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Writing Strands - Revised Edition

  1. Writing Strands: Teaching Companion: Getting the Most Out of the Writing Strands Program
    Writing Strands: Teaching Companion: Getting the Most Out of the Writing Strands Program
    Dave Marks
    Master Books / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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The Writing Strands Teacher's Companion provides helpful guidance for anyone using the Writing Strands curriculum from Master Books.

Unlike a traditional guide that focuses specifically on one book or level, this teaching companion can be used alongside any level of the new edition of Writing Strands. It provides a helpful overview of the Writing Strands system, as well as additional information on additional writing, grammar, and literature issues that a teacher may face.

It includes:

  • General guidelines on how to approach drafting papers with students and how to give effective writing feedback
  • Discussion of the most common difficulties that students encounter, as well as tips on how to help students overcome these challenges
  • Discussion on how to encourage a lifelong love of reading in students, including suggestions on how to ask good questions when discussing books
  • Suggested goals and objectives for teaching literature, broken down by age
  • An explanation of various elements of fiction and differences in literary genres, as well as appendices with information on basic citation, advice on teaching vocabulary, commonly confused words, and glossaries of grammar and literary terms.

    Special attention is also given to the needs of developing readers, with information on teaching techniques for young readers and tips for helping them understand the meaning of what they read and develop critical thinking skills included. It is recommended that teachers read the Teaching Companion before their students start the course and that they continue to consult it as needed as students learn additional concepts.

    70 pages, softcover.

  1. Writing Strands Beginning 1
    Writing Strands Beginning 1
    Dave Marks
    Master Books / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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Writing Strands: Beginning 1 is part of the newly-revised Writing Strands series; this volume combines Reading Strands with Writing Strands Level 2 from the first edition of this curriculum. It's perfect for students who are at a basic writing level and are able to write simple sentences such as "The dog is big." This comprehensive approach will help students begin to develop a solid foundation in communication as they develop their creative writing skills alongside grammar, sentence construction, logical sequencing, and structure while also developing reading, writing, and speaking skills.

This convenient all-in-one worktext features 180 days of instruction and variety of student activities and exercises. Each week alternates between writing lessons and reading lessons; for their reading, students will read biblical passages as well as books chosen and assigned by the parent. A weekly lesson schedule is also included.

This comprehensive approach will help students begin to develop a solid foundation in communication as they develop their creative writing skills alongside grammar, sentence construction, logical sequencing, and structure while also developing reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students will learn to:

  • Use adjectives to construct sentences
  • Present actions in a logical sequence
  • Write conversations using dialogue structure
  • Describe objects by observing and defining differences
  • Read & Evaluate Literature and more!

This course covers 1 year of language arts instruction at the recommended schedule of 30-45 minutes per lesson, 5 days a week for 36 weeks. Non-reproducible and consumable. Grades 2-3. Softcover. 229 perforated, three-hole-punched pages. NKJV Scripture used.

Please Note: the Writing Strands Teaching Companion is recommended for use with this curriculum (sold-separately or as a free download from the publisher; access included with book purchase).

  1. Writing Strands: Beginning 2
    Writing Strands: Beginning 2
    Dave Marks
    Master Books / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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Writing Strands: Beginning 2 is part of the newly-revised Writing Strands series; this volume combines Reading Strands with Writing Strands Level 3 from the prior edition of this curriculum. This resource covers 180 days of instruction and includes a weekly lesson schedule, student worksheets, and an answer key for the objective questions in the reading lesson portion.

Each week alternates between writing lessons and reading lessons; for their reading, students will read biblical passages as well as books chosen and assigned by the parent. A weekly lesson schedule is also included.

This comprehensive approach will help students begin to develop a solid foundation in communication as they focus on basic, creative, organizational, and descriptive writing skills. This course alternates a week of writing exercises with a week of reading and discussing books and ideas. Students will learn to:

  • Master using sentences and paragraphs, main and supporting ideas, and point of view, as well as the process of rewriting
  • Apply the skill of planning and writing a short story
  • Organize objects so their placement can be understood
  • Understand that all people do not see the same thing in the same ways
  • Demonstrate the ability to connect a number of complicated sentences to make a story
  • Discovering how to discern settings from a biblical passage
  • Identify cultural aspects of literature, and how this can help in better understanding biblical passages
  • and more!

This course covers 1 year of language arts instruction at the recommended schedule of 30-45 minutes per lesson, 5 days a week for 36 weeks. Non-reproducible and consumable. Grades 3-7 depending on skill level - this course is generally recommended for Grade 4. Softcover. 229 perforated, three-hole-punched pages. NKJV Scripture used.

