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  1. Read with the Best: American Literature Volume 1 1500- 1860 Student Workbook
    Read with the Best: American Literature Volume 1 1500- 1860 Student Workbook
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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Critical, informed reading doesn't come naturally. Read with the Best: American Literature features excerpts from works of great American literature along with engaging activities that provide continual practice of critical thinking, reading, literary analysis, and writing skills, teaching students to truly think and thoughtfully engage with what they're reading.

Focusing on actual skills rather than abstract rules, grammar is taught in the context of writing as students follow in the footsteps of literary giants. Each week features a new author: Columbus, Bradford, Winthrop, Bradstreet, Rowlandson, Mather, Edwards, Franklin, Adams, Paine, Jefferson, Wheatly, Irving, Emerson, Longfellow, Hawthorne, Poe, Dickenson, and other classic American authors each have a week's lessons that include five to six different areas:

  • "Background Checks" about the author
  • "Words to Know" that need to be defined.
  • "Literary Analysis" that covers literary terms that are tested every 6 weeks
  • "Critical Reading" sections includes questions about each passage
  • "Make it Real" applies learned skills to what students already know
  • "Culminating Activities" that are given at the end of the week to help students master lessons.
  • "Writing Assignments" that are given every two weeks and related to literary passages and authors; a research paper is given for the last half of the year. Word lists, tips for students with different learning styles, and other helps are included. 240 pages, softcover. Grades 8-12. This course is designed to take one year.Covers 1500-1860.

  1. Read with the Best: American Literature Volume 1 1500- 1860 Teacher's Edition
    Read with the Best: American Literature Volume 1 1500- 1860 Teacher's Edition
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $33.99 Retail: $35.95 Save 5% ($1.96)
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This teacher's guide accompanies the sold-separately Reading with the Best American Literature Volume 1 Student Workbook: 1 500-1860. Student pages are reproduced with the correct answers overlaid, and vocabulary tests with test answer keys are included. Vocab tests are multiple choice.

  1. Read with the Best American Literature, Volume 2 (1860-1950) Student Workbook
    Read with the Best American Literature, Volume 2 (1860-1950) Student Workbook
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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Critical, informed reading doesn't come naturally. Read with the Best: American Literature Volume II features excerpts from works of great American literature from the years 1860-1950 along with engaging activities that provide continual practice of critical thinking, reading, vocabulary, literary, and writing skills, teaching students to truly think and thoughtfully engage with what they're reading.

This volume focuses on the literary analysis and critical reading skills required for the new SAT, AP Literature exams, and in college level classes. Instruction on SAT/ACT vocabulary words and on the five-paragraph essay is integrated throughout as test preparation. This book includes 34 weeks of critical reading with weeks 35 and 36 open for review and testing. Authors covered include Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, Stephen Crane, Willa Cather, James Weldon Johnson, Langton Hughes, Arthur Miller, Thornton Wilder, and others.

Each week's lessons include five to six different areas:

  • "Background Checks" about the author

  • "Words to Know" that need to be defined
  • "Literary Analysis" that covers literary terms that are tested every 6 weeks
  • "Critical Reading" sections includes questions about each passage
  • "Make it Real" applies learned skills to what students already know
  • "Culminating Activities" that are given at the end of the week to help students master lessons.
  • "Writing Assignments" that are given every two weeks and related to literary passages and authors; a research paper is given for the last half of the year.

Word lists, tips for students with different learning styles, and other helps are included. 254 pages, softcover. Grades 8-12. This Volume II course is designed to take one year; together with the sold-separately Read with the Best: American Literature Volume I 1500-1860 it would become a two-year course.

List of Required Materials that will need to be obtained independently:

  • The Norton Anthology of American Literature -2008 Shorter 7th Edition ONLY (ISBN 978-0393930573)

  • Write with the Best, Vol. 2
  • The New American Heritage Dictionary and Thesaurus or Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Writing a Research Paper-A Step-by-Step Approach, Newest Edition
  • Writing a Research Paper Teacher's Edition
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder

  1. Read with the Best American Literature, Volume 2 (1860-1950) Teacher's Edition
    Read with the Best American Literature, Volume 2 (1860-1950) Teacher's Edition
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2014 / Trade Paperback
    $33.49 Retail: $35.95 Save 7% ($2.46)
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This teacher's guide accompanies the sold-separately Read with the Best American Literature, Volume 2 (1860-1950) Student Workbook. Student pages are reproduced with the correct answers overlaid. Multiple-choice vocabulary tests with test answer keys are also included.

