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Writing With Skill Level 1, Student Workbook

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4.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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Writing With Skill combines time-tested classical techniques with innovative contemporary insights to give every student the necessary tools to write with clarity and confidence. For students in the middle grades and above, Writing with Skill provides essential training in organization, composition structure, and research methods.

Program Features

  • Written directly to the student, this series encourages the student to take the initiative in developing basic writing skills
  • 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 Teacher Material

Writing with Skill Level 1, Instructor Text (sold separately) provides student instructions and scripted dialogue to use when the student has difficulty, plus detailed guidance on how to evaluate the student’s work.

Available Format

Choose either: Downloadable PDF or Paperback
Your purchased, downloadable files are always accessible for redownload, whenever you need them, in your Well-Trained Mind account.

Need Help?

See the author’s updated grade recommendations.

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 and can help you identify if that program is a better fit for your student.

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!

If you have questions about any of our products or need general information, visit our Customer Help Center.

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Product Description

Writing With Skill combines time-tested classical techniques with innovative contemporary insights to give every student the necessary tools to write with clarity and confidence. For students in the middle grades and above, Writing with Skill provides essential training in organization, composition structure, and research methods.

Program Features

  • Written directly to the student, this series encourages the student to take the initiative in developing basic writing skills
  • 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 Teacher Material

Writing with Skill Level 1, Instructor Text (sold separately) provides student instructions and scripted dialogue to use when the student has difficulty, plus detailed guidance on how to evaluate the student’s work.

Available Format

Choose either: Downloadable PDF or Paperback
Your purchased, downloadable files are always accessible for redownload, whenever you need them, in your Well-Trained Mind account.

Need Help?

See the author’s updated grade recommendations.

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 and can help you identify if that program is a better fit for your student.

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!

If you have questions about any of our products or need general information, visit our Customer Help Center.

Copyright Policy

 

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  1. One person found this helpful

    5 out of 5 Best tool ever

    My mom had me take this book for school and like the title says, I was able to write with skill. It taught me to enjoy writing and great techniques on how to take notes for research papers and how to find the theme in passages I read.

  2. Question

    This will be the first year that I am using this with my kids. How do I know which level they should start with? I have 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th graders. Thanks!

    • For the Writing With Skill program, we highly recommend that all students do 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 grade 5, 6, or 7, but it is rigorous enough to be used with 9th or 10th graders as well.

  3. Question

    With the Writing with Skill and Writing with Ease books – will the student need to have a separate reading comprehension workbook? Or is that covered in the writing books?

    • Reading comprehension is covered in the writing books. Learning how to understand what a student is reading is a big part of the curriculum.

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  4. Question

    We are new to this product, and I am wondering if it is sufficient for high school credit? Or do you recommend something else for high school? Thank you!

    • Yes, a year of WWS would count as a year of “English Composition” or a similar course.

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  5. One person found this helpful

    Question

    Good day, I live in South Africa and would like to buy WWS 1 & 2, both Student and Teacher manuals. I would like to know if you will be able to ship the paperback books to SA, and how long will it take?

    *PS. Due to the ZAR 15:1 USD Currency – Is there any discount that you can give me to make it more affordable in South Africa?
    If there is any discount, i would like to support you further!!!
    With discount price, I would like to buy Student and Teacher books, for Writing with Skill levels 1-4 and The Writing with Ease level 4.

    Please add postage to South Africa with a formal quote attached with prices indicated with discount.

    It will be highly appreciated,

    Christa

  6. One person found this helpful

    5 out of 5 Comprehensive Writing Program

    We just finished Level 1 of Writing With Skill and I am most impressed with the fact that this curriculum takes the time to really teach all of the nuts and bolts that go into the writing process. One of my biggest concerns when my children were attending school was that they would receive writing assignments without ever having been instructed on how to write. When we started homeschooling my goal was to find a writing curriculum that would focus more on the process of writing rather than a large quantity of writing for the sake of output. The Writing With Ease followed by the Writing With Skill programs were just what I was looking for.

  7. Question

    I have been recommended this product for my 13 and 14 yr olds. Writing has been very informal till now. Will level 1 be a good place to start.

    • Yes, we would definitely recommend starting at Level 1. For the Writing With Skill program, we don’t recommend skipping any levels.
      Age 13 or 14 is usually a fine time to start this curriculum.

