Curriculum Connection Summer Sale

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We have lots of used books and curriculum. Instead of taking them to the used bookstore we want to help homeschool moms that read this blog.

Take advantage of these special prices by clicking the title of any of the items. That will automatically put them in your shopping cart. This is a first come first serve sale. Most items have only 1 copy. We will do our best to keep this page updated.

All Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) items listed are not used but are apart of our “Scratch and Dent Sale.” There are very limited items on this and once the “Scratch & Dent” items are sold we will no longer offer the IEW products at the price listed.

Feel free to share this post with your friends and family.

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Math-U-See Advanced Math Kit – USED

$15 for ALL items listed below.  Add to Cart

Includes the following:

Training Videos (2)
Teacher Manual
Extra Practice Sheets

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Mega Memory by: Kevin Trudeau – USED

$20 for ALL items listed below. Add to Cart

Includes the following:

Audio Tapes
Pocket Guide
Workbook

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Visual Manna – Dinosaur Art Project Book by: Sharron Jeffus – USED

$1 for the book.  Add to Cart

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DSST (Dante’s Subject Standardized Test): Official Test-Prep Guide by Peterson’s (2001) — 2nd edition – USED

$5 for book. Add to Cart

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Advance Placement Examination Guide: Microeconomics & Macroeconomics by Richard Sattora and  Research & Education Assoc. (2004) – USED

$5 for book. Add to Cart

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Essentials: Business Law 1 – Quick Access to the Important Facts and Concepts by William D Keller and Research & Education Assoc (2002) – USED

$3 for book. Add to Cart

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Peterson’s PSAT Success 2002 by Shirley Tarbell & Byron Demmer – USED

$5 for book. Add to Cart

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Saxon Algebra 1 Kit by John H. Saxon Jr. — 3rd Edition – USED

$40 for ALL items listed below. Add to Cart

Includes the following:
Student Textbook
Answer Key
Solutions Manual
Test Forms
DIVE CD

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CLEP Principles of Management by: Donald E. Hovey Ph.D. – USED

$5 for book. Add to Cart

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CLEP: Official Study Guide by CLEP (2004) – USED

Includes: Workbook along with Sampler CD

$5 for book. Add to Cart

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7 Undeniable Truths of Home Schooling CD by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn – USED

$10 for CD. Add to Cart

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Phonetic Zoo: Level C — DICS ONLY – USED
By: James Webster & Andrew Pudewa

$45 for CDs. Add to Cart

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Accelerated Distance Learning by Brad Voeller

$9 for book. Add to Cart

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Word Roots B1 CD by Critical Thinking – USED (CD Only)

$10 for CD. Add to Cart

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Vocabulary Roots 2 by Sam, Max & Bryan Burches – USED (2003)

$5 for book. Add to Cart

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Our Mother Tongue Answer Key by Nancy Wilson

$3 for book. Add to Cart

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Rules of the Game 2 Teacher Key by Mary Page, Peter Guthrie & Sloan Sable – USED (2002)

$5 for book. Add to Cart

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Student Intensive Continuation Course B-1 Workbook by Excellent Resources – USED

$15 for workbook. Add to Cart

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American Government – Teacher’s Edition by BJU Press – USED (2nd edition)

$10 for book. Add to Cart

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Maximum Speed Reading by Howard Stephen Berg – USED

Includes the following:
4 Discs
Workbook
Bonus Disc

$15 for entire set. Add to Cart

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Webster’s New World Thesaurus by Charlton Laird (1974)

$1 for book. Add to Cart

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Character-Based Writing Lessons by Daniel Weber (IEW)

$20.30 for book. Add to Cart

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Teaching With Games Set by Lori Verstegen (IEW)

$31.50 for set. Add to Cart

Includes the following:
Teaching with Games Teacher Book
2 disc DVD set

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Bible-Based Writing Lessons by Andrew Pudewa & James Webster (IEW)

$20.30 for book. Add to Cart

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Classical Rhetoric through Structure & Style by Adam Muller (IEW)

$20.30 for book. Add to Cart

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Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons by Lori Verstegen (IEW) – 1st edition

$14.50 for book. Add to Cart

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ALL SALES FINAL!

