................... Posted March 15, 2012 Share Posted March 15, 2012 (edited) My ds learned the following in Calvert Composition this year: Topic sentences 3 paragraph essays or compositions with topic sentences Adding and or using exciting adverbs, verbs, and adjectives Varying Sentence Structure Closing Sentences How to use Shape Planners and Outlines to plan Writing And several types of poetry Story Writing My current plan for next year was to use Daily 6 Trait. it covers some new material but it would be a step back. So I'm thinking about other options. IEW seems to be overkill for me as I have no problem teaching writing, and find it a bit redundant, to have to buy 169.00 worth of videos and spend hours watching them. And I would prefer a writing program that has lessons and assignments, but still isn't extremely slow. On the other hand, I like the idea of having so much support in the theme-based lessons. I could use one almost every year, and if we got stuck, I could also buy a SWI later on down the road. Any other ideas appreciated. I looked at Essentials in Writing but I'm not so sure about it. I don't think we need videos to teach us how to write. I had Writing Strands but it made ME want to cry, just looking at it. I could not imagine teaching writing in such a slow fashion. I'm also looking at Write Shop, and would love feedback on that. OR I can just stay with my plan of using Daily 6 Trait until we are ready for Wordsmith which looks like it'll be OK for my teaching style and my children. Edited March 15, 2012 by Calming Tea Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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