Both of my kids fall into the 4th-8th grade age bracket. After looking over the material, I determined that this product would be better suited for my 5th grade student as my 7th grader is a bit advanced. One of the biggest pluses for my daughter is that the lessons aren't agonizingly long in instruction or in actual writing. That does not mean it's not thorough, but it gives the student the opportunity to build on previous lessons to critique, tweak and modify as she goes.
Writers in Residence is meant to be a self lead course. Truthfully, sometimes this doesn't work well with this particular child as she tends to just charge ahead without necessarily knowing where she's headed. Thankfully, the front of the student workbook has a daily schedule listed that gives very clear and understandable directions, and has a lovely little check box to help keep track. It's a simple thing, but this kid loves checking things off her list.
I especially like how grammar it worked into the writing lessons. The parts of speech are covered, with catch phrases highlighted, followed by the definition and examples. Comparison charts show the difference between items such as weak verbs vs. strong verbs. Review questions are worked into the text, but again it's not an overkill amount. There's also a lovely "Apprentice Log" in the back of the back of the book that gives students a place to keep track of points earned on module checklists, rubrics, unit reviews and follow up reports. Once a student earns 85% (clearly marked in the log) the student can log onto the website to receive an award of distinction.
This completed language arts and writing curriculum can be purchased from Apologia for $89 (includes text and answer key).
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