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  1. You are looking for an organized writing program that is easy to teach.
  2. You want one writing program you can use with all of your children at the same time.
  3. You're looking for clear, step-by-step lesson plans that help everyone from reluctant writers to those who love to write.
  4. You want curriculum that builds your confidence as a teacher as well as the skills of your students.
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What makes this program any different than the others out there like the ********, ********, or the ******** programs?  I am a home school teacher with two boys, both are reluctant writers.  Why should I try your program.


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A few years ago I had a booth at a homeschool convention in St. Louis.  I was selling my writing curriculum and conducting workshops. As homeschool parents walked past my booth, I’d call out, “How’s your writing program working for you?” The vast majority of the people were not happy with their curriculum. More surprisingly, many parents confessed that they barely taught writing at all. One parent said, “Oh, they’ll figure it out.”

4 Problems for Home School Teachers
After probing a little regarding the lack of attention they were devoting to writing instruction, several common issues became clear:

First, these parents hated teaching writing. They didn’t feel confident themselves as writers and were even less confident as instructors.

Second, they were confused by different curricula's varying approaches to teaching writing.  Even if they were able to figure out the lessons, neither the teachers nor the students were sure how most of the lessons fit into the big picture of writing.  Many lessons were ignored or quickly forgotten.

A third issue was that their students hated to write as much as they hated to teach it. Starting each assignment was a chore, working through the writing process was torture, and creating a finished project was nearly impossible.

Finally, the most frustrating issue of all was that most of these home school teachers were responsible for simultaneously teaching several students at various educational levels. Keeping track of writing lessons for several students at a time was too overwhelming. The result of these issues was that writing was barely given any attention at all.

The Promise
I invited these parents to come to my one-hour workshop, and I made them this promise:

“Give me one hour, and I’ll show you how to make strong, confident writers with just a few simple tricks. You’ll know exactly where to begin your students' writing instruction and how to get them to become college-level writers within a few short years. Furthermore, I may not be able to help you make your students love to write, but I will be able to show you how to make it as painless an experience as possible.”

At the end of the hour, every parent in the room was at my booth ordering the curriculum. Many of these parents had already spent hundreds (and some spent thousands) of dollars on curriculum. They were pleased to finally have a writing curriculum that would enable them to do the following:
  1. Teach to all their students simultaneously at various levels
  2. Teach in an organized step-by-step manner
  3. Teach all the major writing concepts every student requires to attain college-level writing skills.
The bottom line is that writing instruction does not need to be difficult. Some students may have a more natural ability than others, but everyone has the ability to master the basic structure. Furthermore, the curriculum at shows parents how to teach these basics in a way that allows the students with natural talent to go as far as their abilities will take them.

What should I teach and when?
My experience with the home school teachers in my community and at the home school conventions helped me realize that there is still one common issue with writing instruction that needed to be addressed. Even when the right curriculum is found, many home school teachers still struggle with the order and timing of the lessons. This is completely understandable considering the numerous aspects of writing and the variety of ability levels of students.

Beginning to End
The Home School Teacher’s Writing Action Plan

Below is your complete writing plan from grades 3 through 12. If you are not confident as a writing teacher, this is all you will need. You have your step-by-step plan for your students entire academic lives. If you are a confident writing teacher, this program will provide the framework for exceptional writing. By using this program, you will know where all your other great writing lessons fit into writing’s big picture. 

The best part is that you can use this program with all your students, and you can get a lifetime of curriculum from between $16 to $100. Considering how unbelievably inexpensive this program is, all we ask is that you share this website with your home school friends.

I wish you all the best as you journey through your home school adventure.

The five books below are meant to work together as one program.  The first book is the user's manual for a program that will help your students master all the basic skills of writing in just a few years.  You may purchase each individually or select a "Bundles" option at the bottom of the page. 

Watch our 53 minute video "From the Paragraph to the Essay" to see a demonstration for teaching the program.  As you teach the lessons from the program, come back to the video for reviews and confidence building.  You WILL be a great writing teacher!  That's my One Hour Promise.

The Home School
Writing Action Plan

The Home School Writing Action Plan

This is your writing manual.  This book spells out your entire writing program from grades 3 through 12.  Begin the program at any time between these grades, and you will have outstanding writers in just a few years.

Confident writing teachers who want a clearly organized plan will benefit by having a system that shows how all the pieces of writing fit together. 

Teachers who lack the confidence teaching writing will benefit as this book spells out exactly what to teach and when to teach it.  This book will point you to the best curriculum for each step of writing and give you a pacing chart that will produce excellent writers prepared for college and life.

All teachers who use our curriculum will benefit as we created a program that begins with one easy “trick” and builds from there.  Our entire program is easy to learn and easy to teach.

Cost: $19.95  (This book, and all the others, are sold separately.  However, we recommend you buy and use it as your complete system for writing.)

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How To Teach the Paragraph

How to Teach the Paragraph

Writing instruction does NOT need to be difficult. If your student can write a paragraph, your student can write anything from an essay, to a research report, to an in-depth story.

It all starts with one simple trick. Teach this trick in minutes, have your child practice it several times, and your child will have a solid grasp of how to write paragraphs. Use this trick to write stories, summarize stories, write reports, and more.  No assignment is too difficult. 

You’ll be amazed at how quickly even reluctant learners can grasp this concept.  Recommended Grade: Grades 3 and Up.

Cost: $7.99 (Free with the purchase of How to Teach the Five Paragraph Essay or The Complete Writing Program)

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How To Teach
the Five-Paragraph Essay

How to Teach the Five-Paragraph Essay

Begin with the paragraph.  Use the one simple trick learned to write the paragraph, and expand it into strong, well organized essays. Go beyond the essay to write in multiple genres such as cause and effect, persuasive, and narrative essays.  