Please Note: the Writing Strands Teaching Companion is recommended for use with this curriculum.

Please Note: the Writing Strands Teaching Companion is recommended for use with this curriculum (sold-separately or as a free download from the publisher)

  1. Writing Strands: Intermediate 1
    Writing Strands: Intermediate 1
    Dave Marks
    New Leaf Publishing / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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Writing Strands: Intermediate 1 is part of the newly-revised Writing Strands series; this volume combines Reading Strands with Writing Strands Level 4 from the prior edition of this curriculum. It's perfect for students who have a basic understanding of how to organize ideas, transition between paragraphs, and use complex sentences.

This resource covers 180 days of instruction and includes a weekly lesson schedule, student worksheets, and an answer key for the objective questions in the reading lesson portion.

Each week alternates between writing lessons and reading lessons; for their reading, students will read biblical passages as well as books chosen and assigned by the parent. The Bible is now used as the literature base for teaching how narrative voice can be used to form captivating pieces of literature.

This comprehensive approach will help students explore the art of writing and discover how to structure a story, utilize topic sentences, organize information, craft written descriptions, explore voice and character position, and so much more! Students will:

  • Connect and organize thoughts, ideas, sentences, and paragraphs
  • Summarize a story
  • Explore the narrative voice and the way in which it speaks to the reader
  • Create visual written descriptions
  • Use past tense, present tense, and future tense correctly
  • Recognize character positions and realize how position controls what characters know
  • Expand on their organizational, descriptive, and paragraph-writing skills.

This course covers 1 year of language arts instruction at the recommended schedule of 30-45 minutes per lesson, 5 days a week for 36 weeks. Non-reproducible and consumable. Grades 4-9, depending on skill level - this course is generally recommended for Grade 5. Softcover. 279 perforated, three-hole-punched pages. NKJV Scripture used.

Please Note: the Writing Strands Teaching Companion is recommended for use with this curriculum (sold-separately or as a free download from the publisher; access included with book purchase).

  1. Writing Strands: Intermediate 2
    Writing Strands: Intermediate 2
    Dave Marks
    New Leaf Publishing / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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Writing Strands: Intermediate 2 is part of the newly-revised Writing Strands series; this volume combines Reading Strands with Writing Strands Level 5 from the prior edition of this curriculum. It's designed to be used after the student has completed Writing Strands: Intermediate 1, and teaches students how to construct effective paragraphs, write persuasively and explore narrative voice while also developing the student's reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students will learn how to read and evaluate literature, practice spelling, analyze worldview, and write a story.

This resource covers 180 days of instruction and includes a weekly lesson schedule, student worksheets, a glossary of helpful terms, and an answer key for the objective questions in the reading lesson portion.

Each week alternates between writing lessons and reading lessons; for their reading, students will read biblical passages as well as books chosen and assigned by the parent.

This comprehensive approach will help students learn how narrative voice and attitude influence the reader, the elements of an effective written argument, explore character voice and dialogue, and more. Students will:

  • Learn how to write concise, insightful business letters
  • Identify and create narrative voice and attitudes
  • Recognize points of an effective argument
  • Discover how to properly punctuate dialogue
  • Craft character speech patters
  • Organize descriptions
  • Write persuasive arguments
  • and more!

This course covers 1 year of language arts instruction at the recommended schedule of 30-45 minutes per lesson, 5 days a week for 36 weeks. Non-reproducible and consumable. Grades 5-9, depending on skill level - this course is generally recommended for Grade 6. Softcover. 279 perforated, three-hole-punched pages. NKJV Scripture used.

Please Note: the Writing Strands Teaching Companion is recommended for use with this curriculum (sold-separately or as a free download from the publisher; access included with book purchase).

  1. Writing Strands Advanced 1
    Writing Strands Advanced 1
    Dave Marks
    New Leaf Publishing / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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Writing Strands: Advanced 1 is part of the newly-revised Writing Strands series; this volume combines Reading Strands with Writing Strands Level 6 from the prior edition of this curriculum. It's designed to be used after the student has completed Writing Strands: Intermediate 2 or for students who are new to Writing Strands and are at least 17 years old.

This resource covers 180 days of instruction and includes a weekly lesson schedule, student worksheets, and an answer key for the objective questions in the reading lesson portion.

Each week alternates between writing lessons and reading lessons; for their reading, students will read biblical passages as well as books chosen and assigned by the parent.

This comprehensive resource focuses on advanced skills such as recognizing and using persuasive language, writing reports, and developing character and conflict in creative pieces.

