WordSmith Apprentice Scope and Sequence

From Wordsmith Apprentice by Janie B. Cheaney
1995, Common Sense Press; 2nd ed. 2003. Used by permission.

Your student joins the staff of an unnamed newspaper. The editor provides instruction on fundamentals of writing according to the following outline:

PART ONE: Nouns, Verbs and Basic Sentence Structure
Writing projects include:

  • Application for employment\
  • "For Sale" ads
  • "Help Wanted" ads
  • Haiku poetry
  • Sports (action verb) poetry
  • Captions
  • Invitations
  • Thank-you notes
  • Headlines
  • "Imagination Stretchers"

PART TWO: Modifiers and More Complex Sentences
Writing projects include:

  • Word games and puzzles
  • Display advertising
  • Expanded captions
  • Editing
  • Travel writing
  • Book reviews
  • "Imagination Stretchers"

PART THREE: Organizing and Reporting
Writing projects include:

  • Recipes
  • Household hints
  • Program synopses
  • News briefs
  • Comics (dialogue)
  • Sports stories
  • News articles
  • Editorials
  • "Imagination Stretchers"


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