Vote for Essay

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I don’t normally post things like this, but this is a special case. I would greatly appreciate it if you would vote for my college friend’s daughter.  She’s in an essay contest for a scholarship. Thanks for your help!

Kerry

Hello All:

I have entered an essay in an online scholarship contest.  If I win I could get up to $5,000!  I could really use this money for the upcoming college expenses.  The winners are determined by how many online votes the essays receive so I need your help.

All you have to do is go to http://rvos.com/essay/voting and click “creat voting account”  it will ask you to give an email. It will then send you a username and password to your email account. Go back and login to your account.  Once you have done that go to “essay search” on the left side column of the page.  Type my name into the search box (Rachel Smith) and my essay will come up. Click the link to read my essay. It will take you to my essay,  where you can read it and click the “vote for this essay” on the upper right side.  Then you are done!

Each email address can only vote once, so if you have more than one email address, feel free to vote more than once.   I would SO appreciate your vote!

Thank you so much!  Please pass along to your friends and family!

Rachel Smith

Curriculum Connection Summer Sale

Curriculum Connection, Homeschooling, Raising Leaders, Specials 2 Comments

We have lots of used books and curriculum. Instead of taking them to the used bookstore we want to help homeschool moms that read this blog.

Take advantage of these special prices by clicking the title of any of the items. That will automatically put them in your shopping cart. This is a first come first serve sale. Most items have only 1 copy. We will do our best to keep this page updated.

Feel free to share this post with your friends and family.

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Saxon Algebra 1 Kit by John H. Saxon Jr. — 3rd Edition – USED

$48 for ALL items listed below. Add to Cart

Includes the following:
Student Textbook
Answer Key
Solutions Manual
Test Forms
DIVE CD

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Wheelock’s Latin Set by Frederic M. Wheelock — 5th Edition – USED

$19 for ALL items listed below. Add to Cart

Includes the following:

Student Textbook
Exercise/Homework Booklet
Latin Stories Book (designed to accompany the curriculum)
Latin Stories

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The Effective Writing Series by Bruce Ross-Larson (1999) – USED

$19.15 for ALL items listed below. Add to Cart

Includes the following 3 books:
Stunning Sentences
Riveting Reports
Powerful Paragraphs

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Primary Literature Sources for Ancient History CD by Trivium Pursuit. – USED

$19 for CDs. Add to Cart

CDs Include: Over 1,200 Individual Works from 80 different authors (from Aeschines to Xenophon).

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Classical Rhetoric by Martin Cothran (2002) – USED

$22 for set. Add to Cart

Includes a Student Textbook and Teacher Key

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Peterson’s PSAT Success 2002 by Shirley Tarbell & Byron Demmer – USED

$5 for book. Add to Cart

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Vocabulary Bridges by Harvey Bluedorn (2001) – USED

$12 for book. Add to Cart

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Phonetic Zoo: Level C — DICS ONLY – USED
By: James Webster & Andrew Pudewa

$45 for CDs. Add to Cart

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Jenney’s First Year Latin Package – USED

$5 for ALL items listed below. Add to Cart

Jenney’s First Year Latin by Charles Jenney Jr (1984)
Cassell’s Latin-English Dictionary by D.P. Simpson (1987)
201 Latin Verbs by Joseph Wolberg (1964) — Fully conjugated in all the tenses

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Cambridge Latin Course: Unit 1 & 2 by Ed Phinney – USED

$15 for ALL items listed below. Add to Cart

Cambridge Latin Course: Unit 1 by Ed Phinney — 3rd Edition
Includes the following:
Student Textbook
Teacher Manual

Cambridge Latin Course: Unit 2 by Ed Phinney — 3rd Edition
Includes: Student Textbook Only.

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Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student by Edward P.J. Corbett & Robert J Connors — 4th Edition – USED

$9 for book. Add to Cart

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Writer’s Express by Kemper, Nathan, Sebranek, Elsholz (2000) – USED

Writer’s Inc by Sebranek, Kemper, Meyer (2001) – USED

$9 for both books. Add to Cart

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Learning Logic Package – USED

$19 for ALL items listed below. Add to Cart

Learning Logic at Home by Nathaniel Bluedorn

Traditional Logic: Book 1 by Martin Cothran (2000)
Answer Key ONLY.

