  1. Writing with Ease Level Two Workbook
    Writing with Ease Level Two Workbook
    Susan Wise Bauer
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2008 / Trade Paperback
    $24.99 Retail: $34.95 Save 28% ($9.96)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews

Designed to be used alongside Susan Wise Bauer's Writing with Ease manual, this Level 2 workbook provides a week-by-week, day-by-day collection of practical exercises. Dictation assignments, comprehension questions, and reading passages from classic children's literature are included, allowing writers to hone their skills in the style of great authors. Semi-scripted lessons take all the guesswork out of teaching writing, while the thorough content covered leaves no gaps in students' writing style! 176 pages, including lined & labeled writing pages for the appropriate exercises. Pages are reproducible for within a single family.

  1. Writing with Ease Level 3 Workbook
    Writing with Ease Level 3 Workbook
    Susan Wise Bauer
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2009 / Trade Paperback
    $22.99 Retail: $36.95 Save 38% ($13.96)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews

A new series on teaching writing from the author of "The Well-Trained Mind", Susan Wise Bauer lays out an innovative plan, one that combines the best elements of old-fashioned writing instruction with new educational methods. Designed to be used alongside the sold-separately core text Writing with Ease, this workbook provides lessons clearly organized by week and day. Scripted for maximum ease of use, narrations, questions, dictations, and teaching instruction (including definitions for words used in the readings) are all provided within the lessons; the back of the book contains referenced student workbook pages and the needed reading passages and sentences. Covers one year of study; this workbook is third in the series. 272 pages, softcover. Pages are reproducible for in-family use only. Grade 3.

  1. Writing with Ease Level 4 Workbook
    Writing with Ease Level 4 Workbook
    Susan Wise Bauer
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2010 / Trade Paperback
    $23.95 Retail: $36.95 Save 35% ($13.00)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews

Designed to be used alongside Susan Wise Bauer's The Complete Writer: Writing with Ease Manual this Level 4 workbook provides a week-by-week, day-by-day collection of practical exercises. Dictation assignments, comprehension questions, and reading passages from classic children's literature are included, allowing writers to hone their skills in the style of great authors. Semi-scripted lessons take all the guesswork out of teaching writing, while the thorough content leaves no gaps in students' writing skills! 302 pages, including lined & labeled writing pages for the appropriate exercises. Pages are reproducible for within a single family. Grades 4-5.

The Complete Writer Level 5; Writing with Skill Level 1

  1. Writing with Skill Student Workbook Level 1; Level 5 of The Complete Writer
    Writing with Skill Student Workbook Level 1; Level 5 of The Complete Writer
    Susan Wise Bauer
    Well-Trained Mind Press / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Susan Wise Bauer wrote the Writing with Skill for students to begin to work through independently, and the text is written directly to the student. Organized by days, each "step" progressively moves students through the workbook as they move from one day to the next. Covering the basics of composition, outlining, sentence skills, beginning literary criticism of poetry and prose, writing narratives and descriptions, and researching and documenting sources, the course culminates with a final project. Using extensive literary models and step-by-step instructions on the lesson concepts, students will gain the tools needed to write with clarify and confidence. All source material is included; students will need to write their assignments in a separate book. Grade 5-8. 544 pages, softcover.

  1. Writing with Skill Instructor Text Level One Level 5 of the Complete Writer
    Writing with Skill Instructor Text Level One Level 5 of the Complete Writer
    Susan Wise Bauer
    Well-Trained Mind Press / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews

This teacher's edition accompanies the sold-separately Writing with Skill Student Workbook, Level 1. While the Writing with Skill program is designed for students to begin to work through on their own, this teacher's guide is easily structured for parents to help their students when necessary. Broken up by week, elements that students are to complete independently are clearly noted "Student Responsibility;" portions without the note may require help to complete or check the assignment and often have the heading "How to help the student with step (x)." Student instructions for all sections are included, and are listed by day in bold print that makes it easy to find your place. Within each week's lesson, assessment rubrics, answers, explanations of more difficult concepts, and discussion questions are provided for a complete guide on teaching writing. 580 pages, softcover.

