Books

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Writing

Writing Strands 1

Designed for children ages 3 to 8, Writing Strands 1 shows that language use can be fun and exciting.

This book is for parents of pre-writers aged 3-8. It teaches parents how to encourage a love of language and an understanding of storytelling through play. Writing Strands 1 comes with a CD, which adds more information and demonstrates techniques.

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$15.00

Writing Strands 2

Writing Strands 2 is a manual for the parents of children about seven years old.

This book is for students who can write simple sentences on their own, generally around 7 years old. Assignments are directed to the parent, who works through the book with the child. The book takes one full school year to complete and focuses on foundational skills such as organization, description, and paragraphing.

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$20.00

Writing Strands 3

Designed for students aged 8 to 12, or for those who have finished Writing Strands 2.

This book is for students who have finished Writing Strands 2 or new students who are 8-12 years old. Also, any older students who struggle with fundamental skills, such as structuring paragraphs, should review Writing Strands 3. Assignments are directed to the student. The book takes one full school year to complete and focuses on foundational skills such as organization, description, and paragraphing.

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$20.00

Writing Strands 4

Designed for students aged 8 to 12, or for those who have finished Writing Strands 2.

This book is for students who have finished Writing Strands 3 or new students who are 13-14 years old. Assignments are directed to the student. The book takes one full school year to complete and focuses on foundational skills such as organization, description, and paragraphing.

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$20.00

Writing Strands 5

Designed for students aged 15 to 16, or for those who have finished Writing Strands 4.

This book is for students who have finished Writing Strands 4 or new students who are 15-16 years old. Assignments are directed to the student. The book takes one full school year to complete and focuses on skills such as organization, narration, and argumentation.

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$20.00

Writing Strands 6

Designed for students of any age who have finished Writing Strands 5.

This book is for students who have finished Writing Strands 5 or new students who are 17 years old. Assignments are directed to the student. The book takes one full school year to complete and focuses on advanced skills such as recognizing and using persuasive language, writing reports, and developing character and conflict in creative pieces.

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$20.00

Writing Strands 7

Designed for students of any age who have finished Writing Strands 6.

This book is for students who have finished Writing Strands 6 or new students who are 18 years old. Assignments are directed to the student. The book takes one full school year to complete and focuses on advanced skills such as researching and writing reports, arguing effectively, and developing character and conflict in creative pieces.

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$20.00

Writing Exposition

Designed for for those students who have finished Writing Strands 7 and would like to prepare themselves for college or university work.

This book is for students who have finished Writing Strands 7. Ideal for college-bound students, Writing Exposition teaches advanced methods of composition through challenging, non-fiction assignments. Assignments are directed to the student. The book takes one full school year to complete.

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$20.00

Creating Fiction

Creating Fiction is for those students who love to write fiction.

This book is for students who have finished Writing Strands 7. Ideal for students interested in advanced work in creative writing, Creating Fiction teaches advanced methods of developing short stories and other creative works. Assignments are directed to the student. The book takes one full school year to complete.

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$20.00

Evaluating Writing

Evaluating Writing is the parents' manual for all of the Writing Strands books.

Evaluating Writing is a companion book to the award-winning Writing Strands curriculum for homeschoolers. The book teaches parents how to provide supportive and effective feedback on writing assignments. It includes information on common conditions that make teaching composition difficult and on common writing problems, examples of feedback on real assignments, explanations of drafting, and spelling rules. This information is essential to parents working with the Writing Strands series, but anyone responsible for providing feedback on written works would benefit from this book as well.

$20.00

Reading

Reading Strands

This book was written to help you to understand and to discuss fiction with your children.

Reading Strands shows parents how to use the Socratic method to teach these elements of fiction; parents ask questions that allow the students to come to conclusions on their own about how an author creates each of the elements. Instead of memorizing information, students learn to analyze and understand literature through conversation. The book provides several examples of these conversations to help parents learn what types of questions to ask.

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$15.00

Speech

Communication and Interpersonal Relationships

Designed for students in the sixth grade or above, this manual is for training in manners for personal communication.

Communication and Interpersonal Relationships is a companion book to the award-winning Writing Strands curriculum for homeschoolers. It equips students with verbal communication and life skills that will prepare them for the adult world.

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$20.00