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A Plan for Teaching Writing: Focus on the Elementary Grades

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A plan for producing good writers at home, focusing on the elementary (grammar-stage) years, expanding on the principles presented in A Plan for Teaching Writing: K-12.  One of Susan Wise Bauer’s most popular and most highly praised audio lectures; a must for understanding how the writing process actually works.

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This workshop explains why many writing programs fail, and shows a better way to guide your student through a simple progression (copywork, dictation, narration, summarizing, outlining, short critical essays, long critical essays, research paper) that will develop both writing and thinking skills in a systematic, stepwise manner. Includes suggestions on how to use these writing and thinking skills in every area of the curriculum. Recommended for those teaching all K-6 students, as well as for those teaching older students who are reluctant writers.

This talk was given at the 2012 Society for Classical Learning Conference. (Susan was chewing ice during the whole conference, but Jim Weiss very kindly remastered the recordings for us so that all you hear is Susan talking, not chewing. He also gave Susan a short lecture about how bad it is to chew ice. Susan still chews ice, but now she hears Jim’s voice in the back of her head whenever she does. It’s kind of off-putting.)

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  1. 4 out of 4 people found this helpful

    5 out of 5
    Should be a mandatory listen for every prospective homeschooling parent!

    Carol Hackett (verified owner)

    This lecture starts with an introduction explaining why traditional writing curriculum are failing to produce skilled writers (and frustrating our children). Then Susan moves forward explaining how educators can explicitly and progressively teach fundamental writing skills. She explains how to incorporate these goals throughout the school day in all core subjects.
    As with other lectures I have enjoyed, the hallmarks of this lecture are common sense, reasonableness, and clear explicit direction for how to meet the educational goal.
    Highly recommended. Practical and inspiring.

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