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Saxon Advanced Math Set by John H. Saxon Jr — 2nd edition – USED

$48 for ALL items listed below. Add to Cart

Includes the following:
Student Text
Solutions Manual
Test Forms
Answer Key
DIVE CD

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DSST (Dante’s Subject Standardized Test): Official Test-Prep Guide by Peterson’s (2001) — 2nd edition – USED

$5 for book. Add to Cart

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CLEP Principles of Marketing by Research & Education Assoc. (2006): 5th edition — Includes CD – USED

$5 for book. Add to Cart

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Advance Placement Examination Guide: Microeconomics & Macroeconomics by Richard Sattora and  Research & Education Assoc. (2004) – USED

$5 for book. Add to Cart

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Essentials: Business Law 1 – Quick Access to the Important Facts and Concepts by William D Keller and Research & Education Assoc (2002) – USED

$3 for book. Add to Cart

Encourage Writing using Reading Journals

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This summer I’ve been posting reviews of our writing products as well as some articles about writing. This is an article that I wrote last summer that I thought you might find helpful.

If you’re looking for powerful tools to help your child learn more, and retain more, look no further than a reading journal.

Pesonally, I believe reading journals are an excellent way to have your students interact with their readings and improve their writing skills at the same time. Whether your kids are six or sixteen they can write about what they read and begin their journal writing programs.

My teenagers kept a reading journal this past year. It specifically dealt with their literature reading assignment. At the beginning of the year, they wrote about the events that occurred in the story. As the year passed, they began writing more about the characters or the lessons they were learning from the story. By the end of the year this was an informal essay, going beyond simply recapping what they read.

My son is twelve and I plan to start the year with a journal entry at the end of each day. This will tell me what he “really learned” that day. He has made journal entries for specific readings, similar to narrations. We have used journals especially with his Bible readings. He writes a paragraph about what he read in his morning devotions and I believe this helps reinforce what he reads.

Here’s a video review of a couple of our writing products,
“Excellence In Literature: British and American.”

Younger children can narrate their entry aloud as you write it for them. On the following day, have the child re-write their narrative, using their best handwriting or printing. Offer journal writing instruction to younger children by having them copy work into their journals.

I don’t think that these journals are teaching tools themselves, but they have helped my children write better. It does, however, help them to retain what they have learned while looking for ways to incorporate those lessons into daily life. I use Teaching Writing: Structure & Style.

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Copyright Kerry Beck, 2009
You have permission to reprint this article, as long as you don’t make any changes and include the bio below.

Kerry Beck helps homeschool moms and classroom teachers with writing narrative. Sign up for Kerry’s free mini-course on Teaching Writing Easily at http://www.howtoteachwriting.com/ right now.

Using Great Topics to Teach Writing

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This summer I’ve been posting reviews of our writing products as well as some articles about writing. This is an article that I wrote last summer that I thought you might find helpful.

A few months ago I shared a writing tip you could use in your classroom or homeschool. Since that time I was once again reminded how important it is to let our children have some ownership over their writing activities. Let me share my story….

Last week, my son was listening to his IEW Student Writing DVD. His lesson was on writing a biographical sketch, outlining someone’s life in five short paragraphs. Well, I already knew the perfect subjects – perhaps writing on an early father of the church would help his recent lessons on Roman civilization to sink in more deeply. As an added bonus, he could delve more deeply into some of the books which we had not time to read in history.

I thought it was a perfect topic – he was not convinced. I could tell his disinterest as we talked about his topic. So, we started talking baseball. He had just finished reading a biography of Derek Jeter, so I suggested doing his paper on Jeter. He did not complain and even told me of two other sources he could use. He had to use a minimum of 3 sources and only one could be internet. We decided that he would write about Derek Jeter, rather than church fathers.

Here is a review of one of our products, “Student Writing Intensive”.

Over the past week, he has studiously collected information on Derek Jeter for his paper. Today, we narrowed his topics down to only three, keeping him from being overwhelmed.Over the next week, he will create an outline and begin writing.

