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The Complete Writer: Writing With Ease, Four-Year Guide

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Increase teacher confidence with four years of expertly designed elementary writing instruction! The Four-Year Guide provides detailed teacher guidance, plus examples and criteria for adding your own reading, narration, and copywork passages. For a no-prep solution, see the Workbooks – or combine them for the ultimate in teacher support.

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Increase teacher confidence with four years of expertly designed elementary writing instruction! The Four-Year Guide provides detailed teacher guidance, plus examples and criteria for adding your own reading, narration, and copywork passages. For a no-prep solution, see the Workbooks – or combine them for the ultimate in teacher support.

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The Four-Year Guide will take you through a carefully-designed sequence of steps that will teach every student to put words on paper with ease and grace, over the course of four carefully graded levels of assignments. You add your choice of reading material for narrations and copywork from your student’s other subjects or from your favorite literature!

The Writing With Ease, Four-Year Guide is not a required resource if you choose to use the Workbooks. However, this guide gives an overview of what the four years of writing instruction will look like, as well as a deeper understanding of the philosophy behind them. It also provides helpful guidance in trouble-shooting for those who encounter difficulties. Combine the 4-Year Guide with the Workbooks for the ultimate in teacher support and the time savings of no-preparation workbooks!

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  1. 4 out of 4 people found this helpful

    5 out of 5 Awesome Elementary Writing Curriculum

    Writing with Ease has been a fantastic curriculum. Susan does a great job getting to the basics of where writing begins and builds upon these fundamentals. Simple, simple, simple is our homeschool motto, and that is exactly what WWE does for our family while still retaining quality. Assignments are four days a week and extremely easy to make-up or double-up if a day is skipped. Check out my video review for more details.

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    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!

  3. Question

    I have the WWE 4 year guide. I started it last year with my 9 year old but stopped due to it being too much, as she was doing dictations and summaries with SOTW, literature and science. I have a 3rd grader now and my now 10 year old, 5/6th grade. I’d like for us to take a crack at it again this year, but wondering if I should start both of them off with level 1 or bump my 10 yo up to level 2. Or honestly, is doing dictations and summaries with other subjects enough? Is it necessary to put this in our schedule, in addition. I don’t want them to fall behind but also don’t want them to be overworked. What would you suggest?

    • If they have both been doing dictations and summaries in other subjects, I can’t imagine either one of them would need to start in Level 1. As you are already using your own selections, you can simply continue doing that, using the Four-Year Guide as, well, a guide! In the table of contents, find the headings for Year One, Two, and so on. These pages will have an overview of the skills being worked on that year, and give you a rough idea of where they stand. In Year Two, for example, it’s expected that they transition from copywork to dictation. You can also look at the groupings of weeks; Year Two, Weeks 19-27, says that dictation will be more than one sentence and will include dialogue. So just looking at those summary pages will give you a good idea of how you should progress and also remind you of skills to cover, like dialogue. They have year-end evaluations as well. It is very worthwhile to refer to the Four-Year Guide for these reasons even when otherwise doing your own thing (and it does require you to pick many of your own selections anyway, if you aren’t using the workbooks).

      tl;dr: You do not need to add more narration and dictation to your school day; simply use the Four-Year Guide as a reference and guide, and to get an overview of writing skills.

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  4. Question

    Is the literature used in the books the entire story? I am wondering if I would need to by a separate literature/enrichment curricula or if this will be enough in the classroom. Thanks!

    • You add your own reading, narration, and copywork passages to the Writing With Ease, Strong Fundamentals, 4-Year Guide (they do include some for the first week(s) of each new section, but you supply many of them with guidance and criteria from the book). In this book, you get Susan Wise Bauer’s philosophy and big picture of writing instruction through 12th grade, extra teaching tips, and four years of scripted writing instruction in one book.

      If you want a ‘no preparation needed’ version, get reading, narration, and copywork passages already included in the Writing With Ease Workbooks. Each workbook covers one grade/level and has scripted, step-by-step writing instruction and includes perforated Student Pages.

      Some people like to combine the Writing With Ease, Strong Fundamentals, 4-Year Guide and the Writing With Ease Workbooks for the ultimate in teacher support and the time savings of no-preparation workbooks.

      Whatever format you choose, this is a writing program that uses passages from various works. You will definitely want to add books for your literature component. This can be free reading in a genre they enjoy, it does not have to be a ‘program.’

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  5. Question

    My almost 10 year old daughter just started Writing with ease book 2. We are Afrikaans home language but studying in English so only start formal writing later. We do SOW as well.
    She finds the copy and dictation very easy in book 2. We didn’t do book 1 but have been doing narrations and copy work through other schooling. Can I skip some of the lessons? Are there crucial parts she will miss?

    • Reference the daily focus to see if a student can skip the lesson – if the last “Identifying central details in a description” was very easy, skip the next one.

      If you think the student might be able to skip a whole week or weeks,
      click here to see the Weekly Progression. This progression is also included in the Four-Year Guide. If you misjudge and skip ahead too far, just back up.

      Finally, the Diagnostic Evaluations will help you decide if you can skip a level or what level to start with.

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    Could I use the 4 year Guide and purchase the separate printable student pages? I like the idea of having one guides for all my kids…but each having their own set of student pages.

    • That wouldn’t really work; the front half of each Workbook contains a lot of necessary information for the instructor for each lesson. It would be better to buy one copy of the “Four-Year Guide,” one copy of the Workbook (for you) for each level that you’re teaching, and then a copy of the Student Pages for each student for that level.

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  7. Question

    Is it essential for an eighth grader who enjoys writing to begin using Writing with Skill at Level 1, or can an eighth grader start at level III if she plans to attend high school next year?

    • It would be best to start Writing With Skill at Level 1. You could start an 8th grader at Level 2, but we wouldn’t recommend starting at #3. But the program is a rigorous one, and finishing level 2 would put her at a great place for starting high school.

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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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