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How does Mr. Stephens suggest we pace the course, especially if we are using it with Essentials in Writing?

Alternating is one of many effective approaches. Complete a writing activity (one week or more) then switch to a literature study (one week or more). The key is to allow the “flip-flop” to occur naturally without trying to hold to a rigid schedule. Additionally, there are many parents who choose to complete literature in the fall and writing in the spring. Both approaches are acceptable. If you are using Essentials in Writing and Essentials in Literature, you can download the 34-Week Plan located on each level’s webpage. For a detailed explanation of all options, please contact Customer Service by emailing