Saxon Writing and Grammar Grade 6 Bundle, 2nd Edition
Embedded in the examples and exercises is Core Knowledge® content from other subject areas, so that students learn valuable facts while developing their English language skills. Each grade level of the grammar textbook contains age-appropriate references to art, music, literature, poetry, science, history, and geography.
In addition to the Core Knowledge® content from multiple subject areas, some of the books also have a special emphasis. For example, the fourth grade book focuses on animals and insects; the fifth grade book concentrates on the unique characteristics of the fifty states of the United States; the sixth grade book mentions a wide variety of Core Knowledge® facts that every American should know; the seventh grade book contains many literary terms in addition to Greek and Latin roots; and the eighth grade book highlights U.S. history and the U.S. Constitution.
Topics covered in this Grade 6 curriculum include: types of sentences, capitalization, prepositions, diagramming, conjunctions, pronouns, adjectives, irregular verbs, antecedents, interjections, subject-verb agreement, and more.
This kit includes a Student Textbook with approximately 107 lessons, a Student Workbook, and a Teacher's Guide that includes answer keys and tests. The program consists of daily lessons, review sets, and tests that are sequenced to build skills and concepts. The Student Text is written directly to the student and provides instruction on key grammar and usage concepts with bolded words and examples; writing exercises are given daily. The workbook provides additional practice opportunities and opportunities for assessment. The Teacher's Guide includes answers and test blackline masters, as well as a class schedule.
The Teacher's Guide includes a short message to the teacher, schedule, a complete set of answer keys (for the textbook practice and review sets, writing lessons, tests, and more practice worksheets), and test masters. Tests and writing lessons are designed to be administered every 5 lessons (after the first 10). Teacher book is softcover.
This 2nd Edition has been revised and updated, and now meets Common Core Standards for Language and Writing.
This Saxon Grammar and Writing Grade 6, 2nd Edition kit includes:
- 1 Teacher Guide, 234 pages, softcover, 2nd Edition.
- 1 Student Text, 601 pages, 107 lessons indexed, softcover, 2nd Edition.
- 1 Student Workbook, 158 pages, softcover, 2nd Edition.
|Title: Saxon Grammar & Writing Grade 6 Kit, 2nd Edition
Vendor: Saxon Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Questions on Our Methodology:
Why does the program emphasize grammar?
American education has gone through a phase during which it was assumed that children learned to read and write naturally, just as they learned how to talk. During this period, phonics nearly disappeared, writing was free-form, and grammar was given very little attention. It is now clear that reading and writing need to be taught and that students need to study and practice the conventions of English grammar. Students become better writers and speakers when they have a grasp of the mechanics of the English language. Students also find that a solid grounding in English grammar is a great benefit when learning another language.
What makes the program so effective?
The Grammar and Writing series is designed to make language arts easier to learn and harder to forget. Two unique features distinguish the series from other books: incremental development and continual review.
- Incremental development means that lessons on a topic are spaced over time, giving students the opportunity to master one step of instruction before attempting the next step.
- Continual review means that students practice everything they have been taught throughout the year. Every day is a review day that strengthens and reinforces their grammar and writing skills.
These proven techniques give students time to grasp a concept deeply and to move the learning from short-term to long-term memory. Further, students begin recognizing the interconnectedness of concepts instead of viewing skills in isolation.
Why does the table of contents look disorganized?
Grammar and Writing is not disorganized, it is differently-organized. Most textbooks are organized for easy reference by grouping lessons on topics such as punctuation, capitalization, and parts of speech, into chapters. This arrangement is not the most effective organization for learning. Grammar and Writing is organized to assist learning. When lessons on a topic are spaced, students have more time to learn each step of instruction before moving to the next.
As an aid to learning, Grammar and Writing weaves together the various topics of English grammar. We call this organizational approach incremental development. This approach also provides opportunity for continual review as students practice prior lessons in each daily review set.
