WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Workbook 1 - 4th Edition

WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Workbook 1 - 4th Edition

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ISBN: 9781935027331
Grades: 6-10

Product Description:

Please note that this workbook has undergone a format change in 2015. It is no longer in a binder, but is now soft cover with tear-off pages (bound at the top). Pages are 3-hole punched to add to your own binder.

Publisher Description:

WriteShop I is an incremental writing program that focuses on teaching teens the steps of the writing process through lessons in descriptive, informative, and narrative writing. The consumable workbook contains Skill Builders, word banks, detailed writing instructions, editing checklists, and evaluation forms.

Parents who lack confidence in their own ability to teach their students to write have finally got a resource that takes the guess work out of the process. WriteShop provides detailed daily lesson plans and instructions for teachers plus student workbooks with worksheets and forms that walk you all the way through activities, evaluation and grading. Examples, check lists for both students and teachers, and evaluation forms show students the objectives and teachers what to look for in completed work.

Not only do these features make the program easy to use, but the authors have structured lessons to build from the ground up, covering sentence and paragraph structure and style before tackling lengthier assignments. The subtitle, “An Incremental Writing Program,” refers to the way the program incorporates and builds upon skills taught in previous lessons. Because of this, you should not skip lessons or change the order.

Targeted at students in grades 7-10, WriteShop might actually be used with students in grades 5-10. It works well for parents working with one or more of their own children on their own, but it will also work in a group class situation. It does need to be taught; it is not designed for independent study even though students do much writing on their own. WriteShop is a great starting place for those who have done minimal writing instruction with their children.

The Lessons, each of which might take about two weeks to complete, include “skill builder” exercises that focus on a narrow skill, usually related to grammar or vocabulary. The “skill builder” activity feeds directly into the primary lesson. For example, the second lesson is “Describing a Pet.” The “skill builder” teaches students to use a thesaurus to come up with more interesting words to replace overused adjectives and weak verbs. This skill is then incorporated into the pet description. Many of the grammar-oriented skill builders help students finally see the use of some of their grammar lessons.

Two weeks per lesson sounds like a lot, but the authors have incorporated more than the “skill builder” focus into each lesson. For example, the pet description also works with mind maps, topic sentences, metaphors and similes, and concluding sentences. In addition, students are working through the editing and rewriting process on the original assignment. They also should be completing copying and dictation assignments that build skills of observation and attention while working on various sentence constructions and broader vocabulary. I think the authors have actually resolved a critical problem with copying/dictation by requiring copying first, followed by dictation of the same piece. This way, students have already encountered unusual punctuation or sentence breaks that otherwise might be unpredictable when encountered only through dictation.

The program currently has a single Teacher’s Manual (2016 edition is spiral bound, sc) and two student workbooks. The teacher’s manual offers more than lesson plans. It also has instructions on how to edit, how to make comments, descriptions of typical student errors and probable solutions. Student sample writings are accompanied by sample edited versions and check off lists with teacher comments so you can get a feel for how you might write responses. Other helps in the manual are answer keys; reproducible check off lists, reference sheets, and forms; supplemental activity ideas; story starters; essay topics; and word banks. [The student volumes contain a mix of instructional content and consumable practice pages. Permission is granted for single families to copy consumable pages.]

The first volume focuses primarily on description and narration, although it includes lessons on writing short reports, concise (5 sentence) biographies, and news articles. Skills covered are typical of those covered up through junior high. The second volume gets into high school level with advanced narrative and descriptive writing plus heavy emphasis on essay writing. The level of difficulty straddles junior high and high school; none of the writing assignments are very lengthy. High schoolers will still need to practice writing lengthier papers and research reports than required by WriteShop. (Keep in mind, that the program is not intended to cover all types of writing assignments. For example, there are no lessons on poetry or writing business letters.) If you start the program with younger students, move through it more slowly, taking three years rather than two. Older students might be able to complete both volumes in a single year if they are very diligent and have already developed basic writing skills.

The program is written by Christians; you will find occasional biblical references, primarily in the teacher’s manual. However, it also appears indirectly in lessons such as writing a description of a person where the authors caution the student to remember to be gracious and focus on a person’s positive features.

Overall, this is one of the best resources I’ve seen for parents who need lots of help to teach writing as well as a great tool for group classes. ~ Reprinted from Christian Home Educators Curriculum Manuals with permission of Cathy Duffy, Grove Publishing.

Update: Please note that the workbooks are now soft cover with tear-off pages (bound at the top). Pages are 3-hole punched to add to your own binder.



Category Description for WriteShop Writing Programs:

WriteShop programs have a reputation for building confident writers through an incremental approach. The first WriteShop programs were written for middle school and high school students, and we have been pleased to see that the series has grown "down" to reach the youngest writers as well. The three branches of the program include the original WriteShop (Books 1 and 2), WriteShop Junior and WriteShop Primary. All levels of the program are well-structured, easy to use and give the parent all of the tools to teach writing well.