Believe me, I have a much happier son because he is writing about someone he likes, not someone Mom told him to research. I know his paper will be much better, just because he has an interest in his topic.

By letting your kids choose their own topics, they take ownership of their project. Give it a try – it makes a huge difference! Your children will learn more and be happier about it; you’ll be thrilled with the results.

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Copyright Kerry Beck, 2009
You have permission to reprint this article, as long as you don’t make any changes and include the bio below.
Kerry Beck enjoys encouraging homeschool moms and classroom teachers with writing strategies. Grab Kerry’s free mini-course on Teaching Writing Easily at http://www.howtoteachwriting.com/ today.

How to Encourage Kids to Love Writing

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This summer I’ve been posting reviews of our writing products as well as some articles about writing. This is an article that I wrote last summer that I thought you might find helpful.

Do you have children that complain about writing lessons? Last summer, I discovered (again) that giving my children a purpose for writing increases their motivation and willingness to fulfill their assignments. It is also a fantastic way to teach the process of writing format through publishing.

A few years ago, all three of my children wrote books which are now available for purchase. My son worked for an entire year studying about the jungle and choosing just the right animal or plant to include in his ABC Jungle Book. After making these choices, he wrote a paragraph about each one, using a writing stylistic checklist.

Of course, he didn’t work on his book for eight hours a day, every day for a year. After all, he’s just a kid! The amazing thing is that he remained motivated all year long. Because of his efforts, he was able to complete his book at the beginning of June.

Here’s how we kept our son motivated, saving us from nagging and arguing. First, we assigned him a writing topic that was interesting to him. He’s been fascinated by jungle plants and animals for years, and was happy to keep reading and learning more. Second, he was excited at the thought of writing his own book, one that he could sell to earn money for his efforts. Because he had a reason for writing, he remained motivated to complete the project.

Here is a review of one of our products, “Medieval History Based Writing”.


Other purposes for writing assignments may include sending a letter to a friend or relative, entering a writing contest, writing a letter to the newspaper editor, writing a summary of your science fair project, sharing a story about an event in your life, writing a ministry letter, or a myriad of other purposes. Do your children have a purpose for their writing?

Once you have given your child a purposeful writing assignment, help them to first put their ideas onto paper, and arrange those ideas in a cohesive, logical order. There’s a program on the market which, in my opinion (as a mother and former teacher) is the best. Check out Teaching Writing: Structure & Style, which excels in teaching your children how to write effectively for a range of reasons – letters, essays, stories, and more.

Use the process of writing format through publishing to add purpose to your child’s writing assignments. Remember, writing assignments don’t have to be about writing – they can, and should, be about a range of topics, preferably based on topics which you and your child are studying at the time. Writing is a skill, one that can be applied to any number of topics. Help your child to write with purpose by asking them to write on many topics, from dragons to trigonometry, summer vacations to science fairs. It makes all the difference in the world!

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Copyright Kerry Beck, 2009
You have permission to reprint this article, as long as you don’t make any changes and include the bio below.

Kerry Beck specializes in helping homeschool moms and classroom teachers with elementary writing. Get her free mini-course on Teaching Writing Easily at http://www.howtoteachwriting.com/ right now.


Classical Rhetoric

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Has Writing become that dreaded subject no one wants to tread on? Most students dislike grammar because it has no relevance. How BORING is that?

Why not use classics that are interesting & have endured over time. Classical Rhetoric through Structure & Style uses an old-style method called Progymnastmata. Don’t worry about that unknown name. Just know it really works to teach your children how to write and keep their interest.

In the process of teaching writing, your students will also discover how to form a good argument. You know your children are ready for this manual when they start arguing with me. Why not use their desire to argue to teach them how to make a good argument?

The source texts presented in Classical Rhetoric are designed to acquaint the students with the great works of the classical tradition in the hope that it will foster in them a love of learning. A sampling of texts used in this program are:

  • Chanticleer & the Fox
  • King Solomon on Wisdom
  • Gettysburg Address
  • Hannibal’s Monologue
  • Beowulf
  • Shield of Achilles
  • Odysseus
  • Hamlet
  • St Crispin’s Day Speech
  • Mars Hill Appeal
  • Canterbury Tales

You are welcome to use your own source text to tie in learning rhetoric with what you are already reading in history or literature.