This simple, step-by-step program will guide you from day 1 as you create outstanding writers.  Your students will write strong introductions with clear thesis statements. They will have a well developed body, and an outstanding conclusion.  
Again, you’ll be amazed at how easy this program is to teach. Recommended Grade: Grades 4 and up.

Cost: $17.95 eBook (Free with the purchase of The Complete Writing Program)  /    $22.95 Soft Cover

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The Complete Writing Program

The Complete Writing Program

The Home School Writing Action Plan will direct you to The Complete Writing Program after teaching the paragraph and, again, after teaching the five paragraph essay.

Take your students’ writing to a whole new level. Teach your students the five aspects of great writing.  As your students mature and grow, continue to improve their skills in the five areas of great writing.

This program features an assessment piece that shows you and your students how to break down writing and critique it for the five aspects of great writing. As they do this, they learn to improve their writing in the process.

The Complete Writing Program comes with full lesson plans for writing assessment, essay writing, building intelligent and descriptive sentences, vocabulary development, and much more.

Recommended Grade: Grades 3 and up.

Cost: $59.00 eBook Currently on Sale for $54.00

Cost: $64.00 Soft Cover Currently on Sale for $59.00

(eBook and Soft Cover include the free eBooks How to Teach the Paragraph and How to Teach the Five Paragraph Essay. The links ship with the order.)

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Writing Tricks

Writing Tricks Plus

Take sentence writing to a whole new level. Expanding on Chapter 5 from The Complete Writing Program, this book adds journal assignments, new writing tricks, assessments and projects to help make your students’ sentences highly intelligent. When combined with The Complete Writing Program, your students will be able to write incredibly well organized essays that contain extremely intelligent sentences.

Again, the Home School Writing Action Plan will direct you to this resource when the time is right.  This step-by-step plan will have your students writing intelligent sentences in no time.

Cost: $17.95

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How to Teach the Research Report

How to Teach the Research Report

The goal of this book is to take as much of the pain out of completing a research report as possible, both for the student and the teacher.

Start simple. Teach the entire writing process within a series of one-paragraph research reports. Guide the students, step-by-step, until the process is mastered. In less than two weeks, the students will be ready to transition to much longer reports. This time, they will be confident in their abilities to complete the project. Also, the teacher will feel better, knowing that her class has been well prepared to complete the task.

Cost: $22.95

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Bundle Options:
    The Home School Bundle
    :   Home School Writing Action Plan with The Complete Writing Program, How To Teach the Paragraph, How To Teach the Five Paragraph Essay, How to Teach the Research Report, and Writing Tricks Plus. Available in eBook or Soft Cover Editions.          Cost: eBooks - $109.95   ($138 Value)  /   Soft Cover - $124.95 ($151 Value)
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    The Home School Super Bundle
    :  Include any one edition of Standards Based Grammar to The Home School Bundle.                       Cost: eBook - $127.95  ($176 Value)   /                                             Soft Cover - $154.95  (Value of $198)
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Take your writing instruction to an entirely new level by using Standards Based Grammar as your daily grammar program. This program is so affordable that you can also use it to supplement weak points within your students’ writing. Either way, you will have a powerful grammar program to go with a powerful writing program.

Special Features:
  1. Each new grammar standard has the lesson displayed on the first page.  All the teacher needs to do is review the skill and teach it.  The students then have it as a resource to use as they work through the standard.
  2. Journal Extensions:  Students are required to demonstrate understanding of each standard by using it within the context of writing.  Topics are listed at the bottom of the page saving the teacher the trouble of creating journal topics on their own.
  3. Teacher’s Mastery Checklist:  All the standards for each grade level are listed on a single page.  After each assessment, check off the standards that are mastered.  When finished with each grade level, return to the standards that are giving your students problems.  This gives your student the highest possible opportunity to master each standard.

The Most Frequently Asked Question:
Should I use the specific grade level for my students, or can I just use The Home School Edition?  What is the difference?

As you may notice below, there is a specific edition for grades 3 through 8.  Also, there is a Home School Edition.  Which one is right for you?

Here is my recommendation.

Choose the individual grade level books if:
  1. Your student is at grade 6 or lower.
  2. Your student is struggling with many grammar standards.

Choose the Home School Edition if:
  1. Your child is in middle school or older.
  2. Your child is in fifth or sixth grade and mastering grammar standards quickly.
Why these recommendations:
The Home School Edition is the same book as the Grades 7-8 Edition. The goal of these books is to teach the few remaining standards meant for middle school students as well as identify the standards from elementary school that the students have failed to master.    

The Home School Edition covers all the standards for grades 3 though 8, but it moves at a faster pace. An advanced third grader may be able to grasp the third grade standards from the book, but most third grade students would benefit from the Grade 3 Edition

Teachers of middle school students have the luxury of older students who are capable of higher level thinking and the ability to understand at a deeper level. Therefore, the teacher can give the assessments, identify the students’ weak areas and target these areas with the Home School Edition.

Standards Based Grammar
Grade 3 Edition

Standards Based Grammar
Grade 3 Edition

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Standards Based Grammar
Grade 4 Edition

Standards Based Grammar
Grade 4 Edition

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Standards Based Grammar
Grade 5 Edition

Standards Based Grammar
Grade 5 Edition

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Standards Based Grammar
Grade 6 Edition

Standards Based Grammar
Grade 6 Edition

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Standards Based Grammar
Grades 7-8 Edition and Home School Edition

Standards Based Grammar
Grades 7-8 Edition and Home School Edition

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