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
6
Grade End
10
ISBN
9781935027331
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
WriteShop
Weight
1.7 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.62"
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We needed a break from the monotony of IEW and delve into more creative writing. This seemed like a suitable match.
Clover B on Mar 19, 2020
It is being used in our co-op writing class.
Connie B on Sep 7, 2019
We needed a break from the monotony of IEW and delve into more creative writing. This seemed like a suitable match.
Clover B on Mar 19, 2020
Excellent curriculum that focuses on fundamentals. Have used in class and one-on-one settings for over ten years.
Dawn P on Feb 28, 2020
It is being used in our co-op writing class.
Connie B on Sep 7, 2019
we have used for 3 other children for a co op professor led class and is perfect
Cathy R on Aug 18, 2019
We attend a homeschool co-op, and this is the curriculum for the 7th grade writing class.:)
Nancy H on Aug 16, 2019
Replace the workbook I already used.
Katie N on Jul 15, 2019
Recommended for students with dyslexia.
Jennifer M on Jul 8, 2019
used with success previously
Shona T on Jul 6, 2019
homeschool co-op class
Veronica K on Aug 31, 2018
Taking a class.
Elizabeth M on Aug 30, 2018
I used this with my second daughter (who was pretty neutral about writing) with great success, so I am no going to use it with daughter number three, who absolutely loves writing.
Stephanie S on Aug 29, 2018
Class Requirement
Sandy R on Aug 27, 2018
The Co-op we attend is using this curriculum and has great success. Prompts student to think more on their own.
Kelly B on Aug 18, 2018
good program for struggling writers
Julie D on Aug 18, 2018
I chose Write Shop to help my 7th and 8th grade home school students become better writers. It is a comprehensive, teacher lead, complete curriculum to help you student become proficient in many different writing styles. This has helped them be top of their class in high school for writing papers and reports.
Bonnie K on Aug 15, 2018
we have a homeschool class
Paula M on Aug 13, 2018
We are part of a homeschool co op and are using this to teach students the writing process.
Angie D on Aug 3, 2018
for my daughter's homeschool co op class
Lisa S on Jun 23, 2018
The homeschool coop we joined is using this.
Toni S H on Aug 30, 2017
My older son's writing improved dramatically after using this product in a co-op class. I am thrilled my younger son now gets to use this as well.
Jamie R on Aug 23, 2017
Teaches the writing process in small, easy to manage chunks.
Hannah B on Jun 22, 2017
I've used it successfully in the past.
Tracy B on May 3, 2017
My daughters chose it for their writing program.
MARSHA S on Sep 21, 2016
I am homeschooling for the first time and joined a Co-op Write Shop was part of the required curriculum.
Theresa P on Sep 16, 2016
Book was recommended by evaluator
Angela P on Aug 31, 2016
it was the only place I could find the workbook for this curriculum!
Cheryl W on Aug 21, 2016
This is a great writing program. You have to do the work but it is well worth it.
Mary L on Aug 10, 2016
Required for class.
Colleen G on Aug 5, 2016
Requested book in co-op
Amie L on Jul 28, 2016
Needed an extra workbook for a second child.
Traci R on Mar 11, 2016
Needed for Sophomore and Junior years of high school
Lisa S on Jan 1, 2016
Had to buy for a coop class.
Carmen on Dec 17, 2015
I needed an extra workbook for an additional student.
Kathryn F on Oct 14, 2015
Excellent curriculum that focuses on fundamentals. Have used in class and one-on-one settings for over ten years.
Dawn P on Feb 28, 2020
we have used for 3 other children for a co op professor led class and is perfect
Cathy R on Aug 18, 2019
does this book come with the teachers book or do i have to purchase that seperately?
User on Aug 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This item - #002472 - is the Student Workbook 1. We do have a Set that includes both the Teacher Manual and Workbook 1. We also sell the Teacher Manual separately as well as the second Student Workbook for the course (the Teacher's is for both Student Workbooks).

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Is this book in any way religious?
User on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, WriteShop does include Christian material.
Is this book in any way religious?
A shopper on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have not started using this book yet, as our school year begins in September. I have looked through most of the teacher and student workbooks. So far there was only 1 religious reference to some scripture about being encouraged and encouraging. Hope that helps.
What is the difference between this set and the WriteShop I Set with References (WS1WRF)? The description makes it sound like the same program (with additional references), but one item is pictured with Binders and the other with Bound Workbooks.
User on Jul 20, 2016
WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Workbook 1 - 4th Edition
WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Workbook 1 - 4th Edition
WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Set (Teacher Manual and Workbook 1) 4th Edition
WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Set (Teacher Manual and Workbook 1) 4th Edition
WriteShop I Set with References
WriteShop I Set with References
BEST ANSWER: The set comes with the student book, teacher book, and extras for grammar. The blue three ringer binder is the same product as the new paper back version of writeshoo. They just aren't providing a binder you have to buy your own. The paper in the new book is cheaper quality as well.
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Hands down best curriculum for learning how to write!
Absolutely THE best writing curriculum!! My son is of HS age and from being in PS up to 7th grade, had no skills to write well. Most of the writing in this workbook is only 1 paragraph but has taught him so much about HOW to write better. How to use grammar to vary sentence structure and how to use it to be more descriptive. If your child struggles with writing, THiS is the curriculum you will want to buy. Loved it! And I loved the Jr writing curriculum for my younger son.
April 9, 2020
<p>I bought this curriculum 2 years ago for my 6th grader Wonderful curriculum no complaints there For $4595 I got a nice binder with dividers and the lessons with consumable pages This year (2015) I ordered the same product for another child The price has increased over 20% with much less product The picture shows the binder but it is not included Neither are the dividers The sheets are bound at the top which makes for extra work to tear them off to put into a binder (thankfully I saved the one from before) It would have been nice to know all this beforehand</p>
August 7, 2015


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