Essentials in Writing Level 5 Second Edition
EIW Level 5 is a homeschool writing curriculum that features a slow, systematic approach for students aged 10-11 who want to learn how to write well. The step-by-step approach allows students to focus on small, daily assignments, so they don’t feel overwhelmed.
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 level 5 homeschool writing curriculum that features a slow, systematic approach for students to learn how to identify parts of speech; apply parts of speech; apply sentence structure; effective writing skills; expository, descriptive, persuasive, and compare/contrast writing; paragraph, narrative, personal letter, essay, and research project.
Unit One: Grammar
Identify and apply:
- Subjects/Predicates (complete, simple, and compound)
- Nouns (common, proper, singular, plural, and possessive)
- Pronouns and Antecedents
- Verbs (action, linking, and helping)
- Adverbs (modify verb and adjective)
- Prepositional Phrases
Identify and apply activities for common problems:
- Subject/verb agreement
- Don’t and doesn’t problem
- Writing titles
Tools for Effective Communication : Apply Parts of Speech
- Adjectives in action
- Action verbs in action
- Adverbs in action
- Prepositional phrases in action
- Vivid language
Apply Sentence Structure:
- Types of sentences
- Independent and dependent clauses
- Simple and compound sentences
- Complex sentence
- Incomplete thoughts
- Run-on sentence
Apply Figurative Language:
Unit Two: Composition
Follow the writing process for:
- Paragraphs (descriptive, expository and persuasive)
- Writing a summary
- Compare and contrast writing
- Personal narrative
- Expository personal letter
- Persuasive essay
- Research project
Additional Composition Skills
- Audience and purpose
- Effective use of graphic organizers
- How to choose an appropriate writing form
- Informal and formal writing
- Effective writing skills (strong details, transitions, beginning/middle/end concept, logical sequence of events, variety of sentence structure, effective use of dialogue, and effective use of figurative language including onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, and personification)
- Using a thesaurus for word choice
- Strong details and examples
Sample Lesson Video – Level 5
Level 5 – Sample PDFs
- LEVEL 5 SECOND EDITION TEXTBOOK SAMPLE
- LEVEL 5 ASSESSMENT/RESOURCE SAMPLE
- LEVEL 5 34-WEEK PLAN
- Alternative Instructional Strategies – PDF
Frequently Asked Questions About Level 5 Writing Curriculum
How old are 5th level students?
The general age for students completing Level 5 is 10 or 11 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 spelling, grammar, sentences, composition, and the skills taught in Level 4 before beginning.
What are the 5th level writing standards?
Level 5 writing standards will prepare students for Level 6 and then middle school level writing. Level 5 ensures that the foundational skills are solid while exposing students to new writing types used for different situations. As the writing lessons become more focused on style, audience, and narrative, students must have grammatical skills to back up the new styles. By combining a grammatical unit with a second unit focused on stylistic differences, Level 5 ensures no aspect of effective communication in written language is forgotten before the student moves on.
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:
* 19 grammar assessments consisting of fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice activities associated with both sentences and larger compositions
* 6 composition assessments
* 2 comprehensive unit assessments
The Resource book includes:
* Parent/student word lists for composition
* Multiple graphic organizers
What if I have multiple students?
Additional 5th 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 focuses on many of the skills learned in Level 4 and solidifies them, so students needn’t hesitate to flex their new vocabulary skills. By refining these skills, students can feel more free to explore these grammatical rules and develop their own personal style. Students must learn the rules before they can break them, and going over grammatical essentials gives students a foundation they can continue to build on. While sometimes focusing on identifying parts of speech, much of Unit One is dedicated to helping students understand the parts of speech that are considered tools for effective communication with independent and isolated practice.
Unit Two continues to explore different writing styles. Descriptive, expository, and persuasive paragraphs will help students craft longer pieces that become full essays, articles, and letters. Personal narratives, compare and contrast writing, and research projects are some of the activities that will help students build writing prowess as they approach the transition to middle school writing.
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 5th 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 15-25 minutes on writing.
Does the Workbook include a daily/weekly lesson planner?
Essentials in Writing Level 5 includes a 34-week suggested, yet optional, lesson planner geared for upper 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)
19 grammar assessments in a variety of formats (fill in the blank and multiple choice associated with both sentences and larger compositions), six composition assessments, and two comprehensive unit tests
Parent/student word lists for composition and multiple graphic organizers
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 $25.00 plus shipping (This includes access to online streaming as well)
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