Essentials in Writing Level 2 Second Edition
EIW Level 2 homeschool curriculum helps your second grader to advance their writing skills. Our step-by-step approach uses small, daily assignments that encourage students and don’t leave them feeling overwhelmed. This writing program will prepare them for level 3 as they continue to improve their writing skills.
Includes access to ONLINE Student Textbook/Workbook and Teacher Handbook
Includes lesson-by-lesson online video instruction for students
Includes 12-month online video lesson access with FREE renewals
Includes 100% free customer service and teacher support
Includes Alternative Instructional Strategies for Struggling Students
Assessment/Resource Book providing quizzes and comprehensive unit tests available for add-on
NOTE: A physical copy of the Student Textbook/Workbook and Teacher Handbook will only be shipped if selected below.
Our step-by-step approach uses small, daily assignments that encourage students and don’t leave them feeling overwhelmed. This writing program will prepare them for Level 3 as they continue to improve their writing skills.
Unit One: Grammar
Identify and apply activities for writing sentences:
- Spacing, capitalization, and punctuation of sentences
– period, question mark, and exclamation mark
- Complete sentences
– subjects and predicates
Identify and apply activities for parts of speech:
- Common nouns
- Proper nouns
- Singular and plural nouns
- Action verbs
- Linking verbs
- Present/past tense verbs
Tools for Effective Communication : Apply Parts of Speech
- Adjectives in action
- Action verbs in action
Apply Sentence Structure:
- Types of sentences
– declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative
- Writing items in a series
Unit Two: Composition
- Personal letter
- Personal Narratives
- Imaginative Narratives
Additional Composition Skills
- Parts of a paragraph
- Staying on topic
- Expository writing
- Parts of a personal letter
- Writing the date
- Chronological order
- Parts of a personal and an imaginative narrative
Sample Lesson Video – Level 2
Level 2 – Sample PDFs
- LEVEL 2 SECOND EDITION TEXTBOOK SAMPLE
- LEVEL 2 ASSESSMENT/RESOURCE SAMPLE
- LEVEL 2 34-WEEK PLAN
- Alternative Instructional Strategies – PDF
Frequently Asked Questions About Level 2 Writing Curriculum
How old are 2nd level students?
The general age for students completing Level 2 is 7 or 8 years old. The age can vary depending on if a child has started school early, on time, or is repeating a grade. The age of the student does not delegate if a child can complete this writing course. Instead, we recommend that students have a basic understanding of phonetic spelling, letter formation, and the skills taught in Level 1 before beginning.
What are the 2nd level writing standards?
The Level 2 course focuses on grammar and composition to create the building blocks of writing. For a student to succeed in Level 2, they should have a firm grasp on the skills taught in Level 1 like simple spelling, word identification, and a basic understanding of composition.
What is included in the Workbook and Assessment?
Do note that the Workbook and the Assessment/Resource Booklet are compatible only with the second edition Essentials in Writing curriculum. To further learning, the additional tools in the Assessment/Resource Book are designed to provide students with the opportunity to show what information they are retaining. Although some parents/teachers use the assessments as actual evaluations, others use them as extra practice. The additional word lists are valuable in improving student vocabulary.
The Workbook includes:
* Lesson content that accompanies the video lesson
* Lesson activities that accompany the video lesson
* Writing graphic organizers that accompany the video lesson
* Separate parent/teacher handbook
* How to use the program
* Sample lesson planning
* Writing icon descriptions
* Sample answers for each lesson
The Assessment book includes:
* 14 grammar assessments
* 5 composition assessments
* 2 comprehensive unit assessments
The Resource book includes:
* A personal spelling dictionary with common hard-to-spell words and space to add more words
* Multiple graphic organizers
* Composition checklists
What if I have multiple students?
Additional 2nd level writing workbooks can be purchased to provide a workbook for another child/student. The workbook does not have additional information and is just another core workbook for another student so that each student has their own workbook to use.
How are tests and assignments graded?
An answer key is presented in the back of the included parent/teacher handbook. For compositions, sample answers for each step of the writing process and a final sample composition are presented to parents/teachers for comparison purposes. Checklists are included to be sure that the student met the composition requirements. Parents/teachers use the checklists and sample compositions to “grade” their student’s work.
What is included in Unit One and Two?
Unit One covers basic grammar lessons with activities where students learn punctuation, what makes a complete sentence, and how to identify essential parts of speech. Students will learn different verbs, nouns, and tenses as well as sentence structure and how to create different types of sentences with varying tools of communication.
Unit Two has students write paragraphs, personal letters, personal narratives, and imaginative narratives to expand their composition skills. Compositional lessons will cover parts of a paragraph, staying on topic, writing the date and in chronological order, and the characteristics of different writing types.
Does each unit come with worksheets and tests?
The topics covered in each unit will also be covered in the accompanying worksheets and assessments.
How much time will students need to complete this course?
The time needed to complete the 2nd level writing curriculum is a typical academic year (34 weeks). If students follow the 34-week plan included, they will complete individual lessons and activities during the week; however, because the lessons are broken up into small, daily mini-lessons, students can double up on some lessons and activities and complete the entire course sooner. Each day, students will spend 10-15 minutes on writing.
Does the Workbook include a daily/weekly lesson planner?
Essentials in Writing Level 2 includes a 34-week suggested, yet optional, lesson planner geared for elementary level learning.
Is online help available for additional Workbook questions?
Essentials in Writing offers 100% free curriculum support through texting, Facebook Messenger, online chat, email, and phone calls.
The Difference Between Digital and Print Textbook/Workbook
The online version of the curriculum includes all of the required materials for completing a level of Essentials in Writing or Essentials in Literature, but in a digital format. With the online version, all of your materials are in one spot within the member’s dashboard for you to view and print!
The required online materials include:
- Student Workbook/Textbook
- Lesson Videos
- Teacher Handbook (EIW Levels 1-8 and EIL 7-9)
For EIW Levels 1-8, you can get a digital Assessment/Resource Booklet as well!
How does this compare to the print version? The print version of the curriculum includes all the online access to the digital materials AND the printed, physical, tangible version of the textbooks. The printed books are great for students who prefer to complete their assignments directly within an organized, bound book.
It simply comes down to personal preference. Now, families have the added convenience of being able to access their materials in different formats.
Additional Student Level Textbook/Workbook
Additional Workbook is compatible only with second edition Essentials in Writing video instruction. This is only a Student Workbook for an ADDITIONAL student using the same level of video instruction. Please note that the Workbook is not functional without the related video instruction.
(Assessment/Resource Booklet is compatible only with second edition Essentials in Writing curriculum)
14 grammar assessments, 5 composition assessments, and 2 comprehensive unit assessments.
A personal spelling dictionary with common hard-to-spell words and space to add more words, multiple graphic organizers, and composition checklists
Essentials in Writing comes with Online Streaming Video Instruction
- ONLINE STREAMING
12 month access to ONLINE lesson-by-lesson video instruction (Free renewals upon request)
DVD video lessons can be added for $20.00 plus shipping (This includes access to online streaming as well)
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