We have placed small reference numbers in parentheses in the review sets below numbers of the exercises for students who want to refer back to the lesson where the topic was taught. We include a topical table of contents in the Teacher Packet for those who are interested.
Why are there no pictures in the book?
Compare a Grammar and Writing textbook with another publisher's textbook. The books have about the same number of pages. Which book has pictures? Which book has daily review sets? If there is not room for both, then which feature is more likely to contribute to long-term student success, pictures or daily review sets?
Thirty years of experience have shown that adding pictures to math textbooks does not augment student success, but adding pictures does increase the cost of the textbooks to schools. We have found that the same is true for language arts.
How is the Saxon method used in the Grammar & Writing program?
Stephen D. Hake, author of six textbooks in the Saxon® Math series, long desired to see a language arts curriculum employ the same proven methodology of incremental development and continual review that made his Saxon® Math books so effective.
Authors Christie Curtis and Mary Hake teamed up with Stephen to develop a rigorous and effective English language arts program that helps students learn and retain grammar concepts in their long-term memory using the same Saxon methodology that has worked so well for students across the country for over 30 years.
Questions from Teachers and Parents:
Do students need to start with the first book?
It is not necessary for older students to start at the lower levels, since prior-year topics are fully reviewed in the upper levels. The grade levels are differentiated by reading level, vocabulary difficulty, curriculum standards, and the overall pace and depth of instruction. No prior grammar instruction is required to begin at any grade level.
For best results, we recommend that students start at their comfortable reading level, but not higher than their current grade level, and complete a minimum of two years of the program. This will ensure that a strong foundation of language mastery endures, serving the students very well throughout higher education and adulthood.
Students beginning the curriculum in later grades will not miss any prior grammar content.
The reading level, subject depth, pace of instruction, coverage of additional topics,
and vocabulary difficulty increase with each level.
May I rearrange the order of the lessons?
The lessons should be taught in order without skipping lessons. The order of the lessons is carefully planned to provide students with enough time and practice to make steady progress through the program, and the content of the review sets reflects the order of the lessons. As you approach the time for state testing, if you feel that there are a few later lessons that students need to see prior to the test, then you might consider teaching those later lessons before the test.
How long does it take to complete one lesson?
Most students can complete both the lesson instruction and the review set in 30 to 50 minutes. We encourage teachers to offer abundant class time for students to work on the review set.
Where are the dictations and journal topics?
In Grammar and Writing 4 and up, you will find dictations and journal topics in the Appendix at the back of the student textbook. For Grammar and Writing 3 and below, dictations and journal topics are excluded. Instead, each lesson includes a "Grammar Meeting" component in which students practice forming grammatical sentences verbally.
May I shorten the review sets?
The review sets should be completed in their entirety. Daily review sets are not designed to be tests, but a learning tool which reinforces learning and helps the subject matter "stick" in a child's long-term memory. Shortening a review set reduces the practice students need to make the skills and concepts part of their long-term learning. Most students can complete a review set in 30 minutes or less, so the review sets should not be burdensome. Be sure to offer abundant class time for students to work on the review set.
How do I grade all the writing assignments?
There is no need to assign a letter grade to every writing assignment. Writing Lessons provide students tools to become better writers and to evaluate their own essays. A teacher can assess whether or not a student has correctly evaluated his or her completed essay and ask the student to edit and rewrite until the essay is satisfactory. Our goal is student success. Students’ writing will improve with practice. Some teachers allow students to submit two or three of their best essays during a grading period to receive letter grades. Journal entries are not meant to be graded.
What do students like about the program?
- Students enjoy success: A child's genuine success is often the best motivator of even greater efforts. Over 30 years of research and experience confirm that incremental development and continual review contribute greatly to student achievement.
- Students find the rich content interesting: Grade-appropriate Core Knowledge® content is embedded in the examples and exercises to reinforce learning in other subject areas. Students also enjoy the MadLibs®-style activities, the topical themes in each grade level, and the familiar characters that appear throughout the books.