This course covers 1 year of language arts instruction at the recommended schedule of 30-45 minutes per lesson, 5 days a week for 36 weeks. Non-reproducible and consumable. Grades 6-12, depending on skill level - this course is generally recommended for Grade 7. Softcover. Perforated, three-hole-punched pages. NKJV Scripture used.

Please Note: the Writing Strands Teaching Companion is recommended for use with this curriculum (sold-separately or as a free download from the publisher).

  1. Writing Strands Advanced 2
    Writing Strands Advanced 2
    Dave Marks
    New Leaf Publishing / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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Writing Strands: Advanced 2 is part of the newly-revised Writing Strands series; this volume combines Reading Strands with Writing Strands Level 7 from the prior edition of this curriculum. It's designed to be used after the student has completed Writing Strands: Advanced 1 or for students who are new to Writing Strands and are at least 17-18 years old (before graduating high school).

This resource covers 180 days of instruction and includes a weekly lesson schedule, student worksheets, and an answer key for the objective questions in the reading lesson portion.

Each week alternates between writing lessons and reading lessons; for their reading, students will read biblical passages as well as books chosen and assigned by the parent.

This comprehensive resource focuses on advanced skills such as researching and writing reports, arguing effectively, and developing character and conflict in creative pieces.

This course covers 1 year of language arts instruction at the recommended schedule of 30-45 minutes per lesson, 5 days a week for 36 weeks. Non-reproducible and consumable. Grades 7-12, depending on skill level - this course is generally recommended for Grade 8. Softcover. Perforated, three-hole-punched pages. NKJV Scripture used.

Please Note: theWriting Strands Teaching Companion is recommended for use with this curriculum (sold-separately or as a free download from the publisher).

Writing Strands - Original Edition

  1. Writing Strands Level 1 w/ CD, Ages 4-8
    Writing Strands Level 1 w/ CD, Ages 4-8
    Dave Marks
    National Writing Institute / Trade Paperback
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Writing Strands has helped thousands of homeschooled children to effectively write and communicate in the "real world" as well as their academic lives. Writing Strands 1 is designed for very young children who can't write at all, and is comprised of a series of flexible exercises. Arranged from easiest to hardest, the exercises can be used at whatever level your child is at, for however long you feel that it's necessary--or as long as you both want to! From making up words to finishing sentences and stories, rhyming, discussing stories, visualization and other simple games and activities, your children will be encouraged in a love of language and reading.

  1. Writing Strands Level 2, Grade 2
    Writing Strands Level 2, Grade 2
    Dave Marks
    Master Books / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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This group of assignments in the series called "Writing Strands" is designed to give homeschooled second level students a grounding in the very complicated process of giving others their thoughts in written form. Much of the planning and detail of the writing process is presented here. These assignments are written for you to teach from. This is the only level in which the expectation is that the child cannot work alone. Most seven year olds are too inexperienced to work independently. But, rather than increase your work, this writing process should make it easier for both you and your child to meet the demands for student writing skill. Although "Writing Strands" was not written for grade-level working, this Level Two book has been designed for students who are at what is known as the second grade level. When a child independently can write the sentence, "The dog is big." that child is ready for this level. Scope & Sequence: This level covers adjectives, listing, reporting, paragraphing, ordering actions, grouping and variety, story writing, convincing, writing dialogue, letter writing, personal narration, comparing, greeting cards, projection, imagination.

  1. Writing Strands: Challenging Writing Projects for Homeschoolers, Level 3
    Writing Strands: Challenging Writing Projects for Homeschoolers, Level 3
    Dave Marks
    Master Books / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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This group of assignments in the series called Writing Strands is designed to give homeschooled third level students a grounding in the very complicated process of giving others their thoughts in written form. This level is designed for students who, in public school, would be considered ready for third or even up to seventh grade. Of course, third and seventh grade students would write much differently, but that is not a problem. Both can experience learning the skills presented in this level. It has been designed to be widely applied, for there are many experiences here that most young writers should have. Scope & Sequence: Topics covered in this level are following directions (basic), sentence & paragraph control (basic), rewriting sentences (basic), description (people), description (people's thoughts), organization (activities), organization (objects), description (perspective), story creation (creative), description (organization), description (actions), narrative events (organization), creative (narrative). (Grades 3 to 7.)

