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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.
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.
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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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.