Bears Literature & Composition

Bears Literature & Composition

Here are six pieces of writing about bears, and six different writing assignments to go with them! Themes include: a Latvian folktale, present-day information about polar bears, a hunter’s true account of Grizzly behavior, a Native American Bear legend, a children’s bear story and astronomical information about the ‘Great Bear’ of the night sky. Writing assignments vary – from writing a short children’s story to writing a poem in iambic pentameter, from inventing a legend to composing a pamphlet-style text. A drawing of a wild bear is included to be used as decoration on the student’s notebook. Literature & Composition collections are suitable for students who are ready to read and study different types of literature in small quantities. For example, instead of an entire novel or scholarly work, a small sample of each (which can stand on its own) will be presented. This way, the intermediate student has an opportunity to stretch their reading abilities without being discouraged. Each book contains six different writing samples that share a common theme. The writing assignments vary in length and are intended to inspire the student to try writing in different forms and styles.
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Drawing for Better Penmanship

Drawing for Better Penmanship

Engage the right side of your brain with simple drawing and colouring exercises, before practising your penmanship. The results may amaze you! Here are 20 pages of carefully-designed drawing and colouring exercises, each followed by a set of 5 two-letter penmanship samples. Do the drawing in the space provided, then practise your penmanship in a separate notebook. (More detailed instructions for making the most of these simple exercises are included.) All pages are in black and gray and are easily printable. Certificate of completion included! These exercises are sure to help, whether your handwriting is barely legible or you are looking to perfect your abilities!
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Canadian Winter Homeschool Materials Sampler

Canadian Winter Homeschool Materials Sampler

Hello! Please refer to this file for small samples of each of the following Canadian Winter Homeschool Materials resources, in order to learn more about the types of resources we offer. English Language: Drawing for Better Penmanship ‘A Penny A Day’ Reading Comprehension ‘Insect Languages with Doctor Dolittle’ Reading Comprehension ‘Snow Treasure’ Reading Comprehension ‘Irish Fairies’ Literature & Composition Methinks I’ll Read Shakespeare: Julius Caesar English Grammar: Adjectival, Adverbial and Noun Clauses English Grammar: Perfectly Appropriate Prepositions French Language: 48 Dictées for Beginners 30 Dictées in the Past Tense 20 Intermediate Dictées and Tests 1 Intermediate French: 10 More Unit Studies Advanced French Reading Comprehension: Arsène Lupin No. 4 Advanced French Reading, Writing and Dictées: Les Chats
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Advanced French Reading & Writing: Childéric I, Roi Des Francs (Livre Premier)

Advanced French Reading & Writing: Childéric I, Roi Des Francs (Livre Premier)

The story of the beloved Merovingian king Childéric I (440-481) was preserved by the druidic Bards of old France and is here retold in a flowing, pleasant style by Madame de Beaufort d’Hautpoul (1763-1837), a renowned woman of letters who was at the heart of Parisian literary society during the reign of Louis XVI. For educational purposes, this description of Childéric’s early years has been divided into two-page segments that are easy to read. Advanced French students are sure to enjoy this poetic and quick-paced historical tale. The language has been updated, though the original, distinctive style remains intact. Simple grammar review, translation, ‘résumé de texte’ and creative writing assignments follow each section alternately. Summary Childéric is the young and intrepid son of King Merovée and his beloved wife, Aboflède, around the year 430CE. Childéric lives happily with his loving parents and is beginning his education with druids, when he is tempted to join his father’s army in a battle against Attila the Hun. Despite being guarded by his king’s most valiant friend, Viomade, Childéric goes missing amidst the turmoil of the conflict. The faithful Viomade wishes to know what the boy’s fate truly was, and goes off with the king’s blessing in search of the young prince. Despite treachery by Draguta, a fellow follower of the king, Viomade finally finds Childéric, who has been cared for in the wilderness by an elderly Hun named Gelimer. Gelimer had lost his family and status, and was inspired to renounce his life as a warrior in order to devote his final years to raising the young boy he found on a battlefield. The old blind man loves Childéric devotedly and does not know that he is heir to a throne. After Gelimer’s death, Childéric returns to France with Viomade where a traitor is about to be crowned king. It was presumed, due to their lengthy absence, that Childéric and Viomade had been lost forever. Just in time, the young prince is reunited with his father and fulfills the hopes of all Francs as the rightful heir to the throne.
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Stories About Famous Precious Stones

