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Writing With Skill Level 3, Instructor Text

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Writing With Skill combines time-tested classical techniques – the imitation and analysis of great writers – with innovative contemporary insights. Models from great literature provide the student with inspiration, while step-by-step instructions explicitly teach the skills that other writing programs merely assign without explanation. Original writing assignments in history, science, biography and literature expand the students intellectual horizons.

Designed to be used along with Writing With Skill Level 3, Student Workbook, this book turns every parent or teacher into a skilled writing instructor. Clear, detailed teaching instructions help you guide even reluctant writers into mastery of essential writing skills.

* Full instructor support: explanations, scripted discussion questions, model compositions, rubrics

* Detailed guidance on how to evaluate student work

* Designed to help the student work with increasing confidence and independence

* Help in integrating writing skills into the students other academic subjects

* Direction in the skills of note-taking and documentation

* Instructions in avoiding plagiarism

* Step-by-step assistance in teaching students to write narratives, sequences, definitions, explanations, comparisons and contrasts, biographical sketches, and much more

 

See Susan’s updated grade recommendations here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susan Wise Bauer has taught college-level writing and literature at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series and the Writing With Ease series for elementary students, as well as the co-author (with Jessie Wise) of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home.

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Writing With Skill combines time-tested classical techniques – the imitation and analysis of great writers – with innovative contemporary insights. Models from great literature provide the student with inspiration, while step-by-step instructions explicitly teach the skills that other writing programs merely assign without explanation. Original writing assignments in history, science, biography and literature expand the students intellectual horizons.

Designed to be used along with Writing With Skill Level 3, Student Workbook, this book turns every parent or teacher into a skilled writing instructor. Clear, detailed teaching instructions help you guide even reluctant writers into mastery of essential writing skills.

* Full instructor support: explanations, scripted discussion questions, model compositions, rubrics

* Detailed guidance on how to evaluate student work

* Designed to help the student work with increasing confidence and independence

* Help in integrating writing skills into the students other academic subjects

* Direction in the skills of note-taking and documentation

* Instructions in avoiding plagiarism

* Step-by-step assistance in teaching students to write narratives, sequences, definitions, explanations, comparisons and contrasts, biographical sketches, and much more

 

See Susan’s updated grade recommendations here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susan Wise Bauer has taught college-level writing and literature at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series and the Writing With Ease series for elementary students, as well as the co-author (with Jessie Wise) of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home.

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  1. Question

    How do you recommend giving letter grades to the assignments given in this book. I use the rubric for each assignment but I’m trying to figure out how to translate that into a grade that will go on my son’s transcript.

    • The Well-Trained Mind doesn’t recommend giving a grade to the student at this level, but sometimes they may be required for transcripts. The Week 4 Rubric has Organization as the first main topic, further divided into three subtopics, and Mechanics as the second main topic, further divided into two subtopics, so 5 specific subtopics. Decide on a rating scale: 0 for unacceptable, 1 for acceptable, 2 for very good (could also be needs work, competent, highly competent, whatever you like). Give each of the 5 subtopics a 0, 1, or 2 and add up the total. Divide the total by the number of possible points and you have a number grade, translate into a letter grade using your grading scale. My imaginary student earned 7 out of 10 possible points, or 70%, which is a C on my grading scale. Adjust the rating scale to your preference, but the basic steps are the same.

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    My daughter is 10th grade. Can I use writing with skill to help her without using the previous books ?

    • For the Writing With Skill program, we highly recommend that all students complete the entire program in order without skipping (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3). This particular program builds on itself, and so it is most beneficial when done from start to finish. Students generally begin this program in sixth or seventh grade, which allows them to complete it by early high school, but it is rigorous enough to be used with students in ninth or tenth grade as well. Occasionally, older students who are strong writers and who have been through a formal writing program already will start with Level 2, but we encourage you to check out the samples of Levels 1 and 2 first to see the topics covered and the difficulty level.

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  3. Question

    How many levels are in the Writing With Skills series? I have a 13 yo/rising 7th grader with special needs – dyslexia, perhaps dysgraphia. What basic skills should be mastered before starting WWS 1? He is now doing oral narrations, copywork/dictation and can write 1 – 2 sentence narrations, with great effort. Thanks!

    • There are 3 levels in Writing With Skill. Before starting them, the student needs to have a pretty good grasp of writing short paragraphs, narrations, etc. If more practice is needed, you may want to take the student through “Writing With Ease, Level 4” for a year before doing “Writing With Skill.” There’s plenty of time to go through “Writing With Skill” in grades 8/9/10 or even 9/10/11.

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  4. Question

    If I had seen this I would have started Level 1 in sixth grade, but it’s too late now. We have been fairly informal this year. I was considering Level 1 for 7th and Level 2 for 8th. However, in 9th, we have an excellent teacher here who will pick up high school English. I am concerned about doing 1 & 2 though and not finishing. Should I be?

    • No need to be concerned! Levels 1 and 2 will get them off to a great start, and if you have a teacher you like for high school English, you should proceed with that.

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  5. Question

    Hello,
    I have a rising 8th grader who has never used Writing with Ease or Writing with Skill. Can I start him with Writing with Skill level 2 or 3?

    • According to the author, every student should start Writing With Skill at level 1, because the skills covered there are foundations of what’s covered in levels 2 and 3. It is perfectly fine for an 8th grader to use WWS 1, and to then do WWS 2 in 9th grade and 3 in 10th grade.

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