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  8. Question

    Can one do without the instructor’s text?

    • Not for this program, no. You really do need both the Instructor and Student books.

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  9. Question

    Will students actually be writing complete written works/essays, or are they only doing exercises isolating small skills and parts of the process? How many complete works will they do over this course?

    • They will be writing complete works: chronological narratives, biographical sketches, descriptions, and basic literary essays. Their first work, a chronological narrative, is completed in Week 5 and is 150-300 words. Students continue writing various works, about 16 or so, leading up to the final paper. Some of the requirements of the final paper are: at least 1000 words, at least 3 sources, must include footnotes and citations.

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  10. Question

    Would Writing With Skills 1 work for a ninth grader if he or she has never done this book before? Would it be better if they went right into book 2?

    • It would work–lots of people start it in 9th grade. We strongly recommend starting with Level 1 and not skipping to Level 2.

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  11. Question

    Could you please spell out for me what doing WWS at half speed looks like. I understand half the book in 1 school year? How does this look? Will you do a lesson every other week? Do half a a lesson each week? Take longer to work on a lesson? Also, if doin WWS, is it recommended to be doing a formal literature program with literature guides and such or is WWS enough?

    Thanks

    • What half speed looks like can vary and depends on your student, and sometimes your schedule.

      If WWS takes the student a long time, then taking two days per lesson is a good option. Occasionally, it won’t work as well to split up the day’s lesson – in that case, I would encourage the student to finish in one day and take off the next day.

      If the student is able to finish a lesson each day, but gets overwhelmed by the sheer volume of material, then doing WWS every other week may work well.

      These are just examples, you may have other factors to consider. I would give the student some input, and remember you can always change if one way isn’t working out for you.

      It’s standard for a high school credit to include both composition and literature; you can choose to use literature guides or not. In middle school, the student should have time scheduled for both free reading (at least four hours per week) and assigned reading, which they will discuss and talk about. You might start with 2 1/2 hours in 5th grade for that and work up to about 4 hours in 8th grade.

      For detailed recommendations by grade, refer to The Well-Trained Mind.

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  12. Question

    We are just beginning this book for our 7th grader (his first time homeschooling, and we have not enjoyed the previous ELA materials we used). In addition to this book, we are including Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind and Creative Writer. He already reads daily for at least 30 minutes and we have been working on various pieces of literature. As we transition to this book, will he continue to need a separate literature course? I’m just concerned about the time commitment for all of ELA (, free reading, grammar, spelling, writing, literature (even penmanship)) – tends to amount to more than 3.5/hours a day for this subject alone. Add math, history, and science (and not to mention art, music, French, Logic and Health) and his days/weeks are exceptionally long. He’s becoming frustrated with homeschooling.

    • You don’t need a separate literature course. Between the literature he gets from this program, and what he reads during his free reading time, he’s fine!

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  13. Rough drafts and then finalizing are included in the text.

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  14. 2 out of 5 That's a bust

    I love the history series, and I was hoping this course would be wonderful. However, the workbook was difficult for my daughter to understand, and I can’t spend hours with each of my 3 children and each of their courses. My daughter found a way to “look ahead” (ie cheat), which brought tears, anger and again, frustration that she couldn’t understand how to use this workbook by herself. I had a difficult time trying to follow along, and I’m an English major! Maybe the experience would be different if I was homeschooling only one child.

  15. Question

    I purchased the student workbook Writing with Skill level 1 and Appendix 1 page 486 is missing. Is there a way I could get a copy emailed to me or somewhere online? Thanks

    • We’re so sorry about that, Heather! Please send an email directly to support@welltrainedmind.com and we will take care of this for you.

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  16. Question

    I have systematically worked through Writing With Ease, Levels 1-4. Next year I’ll have a 5th grader. Is this Writing With Skill, Level 1 the next step? Are these meant for 5th-8th graders? Thanks!

    • Writing with Skill is for middle-grades students, but 5th grade may be a bit on the young side. Dr. Bauer has written a little article with recommendations about which books/lessons to do with each grade, giving various options. Download that article at http://downloads.peacehillpress.com/samples/pdf/WWEandWWSexplanation.pdf

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