Writing Strands: Level 5— This group of exercises in the series called Writing Strands is designed to give home-schooled students a grounding in the very complicated process of giving others their thoughts in written form. This level is designed for any student who has completed the exercises in Writing Strands 4 or students who, first starting this program, are 15 or 16 years old.
Writing Strands: Level 6— This group of exercises is designed to help students (usually advanced high school students who haven’t used Writing Strands, or any student who has finished Writing Strands 5) learn the very complicated process of giving others their thoughts in written form.
Writing Strands: Level 7— This group of exercises is designed for any students who have completed Writing Strands 6 or for seniors in high school if they are new to Writing Strands. These exercises will walk you through the complicated process of organizing and communicating your thoughts in advanced forms.
Reading Strands— The important thing to keep in mind, as you read through this small book, is that reading should be fun. If the young reader does not enjoy reading, it may be because reading is seen as work. The reader is either above or below the level of the material, or the material has not been selected with the reader's interests in mind. If your student does not like to read, change the program. Forcing a child who does not like to read the material may make that child hate the material. Change the material not the child. The point of this type of reading is the enjoyment of it, not the information it contains.
Evaluating Writing— An important thing to keep in mind is that children want to learn and want to please their parents. As a teacher, what a great position you're in. Find something absolutely wonderful about what has been written and ask your child to read that aloud. Then ask your child to read it to you. Then ask your husband or wife to read it. And then ask your child to read it to you both because you both think it's so beautiful. Now your child will feel good about what's been written. At this point, rather than point out all the things that are wrong with the paper, you can show one or two ways to make it even better. Say that the writing is almost perfect, and to make it perfect, you have one rule that you'd like to explain. Read that one rule and explain how it works. Help your child apply that rule to the writing. This will demonstrate what that application has done to that almost perfect sentence. Now, read it again and call it perfect! Your children will break their hearts trying to write perfect sentences for you.
Communications and Interpersonal Relationships— This book gives students skill in dealing with others in non-formal situations. It has exercises which teach students skills in both verbal and non-verbal communication
Writing Exposition— It presents very challenging exercises in the type of essay work universities require. It contains papers written by very bright high school seniors, so that users have a basis of comparison. It also prepares students for the essay section of the SAT, college applications and freshman orientation essays.
Creating Fiction— It presents 17 elements of short story writing with detailed and explicit explanations and directions. It also has these exercises written by high school students. It shows students how to write short stories and how to submit them to publishers. These are very sophisticated exercises and should be attempted only by serious young writers. Each of the exercises in this level has, in the index, a student's paper based on it just as it was handed in to the teacher. There is an 18th exercise that asks students to use the 17 skills in the writing of a short story.