Saturday, August 4, 2012

Create Better Writers

From their website:
"We offer materials that will help your K-12 students become outstanding writers. Our books and eBooks show you how to teach writing and grammar - so it makes sense to you and your students. "

The Home School Teacher’s Writing Plan  Cost - $15.95 (ebook) or $19.95 (softcover edition)

"Your complete writing plan from grades 3 through 12. If you are not confident as a writing teacher, this is all you will need. You have your step-by-step plan for your students entire academic lives. If you are a confident writing teacher, this program will provide the framework for exceptional writing. By using this program, you will know where all your other great writing lessons fit into writing’s big picture. The best part is that you can use this program with all your students!"

Watch our 53 minute video "From the Paragraph to the Essay" to see a demonstration for teaching the program.

How To Teach the Paragraph - Cost: $7.99 eBook Only
Free with the purchase of How To Teach the Five Paragraph Essay or The Complete Writing Program)

"Writing instruction does NOT need to be difficult. If your student can write a paragraph, your student can write anything from an essay, to a research report, to an in-depth story.  It all starts with one simple trick. Teach this trick in minutes, have your students practice it several times, and your students will have a solid grasp for writing paragraphs. Use this trick to write stories, summarize stories, write reports, and more. No assignment is too difficult."

Watch this short video to see more -

How To Teach The Five-Paragraph Essay - Cost:$17.95 (ebook) $19.95 (softcover)

"A step-by-step plan for teaching the five-paragraph essay. Teachers will be able to show their students how a simple outline will help students master one of the most important skills a student can acquire. The format of this book leaves nothing to chance. The teacher is given everything needed to help students master essay writing. Students will be able to organize their ideas, then format and write a five-paragraph essay in about an hour. Every student will be prepared for any class, district, or state writing test."
See a sample here.

Bentz Test Laboratory was excited for the opportunity to take a peek at Creating Better Writers!  This is a very complete writing program.  Best of all - you can not beat the price!!  It is recommended for students beginning in grades 3/4 through high school.  That means you can use it for all your students.

Creating Better Writers begins with How to Write a Paragraph.  It is taught in 11 easy to follow, simple steps.  Your student will learn and memorize the five parts of a good paragraph, learn to set-up their paper, pre-writing, topic sentences, and closing sentences.  Practice, and rubrics for assessment are also included.

This is where Bentz Test Laboratory spent our review time, mastering this vital, first step in writing!  We found this program very easy to follow along.  It broke the writing process into managable (and best of all - teachable) steps.  We've used many writing programs over our homeschooling years, and this was the easiest to follow along with!

 David Dye, the author, has the gift of encouragment - he breaks teaching writing down in simple, memorable, managable steps.  If you lack confidence in your ability to teach writing - read The Homeschool Writing Action Plan - and you'll be ready to tackle this subject, and succeed!

My older students began How to Teach the Five-Paragraph Essay.  What a great tool in your writing tool box!  Begin with the List of Steps - this will help you as you teach the Five-Paragraph Essay.  A Sample Pacing Chart - Day 1 to Day 20 - see what your lessons will be.  A Detailed Lesson plan gives a detailed explanation of each step.  The Plan for Total Mastery shows you what to do next.  Bells and Whistles introduce exciting introductions, classy conclusions, smooth transitions and more...  Finally, The Next Level shows your student how to use this basic Five-Paragraph essay in any domain of writing.

Create Better Writers is written very clearly and is so easy to follow.  You don't have to be nervous about teaching writing to your children with an effective program like this one! 

Check out what other members of the TOS Crew thought here.

I was sent complimentary copies in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.


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