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The Complete Writer: Writing With Ease Instructor Text

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Young students who learn to write well need one-on-one instruction—something which your child’s classroom may not offer.

In The Complete Writer series, Susan Wise Bauer turns every parent into a writing teacher. No experience is needed.

Drawing on her fifteen years of experience in teaching writing, Susan lays out a carefully-designed sequence of steps that will teach every student to put words on paper with ease and grace.   This alternative plan for teaching writing combines the best elements of old-fashioned writing instruction with innovative new educational methods—and explains why so many writing programs fail.

Designed for elementary-aged writers and for older students who still struggle, Writing With Ease builds a sturdy foundation of basic skills for grades 1–4 (or levels 1–4 for the older student who needs more work) all in the same book. Diagnostic tests within the book will help the parent to determine where the child needs to start and which workbook the child will need.

You can use the text by itself as a guide, then choose your own copywork and dictation; or you can buy the workbooks, which do all the work for you.  Each workbook covers one grade.

See Susan’s updated grade recommendations here.

Writing With Ease Diagnostic Evaluations

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Level Two Workbook

Level Three Workbook

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Now updated and revised with new content!

Young students who learn to write well need one-on-one instruction—something which your child’s classroom may not offer.

In The Complete Writer series, Susan Wise Bauer turns every parent into a writing teacher. No experience is needed.

Drawing on her fifteen years of experience in teaching writing, Susan lays out a carefully-designed sequence of steps that will teach every student to put words on paper with ease and grace.   This alternative plan for teaching writing combines the best elements of old-fashioned writing instruction with innovative new educational methods—and explains why so many writing programs fail.

Designed for elementary-aged writers and for older students who still struggle, Writing With Ease builds a sturdy foundation of basic skills for grades 1–4 (or levels 1–4 for the older student who needs more work) all in the same book. Diagnostic tests within the book will help the parent to determine where the child needs to start and which workbook the child will need.

You can use the text by itself as a guide, then choose your own copywork and dictation; or you can buy the workbooks, which do all the work for you.  Each workbook covers one grade.

See Susan’s updated grade recommendations here.

Writing With Ease Diagnostic Evaluations

Level One Workbook

Level Two Workbook

Level Three Workbook

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  1. Question

    I have two kids starting 2nd and 3rd grade this year. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet done much writing and I wanted to see what levels you would recommend I start them on. Thank you!

  2. 5 out of 5

    good

  3. 3 out of 5 page numbers

    i downloaded the phd version of this book. Why is the page number on each page so odd? very curious….

  4. 4 out of 5 Revised version of the complete writer

    I love this product but I am upset that I didn’t notice this pdf is a revised version, it’s missing a lot of passages. There missing passages so I had to go get the books from the library to find the passages on my own, but when I found the individual levelsed books that are sold separately, they have all the pages
    In the book. So be advised that if you order the complete book you won’t get all the passages. The program itself is wonderful my 7 year old son loves it.

  5. Question

    I have the complete writer instructor text copy right 2015. Is this your lastest version? If so can I just purchase the loose worksheet instead of the student workbook?

    • The version of the instructor text that you have is the most recent version. But you’d still want the whole workbook; it contains material that the instructor book doesn’t have (since each workbook is for a full year, and the instructor book covers all four years, we had to condense the instructor book a little.)

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  6. 5 out of 5 We LOVE Writing With Ease!

    I’ve been homeschooling for 11 years and have 6 kids. We’re on our 3rd round of Writing With Ease with our 3 youngest. It is so helpful in prepping kids for writing, taking notes, comprehension, finding the main idea in a story etc. Great job!

  7. Question

    May I know what is the difference (in terms of content) between “Instructor Text” and “Workbook”? If I purchase the “Workbook”, do I still need to purchase “Student Pages” for my kid to write on? Thank You!

    • The Instructor Text is an overall book for the instructor that covers all four “Levels” (years) of the program. It also gives helpful advice, answers frequently asks questions, and explains our approach to teaching writing. The Workbook is the actual course for the year. In the back of the workbook are perforated “Student Pages” that can be torn out when it is time for the student to do each exercise. The product we sell that is called “Student Pages” is an EXTRA set of the student pages…it’s useful if you’re teaching the program to more than one student. But if you’re only teaching one student, you probably don’t need the Student Pages.

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  8. Question

    We started homeschooling and my kids are grade 5 and 6. Do we start with WWE? Would WWE be instead of a writing program like IEW?

    • Yes, WWE is a writing program and can be used instead of IEW. For the fifth-grader, take a look at “Writing With Ease level 4.” For the sixth-grader, it may be time to begin “Writing With Skill, Level 1.” Here’s a little article from Dr. Bauer explaining some possible paths to take: http://downloads.peacehillpress.com/samples/pdf/WWEandWWSexplanation.pdf

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  9. Question

    Hello! I have a copy of WWE: Strong Fundamentals…years 1-4 as well as the Complete Writer level 4 workbook student pages. I realize that the teachers manual is condensed due to it being an instruction book for all 4 levels. My question is this: am I understanding correctly that for the “Original Sentence Exercise” is where I as the teacher am to write out the summary narration that my student dictates to me? It seems odd because, if I’m doing the writing, I cannot then see if he’s using proper grammar (punctuation, capitalization etc).

    • For younger students (grades 1 and 2 especially), doing two things at once (creating the narration in their minds, and writing it out with proper grammar/spelling/punctuation etc) can be too difficult. By grade 4, if the actual mechanics of writing sentences have been mastered, the student can write the summary narration out herself.

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