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"Cover Story"
Middle School Writing Curriculum
for Grades 6-9

Offer Expires 04-30-2017 at 11:59 pm Pacific

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The Homeschool Buyers Co-op Proudly Presents...

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is pleased to present a GroupBuy offer for Cover Story middle school writing curriculum from award-winning author Daniel Schwabauer, founder of Clear Water Press, and creator of the One Year Adventure Novel.

Create Your Own Magazine in One Year!

Cover Story writing curriculum takes middle school students on a guided tour through the universe of Story as they create content for their own magazine in one school year.

In this exciting curriculum from Daniel Schwabauer, the creator of the popular One Year Adventure Novel, students are led, step by step, on a fun, thought-provoking journey of exploration and creation.

Your student will write poems, short stories, non-fiction articles, letters, and many other short pieces. They also learn to notice and record their thoughts and ideas by following the creative structure of The Remarkable Journal of Professor Gunther Von Steuben.

A 12-lesson optional grammar component is included with purchase.

Cover Story also allows students the freedom of choosing a theme for their magazine, and a subject for each assignment. This approach gives the structure and guidance they need to understand the principles in each lesson, but allows them to create from passion rather than pressure.

This one-year program is appropriate for grade levels 69.

With Signature Co-op GroupBuy Savings!

By purchasing as a group, we will all save at least 10% and up to 20% on Cover Story, exclusively through the Co-op!

Interested?  Here's What You Do:

  1. Get more information about Cover Story:

    • Watch the video at the top of this page.
    • Visit the Cover Story website for more information.
    • Read reviews at the Cover Story website.
    • Review numerous member testimonials.
  2. Please be an informed consumer and carefully read the Terms & Conditions. The T&Cs tell you everything you need to know about this offer. By placing an order, you are agreeing to the T&Cs.

    In Particular:

    • Fulfillment: 
      Cover Story Curriculum & Add'l Student Books/Journals: Please allow 10 business days AFTER the expiration of this GroupBuy for Clear Water Press to pack and ship your order, and 2-3 business days thereafter for US delivery, 5-15 days thereafter for Canadian delivery, and longer for international orders.

      Cover Story - Cloud: Please allow up to 10 business days AFTER the expiration of the GroupBuy offer for Clear Water Press to process your Cloud subscription. Once your order is processed, you will receive an email prompting you to set up your Password for your Cloud account. It is very important to save your Password for future use. Homeschool Buyers Co-op will not have your Login or Password information. Hard goods will ship according to the "Cover Story Curriculum & Add'l Student Book/Journals" fulfillment (see above). If you wish to change your Start Month Date or if you lose your Login and Password information, you will need to contact Clear Water Press directly.
    • Shipping: Your order will ship by USPS Priority Mail. The base shipping charge will be $13.45 for US orders; $45.95 for Canada and Mexico; $75.95 for other international orders. If you order extra student kits (up to a maximum of 3 extra), there is a shipping surcharge per extra student kit. It will be $2.75 for US order, $6.40 for Canada and Mexico; $8.95 for international orders. Applicable shipping surcharges will be added to your base shipping charge, above.
    • Returns/Cancellations: As this is a special group purchase, you cannot back out once you place your order. Clear Water Press has a 30-day return policy. The materials must be in "like new" condition, and you pay the shipping. Please contact them directly if you want to return the product.
    • Service Fee: The Co-op will charge a one-time, nonrefundable service fee of $2.95 to help cover some of our cost of providing this service.
    • In the event that your bank declines order payment, we will notify you by email and give you an opportunity to make payment within 2 days of the expiration date. In the event that you fail to do so, we will cancel your order. However, our service fee, if collected, is non-refundable.
  3. Complete the order form below no later than the expiration date and time shown above.
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Cover Story - DVD

Retail Price: $149.00
Current Group Price: $126.65
Current Group Qty Ordered: 25
Conditional Orders: 4
Current Group Savings: 15%
Qty. Price(ea) Savings
1-18 $134.10 10%
-> 19-39 $126.65 15%
40+ $119.20 20%
I commit to buy when the Group Savings reaches at least:
If we reach a deeper discount than your choice, you will receive the deeper discount. If you change your mind, do so BEFORE the end of the Group Buy on your Co-op account's "My Orders" page.

Cover Story is a writing curriculum for middle schoolers (grades 6-9) and includes:

  • DVD set
  • Student Book (combined text and workbook)
  • Teacher's Guide
  • The Remarkable Journal of Professor Von Steuben

The Remarkable Journal of Professor Gunther Von Steuben is no ordinary journal! Copied on its pages are the handwritten notes of Professor Von Steuben himself--a man of mystery, intrigue and profound insight into the nature of the world and its inhabitants. Students are encouraged to complete what Von Steuben began, and record their own thoughts and observations about the world around them.

In addition, there is a Grammar component on a separate DVD with 12 additional video lessons included in the kit. The grammar component can be optionally used as part of the course, and is designed to be used as needed to supplement the other instructional materials. Cover Story's approach to grammar de-emphasizes memorization of latinate terms and emphasizes true comprehension.

How to choose between DVDs and Cloud.

Note: This image is a likeness of the Journal, not a photograph so the journal may look slightly different.