Stories About Famous Precious Stones

‘Everything which was found there was either melted down or sold by order of the Commonwealth. Amongst other things thus treated was the gold filigree crown of Edward the Confessor, which was broken up and sold for its weight of bullion. Such vandalism is almost enough to make one a Jacobite . . .’ (Adela Elizabeth Orpen) Here are entertaining true stories surrounding a selection of the world’s most famous precious stones. Written in witty, charmingly opinionated style by Mrs. Goddard Orpen (1855-1927), these accounts could be read to pique a student’s curiosity about historic events and people, or, to explore interesting – and memorable – information that may not have made its way into the general history books. Precious gems and masterfully crafted jewellery have repeatedly found themselves in the hands of wealthy and powerful people, oftentimes well-known kings and queens. Each of the jewels described here has accumulated its own collection of bizarre tales of greed, treachery and power. Guided by a confident and well-informed author, the reader will contemplate how small objects of great monetary value have influenced the characters – and sometimes the course – of history. Read about as many jewels as you want to (12 different items are discussed). Make notes on an ‘Analysis Sheet’ that features a simple colour image of one of the jewels at the centre of the page; the student may jot down important facts or events about that jewel in the surrounding empty space in a ‘cloud’ of facts. Or, take your own notes in a traditional style on loose leaf. Once you have read about at least three precious stones you may also choose to write an essay – a list of possible topics is included, most of which require you to defend an opinion based on what you have learned and noted previously.
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'Jewel Mysteries' Reading, Research & Creative Writing

'Jewel Mysteries' Reading, Research & Creative Writing

‘Dark was falling from a dull and humid sky, and the lamps were beginning to struggle for brightness in Piccadilly, when the opal of Carmalovitch was first put into my hand . . .’ Written in an engaging style similar to that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author of the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries), these stories feature the entertaining experiences of a jeweller with a knack for solving mysteries, which he encounters as part of his unique position as a friend both to the wealthy and to the police. They will be of interest to readers who relish a certain Victorian type of atmosphere and plot that includes a fair amount of character study - in addition to being entertaining, they offer instructive food for thought regarding how greed and vanity affect human character. About The Book Six of the stories from the original collection are included here. They have been lightly edited (a few out-of-date terms have been replaced for clarity, such as ‘crowd’ in place of ‘crush’). Following each story are four possible assignments, which focus on descriptive writing and research. The student may complete as many of them as the teacher sees fit. The themes of the assignments are: a creative description of a place or concept; a creative character description; a long writing assignment involving retelling part or all of the story; and a research assignment related to the story (on the topics of jewellery, safes, precious stones, etc.). The student may also find themselves inspired to write their own mystery, in which case they can refer to Pemberton’s stories (or the plot summaries) for inspiration, their own completed assignments for ready character descriptions and accurate research, and the tips in the ‘Write Your Own Mystery, Tips and Worksheets’ appendix for guidelines and worksheets to help with planning and writing! Also includes a quick-reference sheet of images of precious stones, so students can keep an image in mind as they read.
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Winter Bundle

Winter Bundle

Here are four varied resources related to 'winter', suitable for students of different ages: 'Snow Treasure' Reading Comprehension sheets (questions and answers in three formats to go with the classic true story by Marie McSwigan, ages 8-10) Winter Literature & Composition (six pieces of writing and six different writing assignments to go with them, ages 11-13); Winter Reading Comprehension Collection (27 stories and poems about winter, followed by 'topics of discussion', ages 8-13); Snowflakes Mosaics Templates and Instructions (all you need to make old kleenex boxes or household cardboard into a beautiful seasonal craft, ages 7 and up).
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'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' Reading Comprehension Sheets

'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' Reading Comprehension Sheets

