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Writing needs to be taught just like any other subject, and letting students be "free" to write without a model is often letting them jump in the deep end without learning to swim first!
Writing & Rhetoric assumes students learn best by reading excellent literature and improving their own writing skills by imitating those writers. For students who complete the entire program, they will read and learn to write narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive essays while developing a unique style. Each exercise is designed to teach a skill that can be employed across all subjects. Skills are arranged from simple to complex, and the cumulative nature of each chapter reviews skills from earlier in the book, helping students to build a solid foundation of writing skills.
There are currently 4 books in the series, with plans for the complete curriculum having 12 books.
Volume 1: Fables
Volume 2: Narrative I
Volume 3: Narrative II
Volume 4: Chreia & Proverb
I've used books 1-3 with my kids and I think it is so good! I am so thankful to have found this curriculum. While it is open and go for me, I do need to sit with my child about 20 minutes once or twice a lesson to complete it. Some of the components he can do on his own, but I have to do several parts with him. I'm ok with that but it may get tricky when I have two kids at two different levels. However, I will only use this writing curriculum. He's come so far in his writing and I love that it teaches through imitation. If you look at the later levels, you'll see what the program is working towards- it's impressive.
My daughter enjoyed using this, she usually gets bored really fast with writing, but completed her daily assignments in this book. I like that it uses classic tales to teach with. This is a solid program.
I started this last year with my daughter. We usually don't do a lot of structured writing, but this has worked well. I like the source material they use, and the questions they ask for discussion have more depth than most reading comprehension. I am hoping to go through the whole series with my children.
A thoroughly grounded approach to teaching writing. With copywork, dictation, grammar points, sentence play and interesting and varied writing assignments, this series has been a fabulous addition to our homeschool.
I love this. My girls have really enjoyed it and their writing has improved so much. They've also learned vocabulary and literary terms. Skills in the first book such as narration, simplification, and amplification are invaluable. Can't wait until we can purchase the second book!
This really has worked remarkably well for my daughter. Copying the style and technique of great writing has made her into a beautiful little writer for her age--I was quite surprised at how much improvement we saw, even after just the first book!
The only thing I've been disappointed by is that the grammar is terribly simplistic, so I'm not sure it helps to even have it in there. We find that the narrations are also kind of a waste of time--I feel Writing with Ease has a much better approach to narration and to building a child's ability to hold ideas and thoughts in the mind while they attempt to write.
But, the actual writing techniques have been absolutely fantastic for my daughter! I cannot wait to follow this program all the way through the higher grades. What a blessing to have discovered this program!
i am pleased with this writing program because it is thorough. It includes narration, dictation, a little grammar, amplification, and more. It is more interesting than other writing curricula than we've used. My son especially liked the Fable book. He does not love the necessary creativity in the writing exercises, but I like that it stretches him by forcing him to come up with more descriptive adjectives or better verbs. I'm excited about getting into the new levels as they come out!
I LOVE Writing and Rhetoric!
Creative writing is kind of a hobby in our household. An author myself, I love to see my children enjoying writing, but I also want them to get a solid foundation in the craft. Many of the writing programs I tried with my older children felt dry and stale and allowed little room for creativity. I purchased Writing & Rhetoric for my daughter this year, and have been blown away by the completeness of this program. Good literature. Analysis. Vocabulary. Dictation. Narration. Summarization. Amplification. Basically, the student is given a piece of writing and led through various exercises that develop a well-rounded sense of story and a firmer grasp on the English language and the art of story-telling (and consequently, good writing).
I don't mean to gush, but I LOVE Writing and Rhetoric!
I firmly believe in teaching writing, but classical writing curriculum can often be a little dull. This one really allows my son to use his creative imagination along with the mechanics of writing. He enjoys finding new ways to say something and enhance his writing. This writing curriculum has a lot of fun stories and goes very deep into developing a good writer. The Teacher's manual contains the complete student manual with notes, explanations and some scripted parts. I love that it includes copy work and dictation but goes even further into actually writing your own creativity. The only con I have is that some of the lessons can be a little long for a third grader. My son's creativity can be hampered by having to write too much, and he will look for ways to make the assignment as short as possible because of his hand cramps. I adapt this by allowing him two days to work on the writing or allow him to narrate it some, but I would love it if this book eased into things for a few lessons more before they started with summaries and amplifications. The only other con is that they ask you to read your writing to each other, which doesn't happen as much in homeschooling. I have him read it to me or his Dad though and offer feedback. The lessons are not broken into daily lessons, but you can plan to stop and start as you see fit. They offer a suggested schedule of what to do each day, but we modify. Overall, I love that it includes dictation, narration and copy work, but it goes beyond that to understand writing and approach it creatively.
I bought this for my daughter. The book has cute short stories. This is the thing my daughter puts off to do to the very last of the day. I understand learning from great pieces of writing, but my daughter would enjoy it more if it offered more creativity. I think she is learning with it, but we will not be buying the levels above this one.