Writing Strands: Challenging Writing Projects for Homeschoolers, Level 3

This group of assignments in the series called Writing Strands is designed to give homeschooled third level students a grounding in the very complicated process of giving others their thoughts in written form. This level is designed for students who, in public school, would be considered ready for third or even up to seventh grade. Of course, third and seventh grade students would write much differently, but that is not a problem. Both can experience learning the skills presented in this level. It has been designed to be widely applied, for there are many experiences here that most young writers should have. Scope & Sequence: Topics covered in this level are following directions (basic), sentence & paragraph control (basic), rewriting sentences (basic), description (people), description (people's thoughts), organization (activities), organization (objects), description (perspective), story creation (creative), description (organization), description (actions), narrative events (organization), creative (narrative). (Grades 3 to 7.) The Evaluating Writing book, a valuable asset to this writing curriculum available below.

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Evaluating Writing

Evaluating Writing is a teacher's guide to evaluating Writing Strands assignments. The manual address some conditions that make hard the teaching of writing: fear and insecurity, motivation, concentration, thinking through ideas, talking about mechanical problems, following directions, not wanting to rewrite, "I don't want to write," proofreading. Also includes common writing problems and how to correct them, using Writing Strands skills in other subjects, appendix, rules for drafting, spelling rules, scope and sequence for Writing Strands and index. Softcover, 96 pages.

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WORDSMITH APPRENTICE

In Wordsmith Apprentice, students pretend to be writers for a small-town local newspaper. This introduces an element of imagination that makes the writing projects fun and interesting while reinforcing all the basics, including sentence review, paragraph writing, reporting, comics, opinion writing, and much more.

118 pages spiral-bound, for grade levels 4 to 6 or ages 9 to 12. Additional suggested resources: a thesaurus and a newspaper.

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Wordsmith Apprentice: Writing Excellence Through Unique, Skill-Buidling Exercises for Grades 4-6


Comprehensive Composition

Praised by Cathy Duffy as "one of the most concise yet comprehensive books for teaching the writing process available to home educators." From researching a topic to shaping the final essay, Stout's flexible curriculum helps young writers, grades K to 12, develop and hone their descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and expository writing skills. Helpful teaching tips for each type of composition guide you in evaluating your student's progress. 124 pages, softcover from Design-A-Study.

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99 Ways to Get Kids to Love Writing: And 10 Easy Tips for Teaching Them Grammar

Practical tips and expert advice from an English teacher with more than 25 years of experience! For preschool through high school (and beyond), Leonhardt's invaluable nuggets show you how to teach your children the fundamentals of writing---and make it fun for them. Watch your kids develop into fluent, independent writers! 123 pages, softcover from Random House.

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Write Source Grade 5 Homeschool Package

Write Source is a student-friendly, complete language arts curriculum that integrates grammar, usage, and mechanics within an authentic writing context. With writing at the core of the program, students will learn the six traits of effective writing (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions) and the steps of the writing process (prewriting, writing, revising, editing, publishing) while writing on cross-curricular topics. 

Grade 5 lessons introduce instruction on classification essays, research reports, improving viewing skills, free writing, outlining ideas, facts and examples, revising unnecessary details, order of importance, onomatopoeia, comparative and superlative adjectives, high-frequency words, dashes to show interrupted speech, and more. 

The Student Text is written directly to the student, and follows the same format in each grade. Students are first introduced to the writing form through models and exercises; they then analyze the model and use the writing process to write a story or essay, using rubrics comprised of the six traits to revise and edit. To complete units, students write pieces across core subjects of science, social students, math and the arts. Along with descriptive, narrative, expository, persuasive, creative, and research writing, students will also learn basic grammar and editing skills that will help them successfully master the writing process. The back of the book contains two reference sections: a guide to basic grammar and writing and a proofreader's guide that covers mechanics, spelling, punctuation, and more. 622 indexed pages, hardcover. 

The wraparoundTeacher's Edition includes reduced-size student pages that are surrounded by helpful notes. Teaching suggestions with class questions are provided, along with activity answers, objectives, literature connections, and materials needed; grammar connections support grammar and mechanics instruction through noting page numbers in other available resources. Differentiated instruction for struggling, advanced, and English-language learners is provided. Graphic organizers, blackline masters, a suggested schedule, scope & sequence, and Common Core State Standards correlations are also included. 845 pages, spiralbound, soft frontcover, hard backcover. 

The Assessment Book provides a pretest, two progress tests, and a post-test which contain multiple choice questions as well as a writing assignment. 43 pages, softcover with answer key and scoring guide. 

This is the 2012 Edition of Write Source. 