The Complete Writer Level 6; Writing with Skill Level 2

  1. The Complete Writer: Writing With Skill Student  Workbook Level 2
    The Complete Writer: Writing With Skill Student Workbook Level 2
    Susan Wise-Bauer
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $19.89 Retail: $30.95 Save 36% ($11.06)
    2 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews

Writing with Skill: Level 2 is the second book in the Writing with Skill series, and the 6th in The Complete Writer series by Susan Wise Bauer.

Perfect for middle school students who are continuing to work independently, the text is written directly to the student and organized by weeks, days, and then "steps" that progressively move students through the workbook. Students simply read through their lesson (which integrates instruction and the exercises) and follow the instructions given for each day.

Level 2 provides extensive coverage of organization, composition structure, and research methods through straightforward yet detailed explanations of how to construct their writing. Topics in history, science, literature, and poetry are provided with all necessary source material included right in the text! Students will also learn:

  • One-, two-, and three-level outlining

  • How to write chronological narratives, biographical sketches, descriptions, and sequences across the curriculum
  • Critical literary essays on fiction and poetry
  • How to research and document source material

Using literary models from great literature and step-by-step instructions on the lesson concepts, students will gain the tools needed to write with clarify and confidence. Students will need to write their assignments in a separate book. Grades 5-8. 482 pages, softcover.

  1. The Complete Writer: Writing With Skill Instructor Text Level 2
    The Complete Writer: Writing With Skill Instructor Text Level 2
    Susan Wise-Bauer
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $22.89 Retail: $34.95 Save 35% ($12.06)
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    Stock No: WW333396

This teacher's edition accompanies the (sold-separately) The Complete Writer: Writing with Skill Student Workbook Level 2. While the Writing with Skill program is designed for students to work through on their own, this teacher's guide is structured to help parents assist their students when necessary. Broken up by week, elements that students are to complete independently are clearly noted "Student Responsibility;" portions without the note often have the heading "How to help the student with step (x)" and highlight when students may require help to complete or check the assignment. Student instructions for all sections are included, and are listed by day in bold print that makes it easy to find your place. Within each week's lesson, assessment rubrics, answers, model compositions, explanations of more difficult concepts, and discussion questions are provided for a complete guide on teaching writing. 610 pages, softcover.

The Complete Writer Level 7; Writing with Skill Level 3

  1. Writing With Skill Student Workbook Level 3
    Writing With Skill Student Workbook Level 3
    Susan Wise-Bauer
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback
    $19.89 Retail: $30.95 Save 36% ($11.06)
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    Stock No: WW339740

Writing with Skill: Level 3 is the third book in the Writing with Skill series, and the 7th within the full The Complete Writer series by Susan Wise Bauer.

Perfect for middle school students who are continuing to work independently, the text is written directly to the student and organized by weeks, days, and then "steps" that progressively move students through the workbook. Students simply read through their lesson (which integrates instruction and the exercises) and follow the instructions given for each day.

Level 3 builds upon the skills introduced in Level 2, with a focus on outlining, rewriting, research, and documentation, while introducing new skills such as narrative by significance, explanation by cause and effect, instructional sequence, and experimental sequence. Topics in history, science, literature, and poetry are provided with all necessary source material included right in the text! Students will also spend more time researching and writing their own original compositions. Students will also study:

  • Topic sentences
  • Documentation, plagiarism, introductions, and conclusions
  • Writing about fiction & poetry
  • Place description and chronological narrative

Using literary models from great literature and step-by-step instructions on the lesson concepts, students will gain the tools needed to write with clarify and confidence. Students will need to write their assignments in a separate book. Grades 5-8. 416 pages, softcover.

  1. Writing With Skill Instructor Text Level 3
    Writing With Skill Instructor Text Level 3
    Susan Wise-Bauer
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback
    $24.99 Retail: $34.95 Save 28% ($9.96)
    Availability: In Stock
    Stock No: WW339735

This teacher's edition accompanies the (sold-separately) Writing with Skill Student Workbook Level 3. While the Writing with Skill program is designed for students to work through on their own, this teacher's guide is structured to help parents assist their students when necessary. Broken up by week and day, making it easy to find your place, student instructions for all sections are included. Within each week's lesson, assessment rubrics, answers, model compositions, explanations of more difficult concepts, and notes on how to help students with specific steps or concepts are included. 591 pages, softcover. Level 3

The Creative Writer

  1. The Creative Writer Level One: Five Finger Exercises
    The Creative Writer Level One: Five Finger Exercises
    Boris Fishman
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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    Stock No: WW333955

A writing workshop in-a-book, The Creative Writer provides 36 weeks of lessons divided between fiction (organized as weeks 1-18) and poetry (weeks 1-18); within those two sections, units are further divided into literary categories such as plot, sound, setting, dialogue, and description. Addressing both the content and style of imaginative writing, lessons include a succinctly stated purpose, and are followed by a short lesson, literary example, lesson assignment, and challenge exercise.