About The Book ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ is the creepy tale of a man whose inner battle between good and evil becomes manifest in a most dramatic and surreal manner. It is considered a classic horror story, though the descriptions of violence in it are minimal - it is primarily the tragic end and the macabre language used that place it in this category. This is a classic novella which has become so well-known that it is common to refer to a person with two dramatically differing sides to their personality as a case of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’. Contents & Instructions For the purpose of this book, the novella will be read in eight sections of similar length. The novella is not included here - simply refer to the chapter headings to know what to read before completing the assignments. Following each section are reading comprehension assignments that focus on language and style. The student is asked: • to ‘translate’ two short passages into more contemporary language, showing that they have grasped the meaning of the language and can express the same thing as the author using their own words (These passages are underlined in the main body of the text.) • to familiarise themselves with a list of several words or phrases. These should be looked up or discussed with a teacher to be sure the student fully grasps their meaning. If you wish, you may write down a short definition of each. • to explain, in one or two sentences, a short passage from the text that includes some form of figurative language • to write a substantial paragraph in which the student observes the deliberate choice of language made by the author. A specific topic is given for each section.
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'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' Reading Comprehension

'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' Reading Comprehension

About The Book ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ is the creepy tale of a man whose inner battle between good and evil becomes manifest in a most dramatic and surreal manner. It is considered a classic horror story, though the descriptions of violence in it are minimal - it is primarily the tragic end and the macabre language used that place it in this category. This is a classic novella which has become so well-known that it is common to refer to a person with two dramatically differing sides to their personality as a case of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’. Contents & Instructions Here the novella has been divided into eight sections of similar length. Following each section are reading comprehension assignments that focus on language and style. The student is asked: - to ‘translate’ two short passages into more contemporary language, showing that they have grasped the meaning of the language and can express the same thing as the author using their own words (These passages are underlined in the main body of the text.) - to familiarise themselves with a list of several words or phrases. These should be looked up or discussed with a teacher to be sure the student fully grasps their meaning. If you wish, you may write down a short definition of each. - to explain, in one or two sentences, a short passage from the text that includes some form of figurative language - to write a substantial paragraph in which the student observes the deliberate choice of language made by the author. A specific topic is given for each section.
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Essay Writing: First Collection

Essay Writing: First Collection

Here are six Essay Writing titles in one bundle. Five of the eBooks contain one or more pieces of writing and instructions and guidelines for writing an essay (including multiples possible essay topics) using the piece of writing as a starting point. These titles are on the following themes: A Winter Walk; The Site And Antiquities Of Athens; Wild Apples; Narrow Escapes; India: Timeless Topics. Also included is an additional resource called Writing Beginning and Concluding Paragraphs, which allows students to practise that skill specifically.
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Essay Writing: Second Collection

Essay Writing: Second Collection

Here are five Essay Writing titles in one bundle. Each eBook contains one or more piece of writing and instructions and guidelines for writing an essay (including multiples possible essay topics) using the piece of writing as a starting point. The titles are on the following themes: Building Iron Bridges; Short Stories/Space Travel; Survival & Rescue (true accounts); Volcanoes (Mount Vesuvius); Wit & Humour.
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Literature & Composition, First Collection

Literature & Composition, First Collection

Here are 10 'Literature & Composition' resources, each of which contains six pieces of writing and six separate writing assignments. The writing assignments (and selections) vary in length and are intended to inspire students aged 11-13 to try writing in different forms and styles. Use the reading and writing assignments to complement a unit study on a particular topic, or work through the selections as part of your language arts lessons. The themes of the titles in this bundle are: Autumn, Character Description, Irish Fairies, Chinese Dragons, Japanese Gardens, Mice, Night, The Sea, Travel, Winter.
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Literature & Composition, Second Collection

Literature & Composition, Second Collection

Here are 9 'Literature & Composition' resources, each of which contains six pieces of writing and six separate writing assignments. The writing assignments (and selections) vary in length and are intended to inspire students aged 11-13 to try writing in different forms and styles. Use the reading and writing assignments to complement a unit study on a particular topic, or work through the selections as part of your language arts lessons. The themes of the titles in this bundle are: Bears, British Royals, Flowers, Mars, Simple Things, The Moon, The Sun, Trees, Water
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Autumn Bundle

