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Writing With Skill Level 1, Instructor Text

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For students in the middle grades and above, this groundbreaking new writing series combines time-tested classical techniques–the imitation and analysis of great writers–with original composition exercises in history, science, biography, and literature. 

Features

• Provides scripted dialogue to use when the student has difficulty, plus detailed guidance on how to evaluate the student’s work

• Prepares students for high-level rhetoric and composition.  

• Straightforward, detailed explanations of how to construct and organize compositions

• Careful, clear analysis of models from great writers of literature and classic nonfiction 

Instruction on how to write about topics in history, science, literature and poetry

• All source material for assignments is provided–no other books are needed  

Skills Taught

• One- and Two-level outlining

• Writing chronological narratives, biographical sketches, descriptions, and sequences across the curriculum 

• Constructing basic literary essays on fiction and poetry 

• Researching and documenting source material 

Accompanying Student Material

Writing with Skill Level 1, Student Workbook (sold separately) written directly to the student, encourages the student to take the initiative in developing basic writing skills.

 

Need Help?

If your child has unique needs or if you feel that the recommended grade level is not a good fit, you can look at the Writing with Ease, Diagnostic Evaluations. These are the Mastery Evaluations of the elementary level writing program used when the student has completed a Level’s Workbook and can help you identify if that program is a better fit for your student.

If you can’t decide between Writing with Ease Level 4 and starting this series: Writing with Skill, or if you are interested in an alternate progression for writing instruction, see Susan’s updated grade recommendations.

Not sure about the Hows or Whys of intermediate (middle grades) writing instruction? Be sure to listen to Susan’s Audio Lecture on the subject–one of our most popular downloads!

 

Copyright Information: Your purchase of this PDF is for your own personal use. You may not copy it either for resale or to give away to others. Making copies, either for resale or to give away, is a violation of United States law. According to the United States Copyright Office, “Copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.” For further information, see http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-definitions.html.

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For students in the middle grades and above, this groundbreaking new writing series combines time-tested classical techniques–the imitation and analysis of great writers–with original composition exercises in history, science, biography, and literature. 

Features

• Provides scripted dialogue to use when the student has difficulty, plus detailed guidance on how to evaluate the student’s work

• Prepares students for high-level rhetoric and composition.  

• Straightforward, detailed explanations of how to construct and organize compositions

• Careful, clear analysis of models from great writers of literature and classic nonfiction 

Instruction on how to write about topics in history, science, literature and poetry

• All source material for assignments is provided–no other books are needed  

Skills Taught

• One- and Two-level outlining

• Writing chronological narratives, biographical sketches, descriptions, and sequences across the curriculum 

• Constructing basic literary essays on fiction and poetry 

• Researching and documenting source material 

Accompanying Student Material

Writing with Skill Level 1, Student Workbook (sold separately) written directly to the student, encourages the student to take the initiative in developing basic writing skills.

 

Need Help?

If your child has unique needs or if you feel that the recommended grade level is not a good fit, you can look at the Writing with Ease, Diagnostic Evaluations. These are the Mastery Evaluations of the elementary level writing program used when the student has completed a Level’s Workbook and can help you identify if that program is a better fit for your student.

If you can’t decide between Writing with Ease Level 4 and starting this series: Writing with Skill, or if you are interested in an alternate progression for writing instruction, see Susan’s updated grade recommendations.

Not sure about the Hows or Whys of intermediate (middle grades) writing instruction? Be sure to listen to Susan’s Audio Lecture on the subject–one of our most popular downloads!

 

Copyright Information: Your purchase of this PDF is for your own personal use. You may not copy it either for resale or to give away to others. Making copies, either for resale or to give away, is a violation of United States law. According to the United States Copyright Office, “Copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.” For further information, see http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-definitions.html.

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  1. Question

    I have a 13 yo boy, grade 7. Just purchased WW S 1 and WTM Grammar programs. How do we / do we incorporate additional literature reading into our studies? He loves to read. Do I simply allow free reading of good books, or should I require additional writing assignments? Many thanks!

    • No need to do additional writing/reading assignments…he’ll get plenty of that in WWS 1. He should read lots of good books, in the subjects or genres that he enjoys.

  2. Question

    Hi,
    Is buying the textbook necessary? Can I use the workbook alone?

    • One person found this helpful

      For the Writing With Skill series, it is necessary to have both the Student book and the Instructor book.

