Writing with Results is a fun writing resource that can be used in grades one through six, and can, in fact, be used over again from year to year, or with several students of different ages. Though clearly written with the traditional classroom in mind, this book is easily adaptable to the home setting. Writing with Results is an especially good bargain if you plan to use it with several students.
Perhaps the feature that will be of most interest to homeschoolers is the author's distinction between writing that uses the idyllic imagination and writing that uses the moral imagination. (Idyllic is used here to mean stories that are simply escapist, with no clear standard of right and wrong; moral encourages the development of a standard of right and wrong.) Mrs. Moore encourages the moral imagination in both reading and writing, and her assignments are geared toward the moral. Many of the writing assignments are inspired by good literature. The author also easily mixes Christian and secular examples of excellent writing.
The first half of the book is devoted to writing stories with a three point outline for developing plot and a central character. The second half includes a veritable wealth of different writing assignments from newspapers and book reports to poetry and paragraphs. A simple plan for writing research reports covers outlining, note taking, and citing references. One interesting assignment practices proper style for writing letters by having the student pretend that he is a character in a book or story writing to another fictional character. Some of the step-by-step lesson plans are geared toward the traditional classroom, but they could be easily used in the home school. Worksheets to be copied are included where appropriate.
The final section of Writing with Results contains a grade-by-grade list of objectives for writing, and a variety of references for the teacher (spelling, punctuation, and grammar). I wouldn't worry about keeping in step with the lists, but instead would let the child's writing skills develop at his own pace. The appendices are mostly for classroom use. (Reviewed by Kath Courtney)