Cover Story - Cloud

Retail Price: $129.00
Current Group Price: $109.65
Current Group Qty Ordered: 25
Conditional Orders: 1
Current Group Savings: 15%
Qty. Price(ea) Savings
1-18 $116.10 10%
-> 19-39 $109.65 15%
40+ $103.20 20%
I commit to buy when the Group Savings reaches at least:
If we reach a deeper discount than your choice, you will receive the deeper discount. If you change your mind, do so BEFORE the end of the Group Buy on your Co-op account's "My Orders" page.
Cover Story - Cloud:
1 Year of Streaming+Materials

Students and Teachers can conveniently access Cover Story lessons in the Cloud - a video streaming alternative to DVDs!

Responsive HD videos adapt to your laptop, tablet, or mobile device from virtually anywhere for one full year! No hassle of lost or damaged discs.

Cover Story - Cloud includes:

  • Materials shipped to you
    • Student Book (combined text and workbook)
    • Teacher Guide
    • The Remarkable Journal of Professor Von Steuben

  • Online Content
    • Household License to access Cover Story Writing - Cloud for one year, for the entire family
    • Access can be renewed in future for another year for $20.

    How to choose between DVDs and Cloud.

    NOTE: Additional student workbooks are available -- below -- on this order form.

    Select your "Start Month" in the drop down field below. You may opt to start your subscription right away (mid-May), OR a different month. If you choose a different month, your access will start on the FIRST WEEKDAY of the month you have chosen.
Additional Student Book and Journal

Retail Price: $55.00
Current Group Price: $46.75
Current Group Savings: 15%
Qty. Price(ea) Savings
-> 1+ $46.75 15%
Additional student books and journals are sold together as a student kit, and are only available to members who purchase Cover Story above, as part of the same order.

You are able to purchase up to three (3) additional student kits as part of this GroupBuy offer. If you wish to order a student kit only, visit the Clear Water Press website directly.

Note: This image is a likeness of the Journal, not a photograph so the journal may look slightly different.

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We bought this for our 11 year old son. It is one of the best investments we have made. He used to hate writing, but Daniel's witty and humorous style of teaching has won my son over. His writing has improved dramatically, and he now wants to be an author. Would highly recommend it. Only concern I ever had was that in Journeling section the lecture topic was a bit intense for any younger siblings that may be around. But I would still strongly recommend this product.
B. OShea, Co-op Member
My son and I are really enjoying Cover-Story. My son is 6th grade and he is learning a lot. He is a reluctant writer but this curriculum is fun and laid out in a gentle way. We are excited to see the end product of the magazine he is putting together. He is already excited about the One Year Adventure Novel when he is in high school! We have shared our excited with many other homeschoolers.
Ana, Co-op Member
I am so glad we ordered Cover Story as our Middle School Language Arts Curriculum for our 12 year old son, it seems as if it were made just for him, and now that I think about it, it probably was! Every part of this course is so thoughtfully and carefully planned to make it interesting and do-able for the student and enjoyable and easy to present for the teacher. We start with watching about a 15min. video that introduces the days lesson that usually has some funny blooper at the end which my son waits for, then we open up the student workbook...(more)
Amy Habrat, Co-op Member
This is a solid writing and grammar program, that is engaging! If your looking for a solid writing program but feel overwhelmed with IEW, I would high recommend.

My children have grown and really enjoy the program. I liked the fact I can do 6th and 9th grade together
J. Carlin, Co-op Member
My 12 year old son loathed writing anything more than a paragraph and it was a process akin to pulling teeth whenever it was requested that he become more descriptive in his writing. I sought out new curriculum each year and nothing seemed to stir him to want to write...UNTIL Cover Story!

Now, he requests that the first "class" he completes for the day be Cover Story. He actually looks forward to doing the assignments and he doesn't mind taking the extra time to be creative and descriptive. He actually shows off his completed assignme...(more)
D. Lindsay, Co-op Member
We are just finishing up this program for my 12 year old 7th grade daughter. Wow! We LOVED this program. There is no other curriculum, for any subject, that we have enjoyed more than Cover Story.

First I much appreciated the DVD instruction. This left my tween to be more independent which we both appreciated. The lectures are long but even with her mild ADHD, she sat through without complaint. She was engaged.

Second, it was brilliant to have the child pick their own theme for the magazine they create with this...(more)
G Thomas, Co-op Member
Cover Story has been a life saver for me.

My boys (12 and14) have been very reluctant writers, they just have never enjoyed it. I've spent a lot of time trying to find something that would spark the creativity I knew they had and Cover Story has done just that.

The DVD is fun, and makes sense. The approach to writing is step by step with an explanation of why you need to do certain things to make your writing engaging to the reader. There is humor and definitely keeps my kids paying attention. The journal is so cool! You will find there...(more)
Denise G., Co-op Member
Daniel Schwabauer's "Cover Story" curriculum is literally a God send. We have used a handful of different writing curricula in the past years. No matter what I looked for to help challenge and inspire my reluctant writers, writing time was often a time of drudgery, or even tears, for our children. Mr. Schwabauer's approach is fun, silly, even "cheesy" at times, which is perfect for our kids! Don't let that statement fool you though, my children have learned much in our first 3 weeks of the program, but even better, they have found joy in writ...(more)
Laura G., Co-op Member
Cover Story is a great combination of fun and learning. I have my two middle school children doing the curriculum together and I feel like they're both learning a lot from it.
Jenny Robertson, Co-op Member
Cover Story is an excellent writing program. My daughter enjoys the lessons. It really sparks their creativity.
Sherry, Co-op Member
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