Autumn Bundle

Here are four varied resources related to 'autumn', suitable for students of different ages: 'Wild Apples Essay Writing' (includes full text by Thoreau and instructions for writing an essay, ages 12-15); Autumn Literature & Composition (six pieces of writing and six different writing assignments to go with them, ages 11-13); Autumn Reading Comprehension Collection (27 stories and poems about autumn, followed by 'topics of discussion', ages 8-13); Autumn Leaves Mosaics Templates and Instructions (all you need to make old kleenex boxes or household cardboard into a beautiful seasonal craft, ages 7 and up).
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Essay Writing: Wild Apples

Essay Writing: Wild Apples

Read and Reflect! This assignment will take at least one week to complete. The student will read a thoughtful and informative piece of writing by Henry David Thoreau on the subject of ‘Wild Apples’, in which various themes are addressed, including history, myth, literature, philosophy and first-hand observations and reflections by the author. Several topics for essays are suggested. The student will treat the Thoreau text as a source for research purposes, and write an essay to show that they have familiarized themselves with the contents of the source, and have also thought about the contents. About The Text Thoreau is known for his unique and pensive style of writing. He spent considerable time in the wilderness and shared his reflections about nature and its relationship to mankind in his works. Here Thoreau ponders upon a marvelous fruit that has been important to humans since ancient times. He organises his musings according to the following themes: the History of the Apple Tree; the Wild Apple; the Crab-Apple; How the Wild Apple Grows; The Fruit and its Flavour; Their Beauty; the Naming of Them; the Last Gleaning; the ‘Frozen-Thawed’ Apple. Younger students often delve into season-related schoolwork in autumn – here is a text that will allow older students to do the same, and perhaps encourage appreciation of our natural surroundings, a gift at any age.
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The Moon Literature & Composition

The Moon Literature & Composition

Here are six pieces of writing about ‘The Moon’, and six different writing assignments to go with them! Topics include: an ancient Japanese fairy tale (monogatari), scientific speculation regarding how the Moon formed, a renowned old epic poem about a knight who loses his wits (which are later found on the Moon), Chinese poetry about gazing at the Moon, science fiction about creatures on the Moon, and an ancient Greek dialogue about what the Earth and its human inhabitants might look like from the Moon. Writing assignments vary – from rewriting a small portion of a story, to summarizing information, to writing a dialogue in the style of ‘rhetoric’, to describing being led about by an inhabitant of the Moon. A photograph of the Moon, taken through a telescope, is included (both in colour and in black and white) to be used as decoration on the student’s notebook. Literature & Composition collections are suitable for students who are ready to read and study different types of literature in small quantities. For example, instead of an entire novel or scholarly work, a small sample of each (which can stand on its own) will be presented. This way, the intermediate student has an opportunity to stretch their reading abilities without being discouraged. Each book contains six different writing samples that share a common theme. The writing assignments vary in length and are intended to inspire the student to try writing in different forms and styles.
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Advanced French Reading & Essay Writing: Napoléon et Joséphine