  1. Writing Strands Level 4, Grade 8
    Writing Strands Level 4, Grade 8
    Dave Marks
    Master Books / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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This group of assignments is designed to give students a firm grounding in the process of communicating their thoughts in written form. The writing exercises are divided into the four categories of basic, creation, organization and descriptive; this includes exercises on writing about feelings, organizing thoughts into cohesive sentences, outlines, specific writing prompts and more. Writing Strands is designed for homeschoolers who work independently, making the writing process easier for both the teacher and student as the demands for student writing increase. Pages to record student progress with what they feel is their best work are included throughout. This book is for students who have completed Writing Strands 3; normally public school 8th or 9th grade. 99 pages, softcover.

  1. Writing Strands Level 5
    Writing Strands Level 5
    Dave Marks
    Master Books / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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This group of assignments in the series called Writing Strands is designed to give homeschooled fifth level students a grounding in the very complicated process of giving others their thoughts in written form. This level is designed for students who are about fifteen years old. Of course, if a student of any age had finished the fourth level, the next year that student would be ready for this level.

Scope & Sequence: Topics covered in this level are narrative attitude (basic), sentence interest (creative), argument (organization), narrative voice knowledge (creative), active/passive voice (basic), narrative voice position (desription), order (organization), dialogue (basic), reader emotions (creative), tense control (basic), details (description), flashback (organization), foreshadowing (organization), information control (description), following a scenario (creative), letters (organization). Grade 9. Softcover, 91 pages.

  1. Writing Strands Level 6 Grade 10
    Writing Strands Level 6 Grade 10
    Dave Marks
    Master Books / 1998 / Trade Paperback
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This group of assignments in the series called Writing Strands is designed to give sixth level students an introduction to the very complicated process of giving others their thoughts in written form. For 16 yrs and up or students who have completed level 5. Scope & Sequence: This level covers character traits (creative), organizing ideas (report), creating conflict (creative), point of view (explanatory essay), survey (report), book report (report), personal observation (report), interviewing (report), creating characters (creative), decisions (creative), character actions (creative), business letters (organization). Grade 10.

  1. Writing Strands Level 7 Grade 11
    Writing Strands Level 7 Grade 11
    Dave Marks
    Master Books / 2000 / Trade Paperback
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This group of assignments is designed to give seventh level students (generally advanced high school students, if they haven't used Writing Strands) an introduction to the very complicated process of giving others their thoughts in written form. Scope & Sequence: This level covers moving chracters (creative), organizing reports (report), describing for purpose (creative), resolving conflicts (creative), point of view (expository), controlling readers (creative), reporting of surveys (report, exposition), argumentative exposition (essay), book report (report), scientific reports (report), interviewing (creative report), solving problems (creative), emotional reactions (creative), individualizing characterse (creative). Grade 11.

  1. Evaluating Writing
    Evaluating Writing
    Dave Marks
    Master Books / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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Evaluating Writing is the teacher's guide to evaluating Writing Strands assignments. This manual addresses some concerns and conditions that cause children to fear and disdain writing, including: fear and insecurity, motivation, concentration, thinking through ideas, talking about mechanical problems, following directions, not wanting to edit, proofreading and what to do with a child that "just doesn't want to write". It also diagnosis common writing problems, offering solutions to each and includes copious examples of how the rough draft editing process should look. Softcover, 96 pages, indexed.

  1. Writing Exposition
    Writing Exposition
    David Marks
    Master Books / 1999 / Trade Paperback
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Writing Strands Writing Exposition presents a number of challenging exercises designed for the college-bound writer. Essays provide advice on everything from cover art to bias, the use of "I", cultural stability and exclamation points. Review exercises are given at the conclusion of each chapter, and student papers and examples from real-life writing are given to provide illustration of the techniques presented. 145 pages, softcover.

  1. Writing Strands: Challenging Writing Projects for Homeschoolers, Level 3
    Writing Strands: Challenging Writing Projects for Homeschoolers, Level 3
    Dave Marks
    Master Books / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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    4 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    Stock No: WW17451

This group of assignments in the series called Writing Strands is designed to give homeschooled third level students a grounding in the very complicated process of giving others their thoughts in written form. This level is designed for students who, in public school, would be considered ready for third or even up to seventh grade. Of course, third and seventh grade students would write much differently, but that is not a problem. Both can experience learning the skills presented in this level. It has been designed to be widely applied, for there are many experiences here that most young writers should have. Scope & Sequence: Topics covered in this level are following directions (basic), sentence & paragraph control (basic), rewriting sentences (basic), description (people), description (people's thoughts), organization (activities), organization (objects), description (perspective), story creation (creative), description (organization), description (actions), narrative events (organization), creative (narrative). (Grades 3 to 7.)

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