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Writing With Skill Level 1, Student Workbook

5.00 out of 5
(2 customer reviews)


Learn how to write with clarity and confidence! The Workbook is written directly to the student to foster independence and gives essential training in organization, composition structure, and research methods. All source material included; teaches one- and two-level outlining. Instructor text also required.

Product Overview

The workbook is written directly to the students to encourage them to take the initiative in developing their basic writing skills. It combines time-tested classical techniques with innovative contemporary insights to give every student the necessary tools to write with clarity and confidence, and provides essential training in organization, composition structure, and research methods. Straightforward, detailed explanations of how to construct and organize compositions prepares students for high-level rhetoric and composition. The Instructor Text is also required, but all source material for assignments is included; no other books are needed.

Skills taught in Level 1 include 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; and using full sentences while texting. (The last one isn’t true; our powers are mighty but limited).

What customers are saying

2 reviews for Writing With Skill Level 1, Student Workbook

  1. Jessica Kinney

    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!

  2. Melody

    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!

  3. angijaegerchapman

    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?

  4. Tamara Graham

    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!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Longden

    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.

  6. Tracey

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hoeks

    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.

  8. carien meyer

    Can one do without the instructor’s text?

  9. Sister

    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?

  10. Elizabeth

    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?


  11. Amy

    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.

  12. Answer Desk

    Rough drafts and then finalizing are included in the text.

  13. 2 out of 5


    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.

  14. Heather

    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

  15. Michelle

    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?

  16. Megan B

    What is a typical time per day to anticipate that the Writing with Skill lesson would take? Obviously, all kids are different, but I would love to hear what time is a reasonable expectation. Said another way, should we schedule half an hour, 45 minutes or an hour on this four days a week?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brittainy A

    We used Writing With Skill Level 1 in our small co-op. I loved the variety of assignments, careful instruction, and and assignments written to the students. My 6th-grade reluctant writer completed a 1000 word essay on the Titanic–and I think he enjoyed it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ali Ann Stramilov

    I LOVE THIS! I taught 5th grade writing from this book just this past year. Exceptional text, organization and passages. Students read a passage that is the sample of they type of writing they will do. Then there are three days of activities to complete and a writing project at the end. The Teacher’s Guide is needed for sure. I followed the text and assigned a research paper the last two weeks of school. The students completed it without tears! It went so smoothly due to the way the book was written. It is an excellent map of how to write!

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