Writing With Skill, Level 1: Instructor Text (The Complete Writer)

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Traditional principles. Contemporary methods. Unparalleled results. This groundbreaking new writing series combines time-tested classical techniques—the imitation and analysis of great writers—with original composition exercises in history, science, biography, and literature.

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
• First volume of four that will prepare students for high-level rhetoric and composition

Features of the program:
• Writing assignments are modeled on examples from great literature and classic nonfiction
• All source material for assignments is provided—no other books are needed
• This Instructor Text provides scripted dialogue to use when the student has difficulty, plus detailed guidance on how to evaluate the student’s work
• Student Workbook (sold separately) encourages independence by directing all assignments to the student
• First volume of four that will prepare students for high-level rhetoric and composition

Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Writer
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Peace Hill Press; Original edition (January 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933339527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933339528
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds

Customer Reviews

Great writing tool

35 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2012
By Abbey Jeffus
I am a homeschool mom and wondered if I would need the teacher’s book. Yes! Buy it. It is extremely helpful. My daughter’s writing has improved with the use of this curriculum.

definitely needed if you are going to use the student workbook

12 people found this helpful.
 on April 4, 2014
By happywife
This is a must if you are using the program. The author gives you detailed questions to help you guide your student and writes examples of what your student’s finish project should resemble.

Great Writing Program

11 people found this helpful.
 on December 19, 2013
By T. Alford
We are half way through our year using WWS 1 and I really do think it has to be one of the best writing programs out there for 5-6th graders (or even older than that). I did realize about 3-4 weeks in that I cannot simply just hand this to my son, however, and expect great results. It is written to the student, but I decided it was best for us to talk about the assignment–especially when it was time to practice the topos. Also, sometimes we do a little more research than what is there so that he has a better understanding what he’s writing about. I would say my son is a natural writer, and I might save this for 6th grade for my younger son for whom writing doesn’t come quite so easily. I would also say that I feel like this is a fairly challenging program for a 5th grader.

I am greatly pleased with this curriculum

11 people found this helpful.
 on September 10, 2014
By Christine Thompson
I am greatly pleased with this curriculum! Susan Bauer has once again impressed me. The only thing about the teacher guide that you need to known is this, you do not get to see the passages that your child is reading which makes it hard to know what your child is seeing unless you have them read aloud or read the passage before hand. Other than that the guide helps you help your child by instructing you on ways to help your child relate to the work giving. It is very easy to follow and let’s you know what you should be doing on a daily basis.

Great writing program!

10 people found this helpful.
 on September 24, 2013
By Sweetlove
Great writing program. It helps both teacher and student to follow. Highly recommend for busy homeschool mom who does not have time to prepare for lesson!

I really like this writing book series

4 people found this helpful.
 on October 5, 2014
By Bill Collier
I really like this writing book series. It’s not a wimpy writing book, it teaches your kids how to write well. It’s definitely worth the money

Excellent writing series

4 people found this helpful.
 on May 17, 2014
By Thad
Let me preface by saying I have not yet used this curriculum; I purchased it for use this fall. I have spent some time reading through the book to prepare for next year and can say that this program looks exceptional. I love the fact that Wise Bauer assumes no prior writing knowledge or experience. She directs both the student and the parent on each lesson given, walking them through step by step. I love the many facets to the program. She will be giving my children the tools they need to be able to write on their own, and, I believe, write well. She covers everything from rewriting a sentence from word order rearrangement to understanding a wide variety of essay types and how to write them. She even gives extensive attention to how to use a thesaurus. I have been home schooling my children for 10 years and this is the first time I have looked forward to writing! Thank you, Susan Wise Bauer!


 on October 29, 2015
By Angincali
The only writing program that my daughter has ever enjoyed. She actually looks forward to sitting down and doing a writing lesson now. Not only that, her writing skills are improving. Thank you Susan Wise Bauer.

My girls love this writing program

One person found this helpful.
 on September 17, 2014
By Canton mom
My girls love this writing program. It’s hard to find a comprehensive program that will prepare kids for highschool and college writing, Writing with Skill does the job nicely.

I like the way Susan Bauer takes the children by the …

 on March 10, 2015
By Beast-Mode King
I like the way Susan Bauer takes the children by the hand and teaches them to have oral and written expressive communication. Susan’s approach to teaching writing has revolutionized the way we have school.

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