  1. Read With the Best: British Literature Student Workbook
    Read With the Best: British Literature Student Workbook
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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Critical, informed reading doesn't come naturally. Read with the Best: British Literature features excerpts from works of great British literature along with engaging activities that integrate critical thinking, reading, vocabulary, literary, and writing skills, teaching students to truly think and thoughtfully engage with what they're reading.

This curriculum focuses on the literary analysis and critical reading skills found on the SAT, ACT, AP Literature exams, and in college level classes. Instruction on SAT/ACT vocabulary words and on the five-paragraph essay is integrated throughout as test preparation. Authors covered include Thomas Malory, Edmund Spenser, John Donne, Jonathan Swift, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Yeats, C.S. Lewis, and others.

Each week's lessons include five to six different areas:

  • "Background Checks" about the author

  • "Words to Know" that need to be defined
  • "Literary Analysis" that covers literary terms that are tested every 6 weeks
  • "Critical Reading" sections includes questions about each passage
  • "Make it Real" applies learned skills to what students already know
  • "Culminating Activities" that are given at the end of the week to help students master lessons.
  • "Writing Assignments" that are given every two weeks and related to literary passages and authors; a research paper is given for the last half of the year.

231 pages, softcover. Grades 8-12. This course covers 34 weeks, with weeks 35 and 36 open for review and testing.

List of Required Materials that will need to be obtained independently:

  • The Norton Anthology of English Literature-The Major Authors-8th Edition (Single Vol. Hardcover- 9780393928280, Single Vol.Paperback: 9780393928297, 2 Vol. Paperback-9780393928327)

  • Write with the Best, Vol. 2
  • The New American Heritage Dictionary and Thesaurus or Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Writing a Research Paper-A Step-by-Step Approach, Newest Edition from Sadlier-Oxford Publishing
  • Writing a Research Paper Teacher's Edition from Sadlier-Oxford Publishing
  • Macbeth-No Fear Shakespeare by Spark Publishing
  • Frankenstein by Shelley (Kaplan Publishing "SAT Score-Raising Classic" edition recommended)
  • The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
  • Two novels of choice from the book list in appendix.

  1. Read With the Best: British Literature Teacher's  Edition
    Read With the Best: British Literature Teacher's Edition
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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This teacher's guide accompanies the book "Read with the Best British Literature" by Jill Dixon. Student pages are reproduced with the correct answers overlaid, and vocabulary tests with test answer keys are included. Vocab tests are multiple choice. 203 pages, softcover, plus tests.

  1. Read with the Best for the Middle Grades: The Ancient World Student Workbook (Grades 4-8)
    Read with the Best for the Middle Grades: The Ancient World Student Workbook (Grades 4-8)
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2017 / Trade Paperback
    $19.19
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    Stock No: WW377801

The Read with the Best: The Ancient World for the Middle Grades (4th-8th) Student Workbook is designed to introduce students to literary elements, advanced vocabulary, and critical thinking skills through 32 weeks of literature, grammar, critical reading, and vocabulary study. Questions, games, worksheets, and a number of hands-on activities will appeal to all learning styles. Vocabulary was chosen to help prepare students for the SAT and ACT. Grammar is taught through the literary analysis of descriptive writing.

Worksheets are organized by week and include directions on what students are supposed to read and the activities they're supposed to do. Students will identify the part of speech and list synonyms for vocabulary words, use new vocabulary in context, answer questions that cover reading comprehension and critical reading, and complete a variety of activities.

The book Time Rimes is sold-separately but recommended to teach critical history facts and learn about biographical figures through rhyme. The (sold-separately) teacher's guide includes supplemental worksheets that can be used as assessments.

Required Resources (not-included; all must be obtained separately):

  • The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (ISBN: 9780140303353)
  • Mara Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw (ISBN: 9780140319293)
  • Tirzah by Lucille Travis (ISBN: 9780836135466)
  • The Children's Homer by Padraic Colum (ISBN: 9780689868832)
  • D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by Ingri D'aulaire (ISBN: 9780440406945)
  • Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield (ISBN: 9780152162801)
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (ISBN: 9780395137192)

Recommended Resources (also sold-separately) include: The Story of the World, Growing with Grammar, Saxon Grammar, Write with the Best Volumes 1 and 2.

91 pages (reproducible for immediate family use), softcover. Grades 4-8.

  1. Read with the Best for the Middle Grades: The Ancient World Teacher's Edition (Grades 4-8)
    Read with the Best for the Middle Grades: The Ancient World Teacher's Edition (Grades 4-8)
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2017 / Trade Paperback
    $21.99
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 07/27/17.
    Stock No: WW377802

This teacher's edition is designed to be used with the Read with the Best: The Ancient World Student Workbook (not-included and sold-separately).

