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This Apologia writing curriculum is a complete, writing-focused language arts program that integrates grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.
Teaching students about sentence structure, the parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization, and usage within the context of creating clear, engaging stories and essays, this program sets aside the traditional "personal/ expository/persuasive/narrative" divisions in favor of real-life writing assignments. Volume 1 focuses on introducing the parts of speech and how they function in a sentence, including: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections.
Thorough and systematic, six units and twenty-four modules are included, with lively and colorful lessons building on previously-taught concepts, skills, and terms. The easy-to-use, "all-in-one" Student Text and Workbook features an engaging tone that's written directly to the student. Each unit opener includes a focus on a Christian writer, unit overview, and rubric; units include models from professional writers for students to study and use as an inspiration for their own writing. Modules integrate clear, engaging instruction with sidebar notes and a variety of exercises.
Assignments cycle through four types of writing tasks:
- I Remember: assignments focused on the personal narrative
- I Imagine: creative writing assignments such as short stories, poetry, and novels
- I Investigate: research skills assignments
- I Think: tasks that teach opinion and argument writing, including persuasive and argument writing
Grades 4-8; can be used with children in different grades simultaneously with adjustment. Suggested schedule is for 128 days of work, which means this volume can be completed in 32 weeks working 4 days per week.
576 pages, spiralbound softcover. Glossary and appendices included. Non-reproducible and consumable. Scripture is from the ESV.
Number of Pages: 616
Vendor: Apologia Educational Ministries
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Writers in Residence
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Valerie1 Stars Out Of 5Not a good fit!January 6, 2018ValerieQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1I would recommend being able to review this curriculum in it's entirely before purchasing it. The actual writing assignments were not a good fit for my 4th and 7th grader. Both of my boys are adopted and the family tree assignment was a big challenge. I really wanted to like this curriculum, because it combined grammar and writing, but finally decided I need to find a different writing program to finish out the year. I am bummed.
DawnMarylandAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A One-Stop-Shop Writing Course!September 27, 2017DawnMarylandAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This writing course was just what I was hoping for. I love that the course is written to the student and requirers very little parent planning. The 4 day/week schedule outlined in the course is very managable for our homeschool. My student always knows what is expected of her on any given day. The activities are explained well, and the workbook is beautiful. The course includes grammar and addresses spelling, but actually teaches them in meaningful ways related to their writing. Others complained about the thickness of the book, but my child enjoys having all her "writing stuff" in one easy to find book. She is very excited to have friends and family read her stories. (this is something she never liked doing before) We hope the publisher continues the series!!!
JF5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent for my hard to please studentJuly 6, 2017JFQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I purchased this book for my 10 year old, who has a very short attention span. The assignments were interesting and engaging for her and she really dove into several of the assignments. We have had some very good discussions prompted by various assignments throughout the book. I like the way it's organized and the myriad of topics it introduces.
Lindsey Jane3 Stars Out Of 5Not Well OrganizedMay 10, 2017Lindsey JaneQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2The way this book is organized is very confusing and difficult for kids to have any independence with. You have to jump all over the place in the book. The modules and the grading matrix are far too complex. I really like the actual content and assignments, but they over complicated the process in this book. I'm also finding it difficult to keep everything well organized, since you would think all work would be written in, but that isn't the case. Some assignments require students to cut out parts of the workbook. When the kids need to revise what they have written, they have to write it on separate paper. I loved it in the beginning but it became a big, confusing mess by the end of the year.
kimberino5 Stars Out Of 5Answer to Prayer!May 13, 2016kimberinoQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I bought two copies of this book and 1 answer book for my 4th and 6th grader. I intended to use them next year, but loved the look and format of it so much that we stopped using our previous English curriculum and started this one a couple weeks ago. I was really sensing the need for change with our language arts program, and an overall need to make our homeschool feel more natural, and to stop trying to make my home look like school so much. Writers In Excellence has helped us to do just that. Grammar is taught naturally within the context of writing. The book is easy for us to read aloud and then the kids do their exercises/writing for the day. Since we've only used it for a couple weeks, I can't attest to the whole book, but we love it so far! And I wrote the author to see what I could use for my 2nd grader. She wrote back the next day (awesome) and recommended using Writers In Excellence, just modify for his level. It's worked wonderfully for us so far (ie. he writes 3 sentences about a childhood place while the older 2 write 10). At first glance, I thought it would've been better for the author to have a teacher's manual and student workbook separate so the book isnt so big and somewhat pricey. But it is written to the student, and in my mind, well worth them having their own books to read from and write in. I'm willing to pay a little extra for the convenience.
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Q: What do I need to purchase to use this with 2 students?
To use this curriculum with multiple students you need to purchase one copy of WW132771 "Writers in Residence Answer Key" and one copy of this consumable workbook for each student.
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