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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Homeschool Review - Handbook for Writers High School to College Everyday Education LLC

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Learning to write a well-written essay or research paper is a very important skill, not only to get through school, to write persuasive essays for scholarship purposes, but also to gain excellent communication skills for everyday life, so I was thrilled to get a chance to review the Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers (High School into College) from Everyday Education, LLC.

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What is the Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers High School into College from Everyday Education, LLC?



I received a 420-page PDF version of this handbook. The book is based on two reference books written by Canadian college professor, Ian Johnston, that focused on essays and arguments as well as the elements of usage and style. The Handbook for Writers was edited by Janice Campbell based upon these books, edited to use American spelling and word usage instead of the Canadian version, and designed to be a reference guide for high school and college level students wanting to improve their writing skills and have a source of reference for other issues of grammar and writing. 

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The authors are Ian Johnston, who is a retired instructor and current Research Associate at Vancouver Island University, and Janice Campbell who is the Director of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, is a writer and a graduated homeschool mom. She wrote Excellence in Literature curriculum for Grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, Get a Jump Start on College, and Evaluate Writing the Easy Way. She also blogs about education.

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After a short introduction, the book begins with sections that cover:
  • Arguments
  • Defining Key Terms
  • Deduction and Induction
  • Organizing
  • Paragraph Structure
  • Writing Arguments About Literary Works
  • Outlines
  • Critical Approaches to Shakespeare
  • Phrases, Clauses, Sentences
  • Words
  • Basic Punctuation
  • Pronouns
  • Parallelism or Parallel Structure
  • Modifiers, Gerunds, Infinitives
  • Clarity Logic, and Structure
  • References and Bibliographies
  • Basic Format for Essays and Research Papers
Also included is a Keyhole Essay Graphic, The Six Sections of an Approach Paper, Things a Paragraph Can Do, and a Rubric for Writing Evaluation. Each section is quite detailed. To get a full pictures of what this book has to offer, take a look at a just a few of the pages in the 22-page Table of Contents:




 






How Did We Use It?

I presented it to my 9th Grade daughter. As I began to look through it, I realized that it would make a fantastic supplement to use with her existing writing curriculum. However, I was probably most excited about using it as a reference guide since I write online for a living and am always hungry for excellent reference guides. The guide is filled with exercises and information in more than 400 pages, so we did not complete the entire book during the review period, but I did look over the sections we did not complete to get an idea of what the book had to offer.

What Did We Think?

I really like the solid resource-rich information followed by exercises that reinforced what was learned. The book is packed, and I mean packed, with information. One of my favorite parts is the rubric on evaluating writing at the end of the book. It makes an excellent supplement to a writing or literature program, or it could be used as the core curriculum.

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