Advanced French Reading & Essay Writing: Napoléon et Joséphine

Depuis le départ du premier consul pour la campagne de Marengo, où je le suivis, jusqu'au départ de Fontainebleau, où je fus obligé de quitter l'empereur, je n'ai fait que deux absences, l'une de trois fois vingt-quatre heures, l'autre de sept ou huit jours. Hors ces congés fort courts, dont le dernier m'était nécessaire pour rétablir ma santé, je n'ai pas plus quitté l'empereur que son ombre. MÉMOIRES DE CONSTANT, Introduction. About The Author Louis Constant Wairy was a personal servant of Joséphine Bonaparte, and later Napoléon Bonaparte. As Napoléon’s ‘premier valet de chambre’, he was at the emperor’s side for fifteen years. Incredibly, he wrote an account of his experiences, offering the curious reader interesting insights about the famous couple’s personalities and habits, and also relating anecdotes and offering descriptions that bring the time and places of Napoléon’s rule to life. Whether you admire the self-proclaimed emperor – or not – you are sure to find this selection of texts entertaining, for the descriptions of historical events, fashions, battles, palaces, daily life and people. Contents & Instructions Here are 27 excerpts from the diaries of Constant, suitable for advanced students who are ready to improve their French through a generous amount of reading. Each text is two to three pages long. The student should begin by reading the excerpt. Unfamiliar vocabulary should be copied into the blank list provided for each section (or a separate notebook), and translated with the help of a dictionary. If it is easier for the student to make notes in the margins of the text they may do so. Large margins have been provided for this purpose. Having read the excerpt, the student must now exercise their research and writing skills. Choose what type of essay you will write before your begin reading the excerpts (or have a teacher choose for you). Refer to the ‘Essay Writing’ section and follow the instructions to write either a snythèse de texte, commentaire de texte, or dissertation.
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Snowflakes Mosaics Templates & Instructions

Snowflakes Mosaics Templates & Instructions

Make your empty Kleenex boxes into a pretty craft! Instructions, tips, four small templates and four large templates are included here. This is a fun way to re-use thin coloured cardboard from common household packaging! Larger cardboard mosaics can be completed by younger children, and smaller ones by older children, teens or adults. Use your completed mosaic to decorate the cover of a notebook, make a card (smaller templates are located on the lower half of a page for easy folding), as a wall hanging, or give it as a gift! Cardboard Mosaics and other similar crafts (such as cut and paste puzzles) are excellent tools for developing fine motor skills. This in turn can improve a student’s performance in other areas such as playing a musical instrument, writing neatly, attention to detail, patience, and the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. Go slowly and be generous with your praise – fine work takes practise and perseverance!
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Winter Literature & Composition

Winter Literature & Composition

Here are six pieces of writing about Winter, and six different writing assignments to go with them! Topics include: a narrow escape on an icy bridge, skating alone on a winter’s night, descriptive poetry in four-beat verse, the drama of inadequate winter clothing, a place in the mountains where it is always winter, and a ridiculous winter ‘tall’ tale. Writing assignments vary – from summarizing events in the third person, to writing a poem in four-beat verse, to describing a winter rescue, to writing a deliberately absurd story involving melting snow. An image of a photograph entitled Ice One is included to be used as decoration on the student’s notebook. Literature & Composition collections are suitable for students who are ready to read and study different types of literature in small quantities. For example, instead of an entire novel or scholarly work, a small sample of each (which can stand on its own) will be presented. This way, the intermediate student has an opportunity to stretch their reading abilities without being discouraged. Each book contains six different writing samples that share a common theme. The writing assignments vary in length and are intended to inspire the student to try writing in different forms and styles.
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Winter: A Reading Comprehension Collection

Winter: A Reading Comprehension Collection

This collection contains 27 stories and poems on the theme of ‘Winter’ (including one or two selections suitable for Christmas and New Year), and a handful of ‘Winter’ colouring pages from Medieval woodcuts. Following each selection is a Topic of Discussion: a question which requires the student to think about one element of the text they just read, to form an opinion about it, and to express and defend that opinion. Younger students will benefit from the effort spent reading (either in their head or out loud) and then speaking with a parent/teacher or in a classroom setting about the Topic of Discussion, in a free style. Older students can benefit from using the Topic of Discussion as a starting point for a written assignment. I recommend that the older student state clearly what their point of view is, and defend it in one or two paragraphs. This will be good practise in defending an argument, a skill which becomes useful for essay-writing assignments in upper grades. The exercise of writing clearly and stating a coherent defense will prove a worthy challenge, even for pieces of writing which have simpler themes. Note: These selections are suitable for students in elementary or middle school, but are not presented in any specific order. Different texts may be better suited to older or younger students: a parent or teacher should always preview each individual piece of writing to make sure it is appropriate for a specific age group.
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Snow Treasure Reading Comprehension

