For young people who want to improve their writing skills, step-by-step instructions are provided that will help any writer improve his techniques. The introduction provides a brief review of grammar followed by instruction on building stronger sentences, exercise in descriptive and narrative writing, creating dialogue, story writing, and writing from a particular point of view. Plus, practice the essential skills of every good writer, proofreading and revising.
About the Wordsmith Series
Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the slew of creative writing programs available for homeschoolers? As a curriculum provider, we have seen more writing programs than any sensible parent would ever want to see, and candidly, after a while they all look pretty much the same. So what stood out about the Wordsmith line?
No Slick Promises
To start with, the engaging exercises and doable assignments are pertinent for reinforcing the systematic process of thinking, organizing, writing, evaluating, and re-writing that is critical to any creative writing program. But ultimately, at the very core of the Wordsmith program is the honest reality presented by the author, Janie B. Cheaney, a regular columnist for World Magazine, that while her books will not always produce an enthusiastic and prolific writer, with the Wordsmith series, the actual skills of creative writing can be acquired by anyone. So if you need a language arts program that addresses creative writing in more depth, the Wordsmith series is the most effective, painless approach we have seen. A Teacher’s Guide for this course is available separately.
Author: Janie B. Cheaney
Publisher: Common Sense Press, 2003
View a sample lesson of Wordsmith Student Book
Awards and Endorsements:
Cathy Duffy 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
review by My Life on a Taffy Pull
"This program wasn’t a good fit for my budding authoress Strawberry. She loves to write, but felt that this book was too easy. I guess that’s not a bad problem to have. It didn’t hold her attention or challenge her enough. One good thing about all of the books that Timberdoodle sells in this same series is the cost. They are low-cost books! So the risk is minimal if you want to try them out."Read the Full Review
review by For One Another
"We have only used this book for 2 weeks now, but I've got to admit that I do like it. The biggest plus so far is that I don't get the rolled eyes and groans when it's time to pull out Wordsmith, like I did with last year's writing curriculum I chose. When I asked my 14 year old daughter what she thought of it, her response was: 'Way better than last year, for sure. AND I'm having fun with the thesaurus'."Read the Full Review
review by Eclectic Montage
"The approach is simple, but effective. As a short course, I think it does provide the foundation for getting a young writer on the path to understanding that writing is more than just putting words on paper. There is an approach, there are rules, and being able to apply those effectively are the key to success. If you have never had your child really sit down and walk through how to construct sentences, paragraphs, and finally a full essay, then I can easily recommend this program. Writing cannot be taken for granted – it must be taught."Read the Full Review
Wordsmith Student teaches important writing fundamentals, is well-organized, and comes at a great price. We did not use the teacher's guide, and I do not think it is necessary. Although we have been satisfied, we keep leaving it and forgetting to do it. Perhaps this is the nature of composition books? If you purchase it, I recommend scheduling it for use during a single school year, and altering some of the compositions so your student can write about things he is learning in other subject areas.
Depending on a child's interest this can be very helpful in enlisting them in branching out into more creative writing. It worked for us as my girls enjoyed the lay-out of the presentation of the course. They thought it fun to be the newspaper reporter for a newspaper and get to write the news.