The Complete Writer: Writing with Ease: Strong Fundamentals

“Writing with Ease Strong Fundamentals” is authored by Susan Wise Bauer. She is a faculty member of the College of William and Mary and co-author of “The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home.”

“Writing with Ease” teaches the student on how to take inarticulate ideas, put the ideas into words and how to put the words down on paper. The curriculum is divided into three stages: Writing with Ease (Grades 1-4), Writing with Skill (Grades 5-8) and Writing with Style (Grades 9-12). In Years 1 and 2 the student will focus on practicing narration, copy work and dictation. In Years 3 and 4 the student will focus on putting the steps of narration, copy work and dictation together. In Years 5-8 the student will focus on Diagramming: Sentence-Level Ordering, and Outlining: Composition-Level Ordering. In Years 9-12 the student will focus on the Thesis Statement: Deciding What to Write About, The Progymnasmata: Techniques of Persuasion and Constant Short Papers.

“Writing with Ease” is divided into four parts, Part 1: Understanding the Process, Part 2: The Lessons, Appendices and Bibliography of Excerpts. Part 1: Understanding the Process consists of four sections: Why Writing Programs Fail, The Three Stages, Using This Book and Where Should I Begin. Part 2: The Lessons consists of five sections: Preschool and Kindergarten, Year One, Year Two, Year Three and Year Four. The appendices consist of four sections: After Year Four, Troubleshooting, Frequently Asked Questions and Resources. The bibliography of excerpts is included as a reference resource.

To accompany each level of the curriculum the author has created teacher/student workbooks.
Each work text is divided into a scripted four day lesson plan for 36 weeks, student pages and a reading selections index.

Presently the “Writing with Ease” curriculum consists of “Writing with Ease” hardcover book and workbooks for
Levels 1-4. “Writing with Skill” Level 1 workbook is scheduled to be released in 2012. Subsequent levels of “Writing with Skill” and “Writing With Style” are in development.

I would highly recommend purchasing the hardcover book along with the teacher/student workbooks.

Kathy Alphs

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