Level 8

Writing sentences, additional grammar, mechanics, business letter, paragraphs, writing process for narrative/descriptive/expository/persuasive writing, using effective writing techniques, multi-paragraph compositions, informational report, using figurative language, and other topics.

Essentials in Writing Level 2 Combo

Essentials in Writing Level 8

(DVDs + Textbook/Workbook)

Included:  Includes everything you need for Level 8 Writing: DVDs with lesson-by-lesson video instruction and instructional manual/student workbook.

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Essentials in Writing Level 2 Combo

Essentials in Writing Additional Student Level 8 Workbook
Included: This is an instructional manual/student workbook for an ADDITIONAL student using the same level of DVDs. Please note that this workbook is not functional without the related DVD.


  • Review Sentences, Sentence Structure (Compound and Complex Sentences), Address Sentence Errors (Fragment and Run On); and Dependent and Independent Clauses
  • Grammar (SUPPLEMENTAL):  Subject/Predicate (Complete, Simple and Compound Subjects/Predicates), Nouns, Proper Nouns, Action Verbs, Adjectives, Pronouns, Linking Verbs, Possessive Nouns, Subject/Verb Agreement, Adverbs, Prepositional Phrases Appositives, Proper Adjectives – NOTE: Grammar Review is Supplemental and Includes Video Component Only
  • Mechanics of Dialogue and Purposeful Dialogue
  • Parts of a Paragraph and Writing a Paragraph
  • How to Choose an Appropriate Writing Form
  • Writing a Business Letter (Includes Format and Composition)
  • The Writing Process: Prewrite, Draft, Revise, Edit and Publish
  • Use the Writing Process to Compose Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, Persuasive Writing in Formal Formats Including Paragraph, Essay and Business Letter; and Informal Format such as  a Friendly Letter
  • Research Project/Paper
  • Effective Writing Skills: Strong Details, Transitions, Beginning/Middle/End Concept, Logical Sequence of Events, Variety of Sentence Structure, Use of Figurative Language Including Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole, Imagery, and Vivid Language
  • Revision:  Word Choice (Use of a Thesaurus), Using Strong Details, a Variety of Sentence Structure in Writing, Figurative Language when Appropriate, and Adding Dialogue when Appropriate

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What is Essentials in Literature?

Essentials in Literature is a DVD based literary analysis curriculum that features a student textbook/workbook and DVD. Literary analysis is divided into four units:

  1. Fiction (short stories)
  2. Nonfiction (or Drama depending on level)
  3. Novel
  4. Poetry and Figurative Language

Units include literary analysis activities, independent practice, culminating activities, and summative assessments.

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