by Susan Wise Bauer
Used along with the core text, Writing With Ease, Workbook 1 provides every copywork lesson, dictation assignment, and reading passage you will need to direct your child in a full year of study. Using passages and sentences from classic children's literature, Workbook 1 allows young writers to practice their skills while absorbing the style and grace of great authors.
The Workbooks provide all the needed teacher preparation for each level making the program very user-friendly. The first half of each book (153 pgs in Level 1; 185 pgs in Level 2) is the teacher’s portion. This comes close to being scripted with all lessons carefully detailed. Copywork and narration excerpts for each lesson are included with background information provided and comprehension questions (with possible answers) that lead the child comfortably into narration. The last half of the books (144 pgs in Level 1; 177 pgs in Level 2) are student pages. It’s suggested that these be removed and given to the student but they are reproducible for family use. Grade-appropriate writing space is provided along with copywork models. Occasionally, pen-and-ink illustrations brighten the pages.