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The Complete Writer: Level Four Workbook for Writing with Ease (The Complete Writer) Paperback – January 25, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Writer
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Peace Hill Press; Workbook edition (January 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933339314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933339313
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series, The Well-Educated Mind, and The Well-Trained Mind, among other books. She lives in Virginia where she teaches at the College of William and Mary.

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Susan was born in 1968, grew up in Virginia, and was educated at home by pioneering parents, back when home education was still unheard of. She worked as a professional musician, wore a costume at Colonial Williamsburg, toured with a travelling drama group, galloped racehorses at a Virginia racetrack, taught horseback riding, worked in radio and newspaper ad sales, learned enough Korean to teach a Korean four-year-old Sunday school, and served as librarian and reading tutor for the Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In her less haphazard adult life, she earned an M.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. She has taught at the College of William & Mary in Virginia for the last sixteen years. Susan is married and the mother of four.

Susan's most recent book for Norton, The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade (2010), is the second in a four-volume series providing a narrative world history. Look for the first volume, The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome, as well!

Her previous book, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (2003), is a guide to reading the classic works of fiction, poetry, history, autobiography, and drama. Norton also published The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (with co-author Jessie Wise); originally published in 1999, this bestselling guide to education in the classical tradition was revised and updated in 2004 and again in 2009.

For Peace Hill Press, Susan has written a four-volume world history series for children, The Story of the World, for Peace Hill Press. Volume 1, Ancient Times, was published in 2002 (revised edition 2006); Volume 2, The Middle Ages, in 2003 (revised edition 2007); and Volume 3, Early Modern Times, in 2004. The final volume, The Modern Age, was published in 2006. She has also written a best-selling elementary writing program, Writing With Ease.

Susan is also the author of The Art of the Public Grovel (Princeton University Press) and many articles and reviews. Visit her blog at http://www.susanwisebauer.com/blog.

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Customer Reviews

The reading passages are interesting and come from wonderful books.
L. Hanson
Example...Lesson for Day 1, they read a few paragraphs from "Pinocchio" and then I ask them to summarize the story.
Natasha
I also highly recommend using this with their grammar curriculum, "First Language Lessons."
Julby

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Heather E. Johnson on December 1, 2011
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My children have used the Writing With Ease workbooks from the beginning, but the Level 4 workbook includes dictations that are sometimes 6 lines long. We always have to split the dictations into sections, and often neither me nor my husband can remember them, so it is hard to expect my 9 year old to. I would recommend Levels 1-3, but I would only recommend Level 4 to children who can easily remember text...otherwise, it's extremely time consuming and frustrating.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. Hanson on November 24, 2010
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I love this curriculum. My son has completed Levels 1 through 3 and is now working on Level 4. He is completely writing his own narration summaries. This series starts out with your child narrating his summaries for you to write down (Level 1) and then gradually moves the child to writing on his own. At the beginning of Level 4, your child is expected to write the first one or two sentences of his narration on his own, but it also allows a lot of flexibility depending on your child's skill level. Level 4 stretches the child's ability to remember long dictations, and the dictations are more complicated than in the previous levels. Dictations often include dialogue. The reading passages are interesting and come from wonderful books. My son often looks for the books introduced in the passages to read on his own. The passages come from a mix of fiction and nonfiction works. The lessons are short and focused. This level was more expensive than those I have purchased in the past -- maybe because it was just recently published? At any rate, it is well worth it as it saves me a lot of time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Schwarz on February 7, 2013
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I originally ordered the teacher manual because the ideas for the lessons were all included. I soon found out that I didn't care to be looking for all the right passages for my children to use. This workbook has made it so much simpler. Now we are able to concentrate on learning the skills of narration and dictation which my older two had very little experience with in traditional school. After completing just a few weeks of the lessons in this workbook (they actually write in a separate notebook) I feel they have transitioned well from the "read a passage-take a test " style of learning they practiced for their first five & six years of schooling. I am confident they will learn well next year as we switch to "living books" for many of our subjects. I will save this for my younger two who began with level 1 this year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julby on December 13, 2011
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This writing curriculum is wonderful. It is very complete, and my daughter enjoys it. Each week you read a section from a story, and your child writes, in their own words, what the story was about. There are also dictation exercises to be done during the week. I love the stories they give you to read in this book. It has sparked my daughter's interest in the books they read from. Our lessons usually only take about 15 minutes per day, so it's very doable. I also highly recommend using this with their grammar curriculum, "First Language Lessons." These two books compliment each other very well.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leila on December 17, 2010
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I use this book to improve my student's ability to write a concise, correct summary of a short passage that he has read. And this curriculum book helps me to do just that. In this way it is effective. Each lesson is 5-15 mins.

Some of the passages are compelling, and my student wants to investigate the novels from which they come. Others are not, and he slugs through, while I tell him that it is about the practice not how exciting it is. In this way it is a good life lesson.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Natasha on October 3, 2011
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I really like Susan Wise Bauer's approach to teaching comprehension and reading skills....however these lessons are a bit repetitive and boring. I condensed the 4 lessons to 2 lessons and skipped a lot that were repeats. Example...Lesson for Day 1, they read a few paragraphs from "Pinocchio" and then I ask them to summarize the story. I write down the first sentence they said, without them seeing it...then I ask them if they can remember it. Then that is it?? For one day?? Really?? Then the next day you repeat a sentence 3 times to them and see if they can write it from memory...(that sentence is from the reading on Day 1)...Then they repeat it back to you without looking.(that is all for one lesson) The next lesson they may write from dictation a sentence from the same paper....or a different story altogether....Depends. Either way it seems like they are using the same sentence for 4 days and each lesson only takes 5 -10 minutes....So instead of dragging it out for 4 days, I condense it for 2 lessons and skip the ones that seem to be repeats. Overall, it is a good outline and a great tool for teaching comprehension skills...I give it 4 stars and I like it, but not LOVE it.
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