WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Workbook 2 - 4th Edition

WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Workbook 2 - 4th Edition

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Item #: 002474
ISBN: 9781935027348
Grades: 8-12

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.

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My son needed this for his 9th grade English class.
Sharon S on Sep 11, 2020
Used Write Shop 1 and it works for us. It was recommended by our evaluator and we love it!!
Vicki O on Aug 15, 2019
My son needed this for his 9th grade English class.
Sharon S on Sep 11, 2020
We have done Writeshop I. We are about to start Writeshop II.
Billie A on Oct 18, 2019
Used Write Shop 1 and it works for us. It was recommended by our evaluator and we love it!!
Vicki O on Aug 15, 2019
Liked the first book, so am continuing with it this year.
Sherilyn B on Jun 28, 2019
I have the first workbook in this program. I prefer IEW's materials, but my homeschool provider is going with this one, and it is an acceptable program.
User on Jun 25, 2019
Needed for my son's co-op class
Tina F on Jun 20, 2019
Want to cover all the bases in writing.
Lisa S on Jul 2, 2018
My son has already completed WriteShop 1 so we decided to continue the course. It's a challenging class for him b/c he's 13 but he's getting a lot out of it.
Kara H on Feb 18, 2018
Student finished book 1. I love this program!
Melissa P on Feb 15, 2018
Because we did Writeshop I last year and so I already have the teacher's manual.
Terrie J on Aug 14, 2017
I have used WriteShop for a few years now. Very happy with this program and my student has continued to grow in the writing process. It is very cut and dry, my student is aware of the expectations on a daily basis. It has worked for us throughout his writing career.
User on Jun 8, 2017
For our co-op class. Required text. Great writing program that incorporates all skills
Annie N on Feb 24, 2017
Excellent writing program for both my student and in aiding me in evaluating his writing.
Tonya D on Aug 3, 2016
Cathy Duffy plus other positive internet reviews
laura m on Feb 11, 2016
We are currently enjoying WriteShop I, which was recommended by our homeschool advisor, so we decided to stay with the program.
Eileen M on Nov 3, 2015
We have done Writeshop I. We are about to start Writeshop II.
Billie A on Oct 18, 2019
Liked the first book, so am continuing with it this year.
Sherilyn B on Jun 28, 2019
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We used Writeshop 1 last year and decided to continue with Writeshop 2. Instructions are easy to follow. I also have the teachers manual which adds good guidelines for each lesson. The student evaluation sheets allow students to understand expectations and work through edits.
August 22, 2020
3 months ago
Great, gentle writing program
This is a wonderful program that works a lot like IEW in a more gentle approach. Highly recommend using WriteShop 1 first, they definitely build on each other.
September 15, 2018
over 2 years ago
Excellent program
I would recommend this program. It's thorough and has easy to follow instructions both for the teacher and the student. My oldest son was in WriteShop I last year and did very, very good. Our co-op has used this program for quite a while.
September 2, 2016
over 4 years ago
Wonderful step by step approach to writing
August 22, 2016
over 4 years ago
Simple, specific and easy for Mom to use
I have used other writing programs, one very popular in the homeschool community. I like this one much better. It is easy for me to follow with specific instructions on what to look for in correcting their work. It is also easy for the student to use and understand what is expected of him/her. Similar to the other program, it adds on a writing requirement with each lesson, such as an appositive or a past participle.

I used the Workbook 1 (blue binder) for the first year and I am using this for high school. Writing is not my strong point, I write like I talk and that is not how writing is done. I feel confident that my students are learning how to improve their writing and vary their sentences.

I also wanted them to be able to write research papers and reports and this is covered in the material.
October 24, 2015
over 5 years ago

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