The Writing Works text is advanced and is designed to dovetail with Grammar Works. Writing Works is actually the sequel to the Grammar Works text. It is a 400 page journey with three primary emphases: 1) The construction of an Advanced Grammar Notebook denoting higher level grammatical concepts, 2) an ongoing creation of a writing portfolio, and 3) historical anecdotes and quotes that explore the arena of writing forged by reputable authors including Nobel Prize winning authors.
A list of some of these authors whose intellects are tapped include the following: Benjamin Franklin, Francis Bacon, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Ray Bradbury, Robert Frost, George Orwell, Mark Twain, James Fenimore Cooper, C. S. Lewis, John Steinbeck, Lydia Marie Child, Louis L’Amour and many others. Students will ponder quotes like these:
“Read, read, read. Read everything…Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you will find out. It it’s not, throw it out the window.”William Faulkner
“For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.”Ernest Hemingway
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”Mark Twain
On the way to constructing an Advanced Grammar Notebook, these additional concepts are introduced:
These concepts are added to the checklists introduced in Grammar Works. The process of Syntactical Analysis remains in force. Marking systems respecting these grammatical structures are applied. Students are also asked to construct sentences applying these concepts. The final application is a full Syntactical Analysis of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Lessons on how language functions are paramount, and applications with multiple levels of meaning abound in Writing Works.
Lastly, a Personal Writing Portfolio emerges as students navigate the writing prompts embedded in each lesson.
If students can learn how celebrated authors think about the act of writing, they will be encouraged to persevere in their own writing. Here are some examples of Writing Prompts used in the text.
Students who master the lessons in Writing Works will know what it means to stand on a firm literacy foundation. They will know more about the nature of our language than do most. Students who glean the messages of the quotes in the margins in this text will more clearly understand what effective use of the written language has done and can do for the advancement of civilization.