Snow Treasure Reading Comprehension

‘Snow Treasure’ was written by Marie McSwigan and is based on true events. A Norwegian freighter arrived in America in 1940 with a cargo of gold bullion worth $9,000,000 (at the time). The story of how the gold was loaded onto the boat, with the help of local children and their sleds, is true. Only the details have been added for embellishment. This book is a part of the regular Grade 5 curriculum in many Canadian schools. It will appeal to anyone living where there is a snowy winter, and is a good introduction to the concepts and events surrounding World War II, without getting into gory detail and without any tragedy. There are three sets of pages included here. The first section contains sheets of questions (four questions per chapter) which the student may answer in a separate notebook. Simply read a chapter, out loud or to oneself, and then answer the questions. Also, for each chapter a definition of one word or term is included to help the student understand the chapter properly. The answer key allows a busy parent to check for correct information in the student’s answers without having to read the book along with them. Note that the answer key does not provide sample full sentences – just the facts. The second section contains the same questions and definitions, organized on a lined page so that the student can answer them right on the page (no need for a notebook). The same answer key applies. The third section contains lined pages for each chapter which the student may use to write a short plot summary of that chapter. The same definitions are also provided. There is no answer key for this section, as individual students will need a teacher’s input to evaluate their success. Note: The book is still protected by copyright, and must be purchased separately.
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Advanced French Reading, Dictées & Verbs

Advanced French Reading, Dictées & Verbs

Here are three resources for advanced students of the French language: Arsène Lupin Reading Comprehension (a full Maurice Leblanc story with questions and student-specific vocabulary lists); Daily Verbs Practise Sheets (47 verbs: review the présent, passé composé, passé simple, subjonctif present, impératif, conditionnel présent, imparfait, futur simple, and participe présent); and Reading, Writing & Dictées 'Les Chats' (fourteen 2-page pieces of writing each followed by questions, phrases to translate, room to write a résumé of the text, a dictée, and a student-specific vocabulary list).
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Trees Literature & Composition

Trees Literature & Composition

Here are six pieces of writing about Trees, and six different writing assignments to go with them! Topics include: two contrasting poems about well-loved trees, a description of the beauty of the fallen leaves of beech trees, a first-hand account of traipsing through a tropical forest, a portion of the oldest known poem about Robin Hood in which he happily returns to the ‘grene wode’, a comparison of Pine and Fir trees, and a renowned Japanese fairy tale about the sound of the wind in the trees. Writing assignments vary – from describing a special moment linked to a tree to contemplating the beauty of trees’ levas in a descriptive paragraph, to writing in Middle English (or translating a bit of Middle English into today’s English) to writing a short story that includes a character who uses some part of a tree for clothing. An image of two Pine Trees (Anonymous) is included to be used as decoration on the student’s notebook. Literature & Composition collections are suitable for students who are ready to read and study different types of literature in small quantities. For example, instead of an entire novel or scholarly work, a small sample of each (which can stand on its own) will be presented. This way, the intermediate student has an opportunity to stretch their reading abilities without being discouraged. Each book contains six different writing samples that share a common theme. The writing assignments vary in length and are intended to inspire the student to try writing in different forms and styles.
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Water Literature & Composition

Water Literature & Composition

Here are six pieces of writing about Water, and six different writing assignments to go with them! Topics include: a rich description of ocean water, a Robert Frost poem about fetching water from a brook, a sudden river flood in the mountains, a philosophical comparison of someone’s personality to water, a first-hand account of remarkable bodies of water near ancient Rome, and a 19th century traveler’s diary entry about the value of water in the desert. Writing assignments vary – from writing a description of different bodies of water, to summarizing information in a letter, to using water for comparison to describing a powerful and frightening phenomenon involving water. An image of ‘Minnehaha Falls’ by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) is included to be used as decoration on the student’s notebook. Literature & Composition collections are suitable for students who are ready to read and study different types of literature in small quantities. For example, instead of an entire novel or scholarly work, a small sample of each (which can stand on its own) will be presented. This way, the intermediate student has an opportunity to stretch their reading abilities without being discouraged. Each book contains six different writing samples that share a common theme. The writing assignments vary in length and are intended to inspire the student to try writing in different forms and styles.
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