This Write Source Grade 5 Homeschool Kit includes: 

  • Student Edition, 622 indexed pages, hardcover. 
  • Teacher's Edition, 673 pages, spiralbound, soft frontcover, hard backcover. 
  • Assessment Workbook, 43 classroom-reproducible pages, softcover with answer key and scoring guide. 

    Please note that while the teacher's guide refers to the Daily Language Workouts, SkillsBook, and access to Write Source Online resource, these are not included with this homeschool kit. 

    Please Note: This product is only available for purchase by homeschools, consumers, and public institutions.

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Daily Warm-Ups: Daily Edits Level 1

Put your students on the path to improved writing and proofreading. These 180 quick exercises provide regular practice in correcting sentences and paragraphs by ferreting out misspelled words, grammatical errors, incorrect capitalization or punctuation, changes in tense, hyperbole, and more; while reinforcing skills in usage, mechanics, spelling, and grammar. Includes answer key. Grades 5 to 8. 206 reproducible pages, softcover.

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Daily Warm-Ups: Journal Writing

The Daily Warm-Ups series is a wonderful way to turn extra classroom minutes into valuable learning time. The 180 quick activities - one for each day of the school year - review, practice, and teach word analogies. These daily activities may be used at the very beginning of class to get students into learning mode, near the end of class to make good educational use of that transitional time, in the middle of class to shift gears between lessons - or whenever else you have minutes that now go unused. In addition to providing students with structure and focus, they are a natural path to other classroom activities involving critical thinking and writing.

Daily Warm-Ups are easy-to-use reproducibles - simply photocopy the day's activity and distribute it. Or make a transparency of the activity and project it on the board. You may want to use the activities as a take home assignment to jump start creative writing. Included in this front matter are suggestions for ways students might respond to the quotations. Or you may use your own writing prompts. These writing activities are a wonderful way to get students to explore their own ideas and articulate their thoughts. However you chose to use them, Daily Warm-Ups are a convenient and useful supplement to your regular lesson plans. Make every minute of your class time count!

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Daily Warm-Ups: Poetry

Poetry is to language what the rose is to flora! Excerpts from Shakespeare, Keats, Browning, Whitman, Longfellow, and others introduce your students to the sublime wonders of verse. And when they're not analyzing and appreciating the works of the masters, your students will be learning about poetic devices such as onomatopoeia and personification, and writing their own odes. Help their creativity flower! 180 reproducible pages, softcover.

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GETTING KIDS TO WRITE! A NATURAL APPROACH TO CREATIVE WRITING, GRADES 4-8

Want to "hook" your 8- to 14-year-olds on writing? Engage their imagination and they'll pick up the pen---and the habit! Packed with stimulating starter topics, this teacher-designed resource offers sure-fire strategies for composing fiction and nonfiction; writing samples; and over 30 activities that capitalize on kids' natural desire to express themselves. 112 reproducible pages, softcover from Teaching & Learning Company.

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LOVE TO WRITE!

Sharpen the creative writing skills of your third to sixth graders! Brimming with fun exercises on such topics as metaphors and similes, limericks, haiku, letters, tall tales, and more, this whimsically illustrated activity book stretches your kids' imagination while teaching them the basics of good writing. Extensive teacher's notes give you additional information, literature references, and vocabulary. 138 reproducible pages, softcover from Teaching & Learning Company.

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WRITING A STATE REPORT, GRADE 3-6

Students will use this book to complete a research paper on one of the fifty states. The book begins with materials to aid students in the research phase of report writing. An orientation to the library, the construction of bibliography materials, note cards, and footnotes, as well as the use of reference materials are introduced in this section. The remainder of the book gives the student a step-by-step format for the creation and construction of their individual reports. Also included are ideas for projects to accompany state reports, evaluation of the report experience, and a classroom project sharing activity.

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WRITING A COUNTRY REPORT: GRADES 3-6

Help your students complete a research paper on one of the countries of the world. Materials to aid your students in the research phase of report writing, and a step by step format for the creation and construction of their individual reports. Also included are ideas for projects to accompany country reports, evaluation of the report experience, and a classroom project sharing activity.

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Poetry Writing Handbook: Definitions, Examples, Lessons, Grades 4-6

Teach your kids the power of language and how to use it! This unique handbook helps young wordsmiths flex their creative muscle by shaping words into 36 poetic forms. Complete with guidelines, a definition, an example, and space to compose a poem, each exercise encourages students to examine and polish language, while learning to appreciate the character, flavor, and impact of words. Grades 4 to 6. 112 reproducible pages, softcover from Teaching & Learning Company.

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