Wordsmith Teacher Book

Wordsmith Teacher Book

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Wordsmith Teacher Book
Provides teachers the answers to exercises found in Wordsmith.

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.

From the Publisher:
Confidence is what most young writers lack, and Wordsmith is designed to lead them to the place where they can read over their own work and think, “Hey—that’s pretty good!” Wordsmith is the core book in the series, the one that every student from age 12 and up should complete, especially if their writing skills lag behind the recommended level.

How to build confidence? Over many years of writing and teaching, I’ve developed a three-pronged approach:

1.Learn how to use the tools. That is, avail yourself of our incredibly rich English vocabulary and master the skill of manipulating sentences for greater effectiveness. What are the most important words of a sentence? How can you make those words pop? What are the sentence openers you should almost always avoid? How can you break out of the sentence-pattern rut? All these questions, and much more, are answered in Parts One and Two.

2.Learn how to tap your own experience for unlimited material. Have you ever heard the complaint, “I don’t have anything to write about?” Or have you ever stared at a blank page with a blank mind? You and your students will be happy to learn that everyone has unlimited subject matter to write about. And even better: one of the most important keys to effective writing, often overlooked, is personal connection. Through the seven core assignments in Wordsmith Part Three, students learn proven techniques for making personal connections with readers—and never running out of material.

3.Practice.  No shortcuts here! Like any craftsman, a wordsmith hones her craft by learning the tools, becoming familiar with the medium, and practicing skills. Wordsmith provides plenty of opportunity by expanding on the core assignments with fun and imaginative variations.

But it doesn’t stop there. Writing is a TOWER process: Thinking, Organizing, Writing, Evaluating, and RewritingWordsmith helps students begin to evaluate their own work to make it better. This is called revision, and reluctant writers hate it. Wordsmith details revision checklists for each assignment, allowing students to grow in proficiency and—here’s that word again—confidence!

A handy Appendix includes summaries of how to proofread and revise, a verb list, several examples of student writing, suggestions for blogging, and four review quizzes.


Author: Janie B. Cheaney
Publisher: Common Sense Press, 2003
Faith-Based: No

View a sample lesson of Wordsmith Teacher's Guide

Awards and Endorsements:
2012 Cathy Duffy's 101 Top Picks

Review: Wordsmith / Wordsmith Craftsman by Eclectic Montage

review by Eclectic Montage

"The teacher’s guide provided with this edition is very effective. Not only does it help with the grammar and basic structure that an answer key can provide, but in a conversational tone helps the parent understand how to evaluate his/her student both through encouragement and constructive criticism...The teacher’s guide is excellent! It truly empowers the parent to work with his or her student to strengthen his writing. I’m very impressed."

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Kim E.

It has an easy to follow schedule that you can pick and choose from if you'd like.

Great guide

This is a great parent guide. It helps me with assignments for my son. It is easy for a parent to follow and make sense of.

Good purchase

I have been looking for a writing curriculum that will foster my child's natural creative writing ability and this seems like it will be the perfect fit.