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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    This makes English grammar RIDICULOUSLY confusing & difficult!
    December 14, 2016
    MrsWise
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I will start out by saying this is NOT my first rodeo. I have been homeschooling & teaching for over 15 years. I have never HATED a curriculum as much as I HATE this one!

    The joke is that I chose it this year to SIMPLIFY & COMBINE the two subjects of English & Writing into ONE, & that is a BIG JOKE! I WASTE more TIME trying to figure out WHAT they are doing & how to explain it in a way that is NOT SO CONFUSING as the DIRECTIONS in the books are.

    I had very STRONG "A" students now STRUGLING using this curriculum, even though they used other challenging curriculums (like Shurley English), & they excelled once we found our groove in the other curriculums... talented writers, students above their grade levels & along comes THIS curriculum to frustrate us all & bring ON the TEARS!

    What a waste of well over $200 (I think it was closer to $230-250 w/tax) buying the 6th grade & 11th grade curriculum. NOT again, NOT again!

    I had a friend recommend this (which is WHY I purchased it to begin with) & she said she agreed with me about how confusing this curriculum is (I did NOT know that when she recommended it or I would NOT have purchased it for TWO grade levels), which is why she uses A DIFFERENT grammar curriculum WHILE using this... & that she ONLY uses this for the WRITING.

    Another friend also new to BJU & this curriculum also says the same thing. This curriculum is CONFUSING & OVER COMPLICATES grammar/ English!

    For starters, it makes SIMPLE concepts RIDICULOUSLY DIFFICULT! What happened to subject, verb, direct object, indirect object, etc IN PLAIN ENGLISH?!

    Next, the directions are CONFUSING as all get out because they are INCONSISTENT & make NO SENSE! They make you GUESS as to exactly what they are trying to have you do.

    Last, while the writing instructions overall are decent, they could have added a bit MORE DETAIL to that & taken away the fluff & frustration from the English grammar exercises.

    My students CRINGE when we do this. I have had to alter the way we use it & can't even use it the way it is written. I have to change the directions which means I have to waste time rewriting them in the student book (if I need to write them in addition to giving them orally for my students) & in the test book so I know exactly what I told them to do instead of the silly directions given by the curriculum author.

    I myself CRINGE too when I bring out this book every day, but it is too late to start over at this point, being half way through We kept going because I thought it was ME, or that we just needed to give it more time to get used to a new curriculum. When I talked to other parents using it who all feel the same way, I KNEW it was NOT ME!

    All that said, I am going to keep going w/the writing exercises w/this curriculum & go back to a FORMER grammar curriculum at this point. I can't keep putting my kids nor myself through this STRESS & make them HATE English & writing.

    Overall this COULD BE a decent curriculum IF it were REWRITTEN to make the English grammar exercises MAKE SENSE & to be CONSISTENT instead of INCONSISTENT as they are NOW!

    I like the color graphics & spiral binding (for the teacher's edition). I think that is about it.

    I would NOT recommend this & I would NOT purchase this again! This is the ONLY curriculum I have used in all these years I would NOT use again nor recommend as it stands right now.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Writing & Grammar Curriculum for the Advanced Student
    September 4, 2014
    High School Mom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have found the BJU Writing & Grammar series to be an excellent English grammar curriculum for both middle school and high school grades. The 11th grade curriculum is no exception in that regard. It is an excellent preparatory tool for the SAT in that it reinforces English grammar rules and gives students plenty of practice to cement more complex concepts. The teacher's edition is especially helpful for the homeschool parent, allowing even non-English majors (such as myself) to teach or tutor this course. The regular incorporation of writing requirements makes this a wonderful college preparatory course for advanced high school students. I highly recommend this curriculum, and the entire BJU Writing & Grammar series.
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