Student pages are reproduced with the correct answers overlaid. The appendices include literature and vocabulary games and supplemental graphic-organizer worksheets that can be used for assessments or additional activities. 81 pages, softcover plus appendices.

  1. Time Rimes: The Ancient World (Creation - 100 A.D.)
    Time Rimes: The Ancient World (Creation - 100 A.D.)
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2017 / Trade Paperback
    $19.19
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 07/27/17.
    Stock No: WW377803

Time Rimes is part of the Read with the Best: The Ancient World curriculum. This unique book features rhymes about crucial facts, dates, and people from Creation to 100 A.D. Learn about Herodotus, the Fertile Crescent and Mesopotamia, Egyptian Religion, Greek Scientists, Alexander the Great, the Beginning of Rome, The Twelve Tribes of Israel, the Destruction of Jerusalem, and more. The poems are followed by a section of worksheets with some words removed for students to fill in the blank with the correct word or phrase. The back of the book contains pages of biography figures and terms for a timeline with facts and dates (and often an accompanying illustration or photograph). Finally, a section of biography tests (with answers) are provided. 98 pages plus test section, softcover. Reproducible for use within the immediate family.

Write with the Best

  1. Write With The Best: Modeling Writing after Great Works of World Literature, Volume 1 (Grades 3-12)
    Write With The Best: Modeling Writing after Great Works of World Literature, Volume 1 (Grades 3-12)
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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Good writers are made by reading good writing. This curriculum features excerpts from works of great literature, as well as fun activities that provide continual practice with proofreading, listening comprehension, genres, and how to tailor your writing to what you're writing. Focusing on actual skills rather than abstract rules, grammar is taught in the context of writing as students follow in the footsteps of literary giants. This is part of a two-book series (Volume 2 sold separately) that's designed to take 18 weeks per volume, with 2 weeks spent per unit. Lessons are organized by day with the number of objectives listed out and brief instructions on what they're to write. Word lists, tips for students with different learning styles, and other helps are included. 106 pages, softcover. Grades 3-12.

  1. Write With The Best: Modeling Writing after Great Authors of World Literature, Volume 2 (Grades 6-12)
    Write With The Best: Modeling Writing after Great Authors of World Literature, Volume 2 (Grades 6-12)
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2003 / Trade Paperback
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Good writers are made by reading good writing. This curriculum features excerpts from works of great literature, as well as fun activities that provide continual practice with writing poetry, business letters, taking notes, writing essays, and writing a literary critique. Focusing on actual skills rather than abstract rules, grammar is taught in the context of writing as students follow in the footsteps of literary giants. This is part of a two-book series (Volume 1 sold separately) that's designed to take 18 weeks per volume, with 2 weeks spent per unit. Lessons are organized by day with the number of objectives listed out and brief instructions on what they're to write. Word lists, tips for students with different learning styles, and other helps are included. 139 pages, softcover. Grades 6-12.

More Language Arts Curriculum from Jill Dixon

  1. Write Your Own Autobiography & Master Descriptive Writing, Grades 3-8
    Write Your Own Autobiography & Master Descriptive Writing, Grades 3-8
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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Writing is easier---and can be more enjoyable---when students are writing about what they know best: themselves! The Me You See is designed to introduce students to the art of writing descriptively while creating a finished autobiography. Both practice and autobiography pages are included, with prompts such as: arranging the student's life as a timeline, writing the five senses, a practice event page, a recipe to create "you," a fable from the student's life, how the student plans to change the word, and more. Students should work on one-to-two pages a week; a proofreading checklist is included for all writing assignments involving paragraphs. The final autobiography will have 28 pages. Pages are looseleaf and designed to be bound (not three-hole-punched) for a polished final product. Grades 3-8.

  1. Roots and Fruits: A Comprehensive Vocabulary Curriculum Covering Grades K-12
    Roots and Fruits: A Comprehensive Vocabulary Curriculum Covering Grades K-12
    Jill J. Dixon
    Diagnostic Prescriptive / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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Help children learn to decode--and remember--vocabulary built from Latin and Greek roots! Start early, and you'll leave enough time for them to have mastered hundreds of vocabulary words in time for higher-level work and tests in high school. With roots for kindergarteners up through high school, start wherever it's appropriate for your children. Teaching tips and games are at the beginning, before moving on to alphabetical lists which include the root, the meaning, and a few vocabulary words that use it. 83 pages, softcover. Grades K-12.

This new edition includes a number of updates from the old edition! Over 120 new roots (now 797!) are included, over 700 new vocabulary words (now 2449), more highlighted SAT words, 12 new games and activities, and a brand new category of 16 daily worksheets are included.