  3. Question

    I have a 7th grader and an 8th grader. We have never used Writing with ease, but I am looking for a new writing and grammer program. Where should I start them at with a writing and grammar program. We are currently using Writing Strands intermediate level 1 (from masterbooks) for both of my girls. I really need to find something that will help prepare them for highschool and even college. Their writing and grammar skills are not where I feel they need to be at the moment.

    • One person found this helpful

      For grammar: If they don’t yet have a strong foundation in grammar, we would suggest doing First Language Lessons Level 4 for one year (for both students) and then moving into our next level, “Grammar For the Well-Trained Mind.” For writing: You might try “Writing With Skill, Level 1” (with both students) at half-speed (take one year to go through half of the book). Also, Dr. Bauer has a lot of suggestions in this article: http://downloads.peacehillpress.com/samples/pdf/WWEandWWSexplanation.pdf

  4. Question

    I am looking for a writing programe for my 14 year old who battles with English skills, he is a slow reader, and has not done any writing programmes or skills development, other than the basics at a local school. He is now homeschooled and needs a program that will prepare him for his GED exams in a few years. Where would I begin?

    • We would suggest beginning with Writing With Ease, Level 3.

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  5. Question

    Hello! We are interested in homeschooling for middle school only. We have been using the math facts that stick program and enjoy it, so I’m looking further in to WTM in preparation to begin. Is this a good writing program for children who did not complete the younger level program? Can I pick up with Level One and begin naturally? Our children are thriving in their current setting, and I am looking for a curriculum that is stand alone for middle school. Also, what sort of writing prompts for other subjects are used? We are interested in a neutral (or adaptably neutral) curriculum that focuses more on academics rather than weaving a specific worldview into the academics. We can handle that on our own!

    • Hi! We recommend that students be in 6th or 7th grade in order to begin the “Writing With Skill” series. They don’t have to have done the “Writing With Ease” series in order to do this series. But they do need to start with Level 1 (don’t skip to Level 2 or 3 without doing Level 1.) The writing prompts include excerpts from history, biography, science, and classic novels/poems/short stories. It doesn’t push a particular agenda or social/political/religious worldview.

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  6. Question

    My son will be in 10th grade this coming year. He was in public school until Middle School. His writing skills were awful then and Im trying to find a way to bridge the gap. Thus far we’ve made little to no improvement. He’s definitely a reluctant writer. I just want him to be able to communicate effectively. Do you reccomend starting with Level one or should we start with a higher level?

    • We’d recommend starting with Level 1.

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  7. Question

    What (if any) would your recommend for grammar practice along with Writing with Skill program?
    Planning on starting my dd (7th) in the fall with level 1, we have been using Saxon grammar for the last two years

    • For that age/grade, if she’s had some grammar before, we would recommend starting out with our “Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind” program, which you can find at https://welltrainedmind.com/c/language-arts/grammar/intermediate-grammar/?v=7516fd43adaa (that page also contains a place to download a free 6-week sample). You’ll need the Core Instructor Text (it doesn’t change from year to year) and then a workbook and a key (I’d suggest starting with Red, but they can be done in any order). Our YouTube channel has several videos explaining the curriculum (https://www.youtube.com/user/peacehillpress/videos). Don’t necessarily try to finish all of the Red workbook next year; try getting through half or two-thirds of it.

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  8. Question

    I’m looking into Writing with Skill for my 14yo & 15yo homeschooled son’s… Besides the Instructors Text and Student Workbook, will we need to purchase anything else (like texts)? If so, is there a list we can view?

    • You won’t need to purchase anything else. Any excerpts that the student needs to read are included in the Student Workbook itself.

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  9. Question

    My 10th grader will be homeschooled next year, and her writing skills aren’t great – on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give her a 6 based on content and organization. I’d like to use Writing With Skill next year, and prepare her to take freshman comp for college credit as a senior. If I have one year – and one year only – to improve her writing skill as much as possible, which level of Writing With Skill would you recommend? Thanks in advance!

    • We’d recommend level 1 for that situation.

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  10. Question

    My rising 7th grade daughter has completed 3 years of IEW just completing level B. Now they are revamping their program and essentially it would be redundant to take the level they recommend for her even according to last year. She is a strong writer who enjoys writing. A friend recommended your Writing with Skill program. I looked at the various progressions but it seems IEW is recommended for high school and typically the recommendation has been to start with level 1 no matter what. I just fear she might not be challenged or find the material redundant to what she’s already learned. What might be the best fit for her?

    • While we still recommend starting with Level 1, in this situation we think it would be OK to skip to 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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  11. Question

    I have a 5th grader who has not yet done the Writing with Ease. He has done 4 year of FLL and some other writing programs. Where should I start?

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