Encouraging both younger and older writers to work with a mentor, a section of "mentor materials" at the back of the book is designed to be photocopied and given to the designated mentor/instructor. Comprised of an explanation of the lesson with suggestions of things to look for or draw the writer's attention towards, these exercises will provide practice with working with an audience. Teaching the "craft" and "how-tos" of writing while still acknowledging the individual, creative process, The Creative Writer will provide the structure to truly let your writing soar. 211 pages, softcover.

  1. The Creative Writer, Level 2: Essential Ingredients
    The Creative Writer, Level 2: Essential Ingredients
    Boris Fishman
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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Picking up after The Creative Writer: Level 1, this second volume refreshes and builds upon those lessons on plot, character, dialogue, and other storytelling basics. The first 18-weeks focus on fiction and the second 18-weeks on poetry. Fiction units are further divided into literary categories such as plot, character, dialogue, setting, point of view, and scene. The Grimm's fairy tale "The Golden Goose" is chosen as the example for each section, with a different element emphasized in each chapter. Poetry units include subjects, word choice, form and sound, and nonsense. At the end of each section, challenge exercises provide an opportunity for students to put their newly-learned knowledge into practice.

Encouraging both younger and older writers to work with a mentor, a section of "mentor materials" at the back of the book provides teaching hints and tips. Teaching the "craft" and "how-tos" of writing while still acknowledging the individual, creative process, The Creative Writer Level 2: Essential Ingredients will provide the structure to truly let your writing soar. 311 pages, softcover. Grades 6-8.

  1. The Creative Writer, Level 3: Building Your Craft
    The Creative Writer, Level 3: Building Your Craft
    Boris Fishman
    Well-Trained Mind Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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The Creative Writer Level 3 continues to strengthen and build the writing skills taught in the previous two volumes. Moving away from the broad categories of the "five essentials" of the short story, this level focuses upon the details of technique. With an overarching focus on character, students will complete lessons that emphasize vivid & original prose, precision, showing & telling, and "getting away from yourself."

The poetry section covers many of the same elements as Level 2, but at a faster pace, and through working with a published poem, rather than student-written pieces. Written directly to the student, at the end of each section, challenge exercises provide an opportunity for students to put their newly-learned knowledge into practice.

Encouraging writers to work with a mentor, a section of "mentor materials" at the back of the book provides teaching hints and tips. Teaching the "craft" and "how-tos" of writing while still acknowledging the individual, creative process, The Creative Writer Level 3: Building Your Craft will provide the nitty-gritty instruction to polish student writing. 36 weeks of instruction, divided between fiction and poetry. 292 pages, softcover. Grades 7-9.

  1. The Creative Writer, Level 4: Becoming a Writer
    The Creative Writer, Level 4: Becoming a Writer
    Boris Fishman
    Well-Trained Mind Press / Trade Paperback
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The Creative Writer Level 4 reviews the skills taught in Levels 1-3 while adding more advanced skills and tips for "the writing life." Students will learn how to find time to write, how to maintain discipline, how to deal with rejection, and about submitting to literary journals. The latter provides the primary goal of the curriculum: a story and poem polished enough to submit. The first level without a mentor section, this curriculum is designed to be used independently, though an outside reader is encouraged. Chapters include a discussion of the topic, an assignment, and a concluding challenge exercise. The poetry section features polishing instruction on word choice and revision, sound, forms, nonsense, and poetry as a public exercise.

Designed for older students, the readings increase in maturity as well. Parents may wish to preview selections for younger students using this curriculum. The Creative Writer Level 4: Becoming a Writer will provide guide students towards becoming a true writer. 36 weeks of instruction, divided between fiction and poetry. 240 pages, softcover. Grades 8-10.