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The Six Levels of Instruction

Lesson
Plan
Wise
Lists
Words per
Week
# of
Lessons
# of
Weeks
Learning
Log
Level A
A-I
10
180
36
Primary
Level B
A-L
20-30
160
32
Primary
Level C
J-O
20-30
160
32
Black
Level D
M-S
20-40
160
32
Black
Level E
P-Z
20-40
160
32
Black
Level F
S-Z
20
150
30
Black

Level A

  • This student is brand new to the reading and writing adventure with no experience in penmanship.
  • The first 9 weeks of the instruction include preparing the student with phonemic awareness activities and teaching the a-z phonograms for both reading and writing.
  • Instructions for using Cursive First are included, but a teacher can take the general guidelines of the plans and apply them to whatever penmanship program or method she chooses.
  • Wise Lists A-I are taught using the Primary Learning Log at a pace of 10 words per week as a gentle exposure to the spelling and reading process.
  • Games and fun reinforcement activities are woven throughout the plans to stimulate interest and build the student’s reading and writing skills outside the Learning Log.
  • Grammar is gently introduced in fun activities, with some Wise Guide Worksheets, and with guided sentence writing activities.

Level B

  • This student is new to the reading and spelling process but is ready to dive into a mere 3 weeks for either learning or reviewing penmanship with the a-z phonograms.
  • Instructions for using Cursive First are included, but the teacher can take the general guidelines of the plans and apply then to whatever penmanship program or method she chooses.
  • Wise Lists A-L are taught using the Primary Learning Log at a pace of 20-30 words per week, establishing a solid routine for learning about the world of words.
  • New spelling words are reinforced using the Wise Guide Enrichment Activity Worksheets, games, and fun reinforcement activities to encourage the student to interact with his written language and help him move into independent reading and writing.
  • Grammar is introduced in the context of practicing spelling words, and a variety of guided and independent sentence writing activities are included.

Level C

  • The Level C student has had previous writing and reading instruction and is continuing his study of both spelling and reading.
  • He already has his penmanship established, but he will continue to practice throughout the year.
  • Wise Lists J-O are taught using the Black Learning Log at a pace of 20-30 words per week, intended to strengthen his reading speed and comprehension as well as his writing skills.
  • Grammar is studied in the context of practicing spelling words.
  • The student is provided with a variety of writing activities from phrases to sentences to paragraphs.
  • Vocabulary is explored as the student studies suffixes and prefixes, compound words, connects synonyms and antonyms, and builds derivatives from his spelling words.

Level D

  • This student is familiar with reading and writing and has been reading independently for a while.
  • Wise Lists M-S are taught using the Black Learning Log at a pace of 20-40 words per week, thus bringing him into higher level vocabulary and language study.
  • Grammar and composition are woven throughout the reinforcement activities with some fun reading and puzzle options.
  • Vocabulary study continues as the student moves into the higher level word lists, thus improving his reading comprehension.

Level E

  • The Level E student is ready for more advanced word study and begins the exploration of etymology.
  • His independent reading is already established and will be strengthened with reading comprehension practice.
  • Wise Lists P-Z are taught using the Black Learning Log at a pace of 20-40 words per week, so his efforts will drive his vocabulary exposure up to freshman college level.
  • Language study will include learning how to use both a regular as well as an online dictionary and thesaurus, the background to unusual and tricky words, and tracking the influence of French, Greek, and Latin in English vocabulary.
  • Writing activities will include simple but original sentences, paragraphs, planned essays, and reflections on recommended literature.

Level F

  • The final level is for the student who is ready for advanced word study and the exploration of etymology.
  • His independent reading is already established and will be strengthened with reading comprehension practice.
  • Wise Lists S-Z are taught using the Black Learning Log at a pace of 20 words per week as his vocabulary study finishes at freshman college level.
  • Language study includes the background of unusual and tricky words, tracking the influence of French, Greek, and Latin in English vocabulary, and a final review of English grammar.
  • Writing activities will include simple but original sentences, paragraphs, planned essays, and reflections on recommended literature.

Have some questions about the Lesson Plans?

  • When we started SWR, two years ago, my 7th grade son was very behind in his Language Arts skills. As I utilized the weekly lesson plans, painstakingly created by Elizabeth FitzGerald, I have witnessed tremendous growth in my son’s academic abilities. He is now making significant progress in the areas of spelling, reading, and writing. We are so thankful for this incredibly valuable resource!–Tracy F., Homeschooler

  • I’ve used SWR for years with great success, but with a large family and a struggling reader, I often wondered if I was leaving something important out. The SWR Lesson Plans have eliminated my worries and given me even more confidences as I teach my kids. Everything is planned out in great detail, making it much easier to use this amazing program! These plans have helped me keep each child or group on track for the year.–Janelle Knutson, Writer, Speaker, AND Homeschool Consultant

  • I often compare the process of using SWR to trying to get a sip of water from a fire hose that’s on full blast. You know you’re thirsty, you know you need water, and there’s plenty there, but you have to know how to get how much you need when you need it, so you don’t drown. The same idea applies to spelling, writing, and reading. You know you want a thorough and reliable program, time tested and proven, and you have found your way to SWR. You are convinced of its merits, and you want to make it work, but something is missing to bring the need in line with the supply.

     

    Regardless of whether you are a new instructor who is assimilating the method for the first time, a homesteader who has been faithfully taking it one step at a time for years, or a seasoned user that is looking for deeper understanding, these plans will be a blessing to you. Keeping the scope and sequence of the entire program in mind, Liz has carefully outlined daily and weekly assignments that guide users through their introductions to and implementation of the method, one spelling list at a time. This new resource is where the big picture of the SWR method, the vast experience of a faithful teacher, and the detail of the day to day come together.

     

    These plans can be an integral tool, a guide to help regulate the “pressure” to manageable levels. As with most things worth doing, there are challenges to overcome and perseverance that is required. This book lends you encouragement on the page, showing that it can be done, and that someone has gone before you to help you know the way. May you be greatly blessed in your teaching and in your learning, and may you get as many drops as you need when you need them.–Hillary Hefner, Faithful Field Tester

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