Comprehensive Composition

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Just one volume covers grades K-12. The outlined teaching strategy encourages better writing through editing, allowing students to develop at their own pace, improving with practice. Boredom is eliminated by choosing a type of composition and an appealing topic from among those listed which suit the student’s needs and interests. Topics include: paragraphs, essays, reports, outlines, biographies, narratives, letters, and short stories; persuasive, descriptive, expository and creative writing; choosing and narrowing a topic; content and structure skills; mechanics; and sample lessons. Use it alone or as a reference. Recommended by reviewer Cathy Duffy as “one of the most concise yet comprehensive books for teaching the writing process available to home educators.”

Do you sometimes think that there just aren’t enough hours in the school day to cover everything? One way to accomplish more is to teach skills in several areas at one time. “But won’t that be confusing?” you ask. It doesn’t have to be.

Composition topics can be chosen from studies in history, literature, and/or science. While the students are digging up facts on an ancient civilization, instead of interrupting with an unrelated textbook writing assignment, choose the type of writing you want them to learn and relate it to their research. After reading a story out loud, follow up with a discussion and ask them to write a book review. Instead of simply reading a science text, let them choose a topic, find the information, and write a short report. While the students are busy thinking about what to write, you can show them how.

Topics are included in this guide. However, information is arranged to allow flexibility. Students can create stories for their own enjoyment, use topics simply because they are appealing, or relate composition assignments to valuable content in other subjects.

Once a student has developed skill in writing various types of paragraphs and short compositions, he may be able to go on to reports, news stories, biographies, and short stories on his own. While you teach the little ones, let the more experienced writer check the proper section in this guide and simply follow the instructions.

Writing skills are necessary for more than the college bound. Writing clear directions can prevent a friend from getting lost. A well-written letter to a newspaper or congressman could change an opinion. A well-prepared presentation can bring insight at a church meeting or on the job. We owe it to students to help them express their ideas thoughtfully and concisely so that they can be a positive influence in the future.

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Additional book information:
Published: 1989
Revised: 1998
Pages: 124
Dimensions: 11″ x 8 ½” x ¼” (28cm x 21.6cm x 0.64cm)
Cover: Soft cover/Paperback

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