- You are looking for an organized writing program that is easy to teach.
- You want one writing program you can use with all of your children at the same time.
- You’re looking for clear, step-by-step lesson plans that help everyone from reluctant writers to those who love to write.
- You want curriculum that builds your confidence as a teacher as well as the skills of your students.
Create Better Writers – says that it is targeted to homeschool teachers who do not enjoy teaching writing, and to students who do not enjoy writing time. It is targeted to those who have not focused on writing skills.
We were able to review the Create Better Writers for free as a part of our experience on the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I asked to be able to see these guides as an answer to specific prayer to meet the goals for my son this year.
We have been attending circle type meetings to listen to Homeschool College Students and Grads discuss their “what we wish we would have done” or “#1 thing I’m glad we did” in High School leading up to college. The number one thing we have heard is – develop the ability to read a document quickly or listen to a class – and write a one page essay. For those students who could do this quickly – their classes were not a burden. For those who didn’t, they spent their freshman year quickly learning the ropes.
In our classroom, we have started this idea – read or listen – and then write it down. It is a part of our Narration time. The boys have been practicing this orally since the beginning. Growing from sentences in our lapbooks, to paragraphs in our journal pages, to full sheets in our notebooks – I can see the progression and am glad we took this advice in our early years.
This product gives a reluctant writer and parent the tools they need to focus on a topic. To be able to pull out the main point, or main thought, and build the writing from that point.
In our Charlotte Mason eclectic home – we like to take the opportunity to practice these written narration skills in every subject that we study – Science, History, Geography, Nature, Art – I have found that incorporating their writing practice while engaged in an interesting topic is the easiest way for my boys. If we sit down and have ‘writing time’, it does not come naturally – easily – and will be centered on topics that no one enjoys reading after the writing is finished.
I have read through the e-books that were given to me, and have printed out quite a few of the pages to direct my thoughts while helping them during their narration times. We do practice the ‘secret tip’ on how to write a great paragraph. I am looking forward to this year, our 9th grade year, encouraging my son to stretch from the one or two paragraph replies, to the full page. I believe that the tools in this program will help us both!
Here’s what I received:
The Home School Writing Action Plan
This is your writing manual. This book spells out your entire writing program from grades 3 through 12. Begin the program at any time between these grades, and you will have outstanding writers in just a few years.
Confident writing teachers who want a clearly organized plan will benefit by having a system that shows how all the pieces of writing fit together.
Teachers who lack the confidence teaching writing will benefit as this book spells out exactly what to teach and when to teach it. This book will point you to the best curriculum for each step of writing and give you a pacing chart that will produce excellent writers prepared for college and life.
All teachers who use our curriculum will benefit as we created a program that begins with one easy “trick” and builds from there. Our entire program is easy to learn and easy to teach.
Cost: $19.95 (This book, and all the others, are sold separately. However, we recommend you buy and use it as your complete system for writing.)
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How To Teach the Five-Paragraph Essay
Begin with the paragraph. Use the one simple trick learned to write the paragraph, and expand it into strong, well organized essays. Go beyond the essay to write in multiple genres such as cause and effect, persuasive, and narrative essays.
This simple, step-by-step program will guide you from day 1 as you create outstanding writers. Your students will write strong introductions with clear thesis statements. They will have a well developed body, and an outstanding conclusion.
Again, you’ll be amazed at how easy this program is to teach. Recommended Grade: Grades 4 and up.
Cost: $17.95 eBook (Free with the purchase of The Complete Writing Program) / $22.95 Soft Cover Click for more information.
How To Teach the Paragraph
Writing instruction does NOT need to be difficult. If your student can write a paragraph, your student can write anything from an essay, to a research report, to an in-depth story.
It all starts with one simple trick. Teach this trick in minutes, have your child practice it several times, and your child will have a solid grasp of how to write paragraphs. Use this trick to write stories, summarize stories, write reports, and more. No assignment is too difficult.
You’ll be amazed at how quickly even reluctant learners can grasp this concept. Recommended Grade: Grades 3 and Up.
Cost: $7.99 (Free with the purchase of How To Teach the Five Paragraph Essay or The Complete Writing Program) Link to Web Page
Disclaimer: As apart of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product for free in exchange for using it in my home and sharing my honest experience with you.