Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Write right now the 'rite' way:
Student Excellence in Writing Programs would be by far my favourite writing program. I have all of their programs mentioned below and have run mini classes for 9 years now. Initially they just had the teacher's program, then the "Intensive" program for students and finally they have the "Continuation" program which I have only taught once. The SAT preparation course/advanced writing courses are excellent, not just for the SAT essay exam but for any child who needs to learn speedy thinking, spontaneous essay writing, exams pressure etc. for a tertiary level of work. And the note taking element is essential as well for tertiary education, as notes are still not always available for the students - unless they have a disability that requires notes to be given. The program builds grammar skills into writing without the kids even realising. And also provides a fail free method of writing.
This is definitely my very best resource and although it is expensive, it is worth every cent I have spent on it! If I could only buy one thing for educating my children, it would be this as it effects almost every subject (most other subjects have free curriculum's available online these day, if one is desperate enough to not spend any money.)
Here is their home page: http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/
(1) This is the teacher's program.
(2) This is the basic program kids program:Student Intensive:
http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/catalog/writing ( I have groups A, B and C)
(3) And this is the second/more advanced program, of which I only have the group C as yet.
(4) And last but not least the y 11/12 program, an absolute must for university preparation, and for SAT exam, or just for a well rounded finale to a good education.
There are also some very good Internet links to help with writing:
This is one that we have used for years, it is super for brainstorming and planning. http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/
And the same company has bench mark papers for most grades:
(1) Grades 1 - 5 see http://www.eduplace.com/cgi-bin/schtemplate.cgi?template=/rdg/hme/benchmark/index.thtml&grades=k_5&alt=K-5
(2) Grades 6-8: http://www.eduplace.com/cgi-bin/schtemplate.cgi?template=/rdg/hme/benchmark/index.thtml&grades=6_8&alt=6-8
Here is another web site which includes some guidelines for 9-12 age group, but I have not had time to fully explore it yet. http://farroutlinks.net/blog/super-strategies/writing-exemplars-and-scoring-guides/
I have just googled rubrics, writing and really I like this one best http://www.rubrics4teachers.com/writing.php
Another thing I have taught my older children is different styles of writing (they will need it for SAT prep, uni prep and it is covered by Excellence in Writing advanced courses.) My best resource for this is the Gray LLATL ( Learning Language Arts Through Literature) lessons 28 - 32 which describe (1) a narrative paper, (2) a persuasive paper, (3) a compare and contrast paper and (4) a research paper.
Style of Writing are also found in Writers Inc. and Writers 2000, see http://www.thewritesource.com/, scroll down to the ones you are looking for. As well as in the ABEKA's English Grammar and compositions handbook. https://www.abeka.com/ABekaOnline/BookDescription.aspx?sbn=63355
Happy writing right now the 'rite' way!