Click here to learn more about Classical Rhetoric
Get your copy today!

Teach Grammar Effortlessly In Less Than 15min A Day

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Has Grammar become that dreaded subject noone wants to tread on? Most students dislike grammar because it has no relevance; it is a workbook with tons of exercises. How BORING is that?

Pamela White and IEW have produced a fantastic grammar guide you can use to teach grammar rules in less than 15 minutes a day . . . from an interesting perspective.

Ms. White has re-written classic stories with embedded mistakes. It is your student’s mission to find & correct the mistakes. And believe me, kids like correcting other people’s mistakes a lot more than they want to correct their own. So, set them on their mission of detecting all the errors in the stories.

But, I teach students at multi-age levels!
Can I still use Fix-It for all those grade levels?

Don’t worry! Fix-It provides 5 stories from grade 3 to 12. Each story is used for 32 week, 4 times a week. In other words, you get 5 years worth of grammar in one book…really!

How does Fix-It work?

For each story, students rewrite a sentence a day, 4 days/week, correcting as many of the embedded grammatical errors as they can find. They also search for IEW dress-ups and sentence openers. Beneath the incorrect sentences are printed the corrections, and on the right column are listed the explanations of grammar, including the definition for a bolded vocabulary word.

In addition to the grammar rules in the Appendix, to the right of each passage are the rules for those sentences – so it’s all spelled out – plus the vocabulary definition (I figured teachers would be like me and appreciate having the dictionary definition close at hand) and IEW style tools used.

Click here to read more about Fix It! Grammar
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US History Writing Lessons-Vol. 2 (Civil War – Present)

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Veteran co-op teacher Lori Verstegan developed and test-taught these remarkable lesson plans for several years before refining them into this superb collection. This series of 32 lessons provides source texts, practice exercises and assignments/grading checklists for all nine of the TWSS units. Touches on people and events in US history from the Civil War to the Present.

 

Most lessons begin with activities to teach a stylistic technique or writing structure. These vary from strong verbs to show emotions to topic sentences/clinchers to similes. An overview of the lesson is provided, as well as a step-by-step (EASY TO FOLLOW) lesson plan.

U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons, Volume 2 are just another excellent supplement to Teaching Writing: Structure & Style. Lori provides 2-6 lessons for each of TWSS (IEW’s Teaching Writing) units thus covering stories, reports, formal essays, critiques and creative writing. Checklists are provided for both the teacher & student.

The Student Resource packet is a gold mine of its own containing:

  • Structural Models
  • Banned Word Thesaurus
  • Grammar Dictionary
  • 72 vocabulary words on card stock complete with defining pictures and words

So you’re wondering what ages can use U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons?

Glad you asked because Lori has thought of everything. In her easy-to-follow lessons, she separates her instructions for elementary (4th-6th grade) to junior high to high school. To help teach different ages of students, different checklists & assignments are given.

Click here to learn more about US History-Based Writing Vol. 2
Get your copy today!

US History 1 Writing Lessons (Explorers – Gold Rush)

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Lori Verstegan is amazing! She provides 34 writing lessons for moms & teachers who are studying or teaching United States history.

 

Most lessons begin with activities to teach a stylistic technique or writing structure. These vary from strong verbs to show emotions to topic sentences/clinchers to similes. An overview of the lesson is provided, as well as a step-by-step (EASY TO FOLLOW) lesson plan.

U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons, Volume 1 are just another excellent supplement to Teaching Writing: Structure & Style. Lori provides 2-6 lessons for each of TWSS (IEW’s Teaching Writing) units thus covering stories, reports, formal essays, critiques and creative writing. Checklists are provided for both the teacher & student.

So you’re wondering what ages can use U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons?

Glad you asked because Lori has thought of everything. In her easy-to-follow lessons, she separates her instructions for elementary (4th-6th grade) to junior high to high school. To help teach different ages of students, different checklists & assignments are given.

Click here to learn more about US History-Based Writing Lessons Vol. 1
Get your copy today!

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