WriteShop Junior Level D Activity Pack
The student's activity pack includes worksheets for use with each lesson.
Upper elementary ages (8-11 years) would begin with Level D if they need to learn to identify and use proper grammar and punctuation, how to choose strong words, brainstorming before writing, writing a paragraph, writing research-based articles, or self-editing and revising their own work. This level could be stretched into grades 6-7 for a child with learning struggles (although the worksheets may seem childish). Children who are comfortable with basic sentence structure and have learned basic paragraph skills would begin with Level E.
Topics covered include grammar and punctuation; narrowing topic; brainstorming; sentence structure, basic paragraph; using emotion and five senses; choosing strong words; self-editing and revising; and creative publishing. Writing topics include humor, adventure, science fiction, mystery, poetry/haiku, folktales, historical fiction, personal narrative and expository writing.
WriteShop® Junior continues the same incremental, step-by-step successful approach of the WriteShop® program. It is designed for parents and children to use in close conjunction, teaching children to write fiction, non-fiction, poems, short reports through the use of games, graphic organizers and self editing tools. These levels also have handy scheduling options to choose from, so you can determine whether a 3-week lesson/ 30-week plan or a 2 week per lesson/ 20-week plan will fit better into your schooling.
The flexible nature and focus on skills make selecting the best starting point straightforward. The author recommends choosing the level that fits best with the child's thinking skills and not his grammar, writing, or spelling skills. Key concepts are taught in all levels so children will not feel like they have "missed" something. Upper elementary ages (8-11 years) would begin with Level D if they need to learn to identify and use proper grammar and punctuation, how to choose strong words, brainstorming before writing, writing a paragraph, writing research-based articles, or self-editing and revising their own work. This level could be stretched into grades 6-7 for a child with learning struggles (although the worksheets may seem childish). Children who are comfortable with basic sentence structure and have learned basic paragraph skills would begin with Level E. At this level, five paragraph writing is introduced about 2/3 of the way through. Level E is designed for the 4th-5th grader or reluctant 6th grader. Targeting the 5th-6th grader (or reluctant 7th), Level F is recommended for children fluent in basic paragraph skills. Five paragraph writing is taught (or reviewed) about 2/3 of the way through. This level can also be a good fit for a 12-13 year old who needs more time to work on foundational writing skills like narrowing the topic, using graphic organizers, improving sentence length, developing characters, setting, plot, using dialogue or writing five paragraph compositions and research reports. Children comfortable with these skills are ready for the Writeshop® writing program. See below for more information on content at each level.
The Teacher's Guide contains the schedules; materials and supplies lists; teaching tips for hands-on projects and the writing skills used throughout the book; the body of each lesson and instructions for all activities. The student's Activity Pack includes worksheets for use with each lesson along with the Fold-N-Go Grammar Pack. The Fold-N-Go Grammar Pack contains colorful papers that can be assembled to form 10 portable grammar and writing flipbooks which can be mounted inside a file folder. If you'd prefer not to invest time making your own, the Time- Saver Pack includes ready-made materials (like spinners and game cards) described in the Teachers Guide. Permission is granted for copying worksheet and Fold-N-Go pages for single-family use. Zach/Deanne
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.
There are 10 Lessons that have mini activities that build up using the writing process in each activity over a two week period until the student has a completed, and polished writing project at the end. The activities are based on the writing process (brainstorming, pre write, editing, etc.) and are the same concept or format each week so you and your student can get in a groove of how to work through the activity with each of the ten lessons. Each of the lessons cover a topic such as "Writing a Letter of Invitation", or "Persuasive Writing" etc...
The student activity book contains the materials needed for each activity that includes manipulatives, graphic organizers, etc. The time saver pack is almost the same thing as the student book but has lines and pre-made materials so you don't have to create what is needed for an activity as it's already done for you. I recommend purchasing this, lamenting it, and using it for future students.
The grammar portion of the writers shop curriculum is very basic. It covers simple topics like types of sentences, or when, where, and how to use a period. A separate grammar program is needed as this program is designed to reinforce and review basic grammar not teach complete and thorough concepts of grammar. (I recommend Saxon Grammar for a more thorough approach).
Overall, my two boys, who have never enjoyed writing, love this program. My 9 year old struggles with writing yet when we "share the pen" he is thriving with this program and making gains in his writing. My 11 year old excels at writing and yet is still challenged with this program because he is able to add details and make it his own piece of work.