The Wordsmith series offers interesting writing assignments written directly to the student. The original book, Wordsmith, is geared towards students in grades 7-9. Early lessons focus on word usage and sentence construction and work through step-by-step to culminate in short-story writing. Students can complete their lessons right in the book.The Teacher Guide explains the philosophy of writing, gives tips on revising, and has other teacher helps. Wordsmith Apprentice, for grades 4-6, and Wordsmith Craftsman (10-12) are also available.