Writing Tales Level One

    There are three errors in books published before November 5, 2007.

    Lesson 7

    • Teacher’s Guide, pp. 11-12 and p. 50. Please use the following biography instead of the one in the book:
      James Baldwin was born in Indiana in 1841 and lived until 1925.  His childhood was marked by infrequent schooling and a limited access to books.  Still, his father had a “library” that consisted of two shelves of books.  These books were precious to James, and developed a love of literature in him that lasted a lifetime.  He grew up to become first a teacher, founding and improving many schools in Indiana.  During this time he began writing.  Some of the books he wrote were for teachers, but most of them were books of stories for children.  He loved to re-tell old classics, and by doing this he made exciting moral tales accessible to students all over the country and helped many children develop the same love of reading that he had fostered in himself so many years before.  In 1887 Baldwin moved east to join the education department of Harper & Brothers, and later the American Book Company.  While editing numerous textbooks, he continued writing.  At one time it was said that he had either written or edited at least half of all the textbooks being used in schools across the country!
    • Student Workbook p.34, Teacher's Guide, p. 116. In the text of the story of "Julius Caesar" written by James Baldwin, there is an extra comma in the first sentence of the thrid paragraph. The sentence originally reads: "Once when Caesar was passing through a little country village, all the men, women, and children of the place, came out to see him." The comma after the word "place" should be removed so that the sentence reads: "Once when Caesar was passing through a little country village, all the men, women, and children of the place came out to see him."
    • Student Workbook p. 39, Teacher's Guide p. 121. The same sentence is repeated for Punctuation Practice in #2. Remove the same comma after the word "place."

    Writing Tales Level Two

    Lesson 8

    • Student Workbook p. 67, Teacher's Guide p. 173. First section, sentence #5: "Was the mother afraid of the cruel Egyptians?" "Afraid" is incorrectly identified as an action verb. Replace the sentence with: "His mother hid him from the cruel Egyptians." Students should underline "hid" as the action verb and add a period to the end of the sentence.
    • Student Wordbook p. 67, Teacher's Guide p. 173. Second section, #5. "Go" should also be underlined as a verb.

    Lesson 9

    • Teacher's Guide p. 18. First sentence, second paragraph. "Rough Draft" should be "Final Draft."
    • Teacher's Guide p. 70. Ask the students to take out their Final Drafts of "Moses and the Bulrushes," not "The Doll in the Grass."

    Lesson 10

    • Teacher's Guide p. 196. Second section, second line: "appeared" is incorrectly identified as a State of Being Verb (SB.) Label it as an Action Verb (AV) instead.

    Lesson 12

    • Student Workbook p. 106, Teacher's Guide p. 212. Fourth section, "Circle the adjectives that tell us what kind," sentence #2: replace "frightened" with "afraid." Students should circle, "afraid."
    • Teacher's Guide page 216. The circles for sentence #s 4 and 5 are off. They should be around the following words: #4: a, small, the, the broom, the, old, her. #5: One, the, little, the, her, building, her (before father.)

    Lesson 16

    • Teacher's Guide p. 250. First section, #17: "too" is incorrectly identified as an Adjective (AJ.) It should be marked as an Adverb (Ad.)

    Lesson 23

    • Student Workbook p. 204, Teacher's Guide p. 310. The sentence at the top of the page should read, "His wife and little children wept, and his sons begged him not to leave them again."

    Writing Tales Level Two Teacher's Guide in books printed and purchased before March 1, 2008
    Page 197, line 3 of the student's exercise, the phrase "come to blows" is incorrectly identified as an infinitiveverb.  This is instead a prepositional phrase, and therefore should not be marked in this exercise.

    Writing Tales Level Two in books printed and purchased before April 24, 2008

    Lesson 23, in the text of “The Story of Regulus” (Student Workbook, p. 203 and Teacher’s Guide, p. 309) there is a paragraph missing.  This should be the eighth paragraph in the story, and the third paragraph from the top of the page. 

    The text of the paragraph that is missing is as follows:

                “Very well,” said Regulus.  “I promise you that if they will not make peace, I will come back to prison.”

    Adding in this paragraph will make the Outlining Exercise on pages 210-213 of the Workbook work out correctly, with 18 total paragraphs in the story.



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