Jump In! SET (Student and Teacher's Guide)

Jump In! SET (Student and Teacher's Guide)


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Grades: 5-8

What to do when high school is just around the corner and your middle schooler HATES to write? Jump In: Middle School Composition covers all the basics needed for high school writing in an engaging fashion; humor sneaking in occasionally. Daily lessons will take 5 – 20 minutes to complete. Instruction is written directly to the student and sometimes involves Bible stories or characters. Lessons might start with 10-Minute Writing Plunges that are designed to engage reluctant writers or appeal to eager writers. Or the Plunges can be a break from other assignments or a course by themselves. Plunges prompts are given M-Th with no grading (or turning in). On Friday, the student chooses which one they like best, proofreads it, and gets it ready to hand in. Each chapter also features longer essay/composition assignments that are broken down into tasty little bites in the well-constructed, step-by-step lessons. Each assignment comes with a suggested writing schedule and a checklist in the student worktext. It’s likewise easy on the teacher with detailed and specific grading grids. The consumable Student Book covers prewriting skills, paragraph development, expressing opinions, persuasive writing, cause/effect, expository writing, descriptive writing, compare/contrast, reports, narration, and poetry. Chapters are extremely readable and interactive, interweaving paragraphs of instruction with short workbook activities. Students learn about the type of writing and the writing process, honing the individual skills necessary to compose a piece of writing. Readable chunks of text and an engaging writing style set this apart as a "manageable not overwhelming" writing course. The Teacher Guide provides objectives for the course, a summary of all writing assignments, detailed/specific grading grids, the 10-Minute Writing Plunge ideas by month, tips to help and inspire the student writer, tips to help the writer proofread his/her work, a substantial section on grading (with examples), and an answer key to the short exercises in the book. The Set includes both Student and Teacher books.

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This was recommended to me by a friend.
Jessica Y on May 26, 2022
Tried the sample and we loved it.
Claudia W on Oct 22, 2021
This was recommended to me by a friend.
Jessica Y on May 26, 2022
Trying something new as IEW is not working for us.
Alecia B on Dec 13, 2021
Tried the sample and we loved it.
Claudia W on Oct 22, 2021
I used the first version with an older child and was pleased with it.
User on Sep 12, 2021
had a friend recommend
Theresa C on Aug 22, 2021
It's tough to choose curriculum without being able to look through it. I have a very resistant to writing son & I'm hoping to engage him. Another comment which mentioned that a family that had tried different writing curriculum asked the son which was his favorite & he answered this one persuaded me to look further. I like that it covers the main types of writing & can be used as a 2 yr. curriculum. Lastly, I looked it up on Cathy Duffy's site & it turns out it's one of her top picks.
Ami V on Jul 29, 2021
This is a 2 year program with Christian content that looks user friendly and will get us through grades 7 and 8 and prepare us for high school level writing.
Kathleen M on Sep 23, 2020
recommended by friend
Ranice S on Sep 22, 2020
Brilliant Jump In! 1st edition for older child & this 2nd ed looks like some helpful improvements for a younger sibling. Sharon Watson seems to have an excellent series of exciting books to enthuse all levels of writing competency. Our older daughter is so looking forward to using her next book The Power in your Hands: Nonfiction Writing.
Jenny R on Aug 31, 2020
After a great deal of research my son (11yo) and I felt that Jump In! would be the best fit for our needs.
Olivia P on Aug 14, 2020
Highly recommended from another homeschooling family. Knowing they'd used different writing curriculum, I asked their 14 year old- Which writing curriculum did you like most? - He said this one! Looking forward to using with my middle schoolers this year.
Jennifer G on Jul 26, 2020
Have a reluctant writer hoping this will jump start a way to get the child writing.
Tamie D on Jul 16, 2020
Looking for an alternative to IEW for my 7th grader. I also wanted something that covered various types of essays, and this looked like a good combination of instruction and yet giving the student topic flexibility to keep them motivated.
Kelly W on Jul 16, 2020
I am hoping that this helps interest my children in English more.
Catherine C on Jul 14, 2020
I taught Jump In a couple of years ago (1st Edition) at my local co-op. I really enjoyed the curriculum, and now that my younger kids are older, I look forward to using the 2nd Edition to help improve their writing. The layout of the curriculum, it's easy going style, and the writing prompts are my favorite features.
Julia B on Jul 10, 2020
I have a very reluctant middle school writer, so I'm hoping this will help him.
Stacy J on Jun 12, 2020
Trying to help a reluctant writer get excited about writing. Reviews on line were promising.
susan w on Jun 3, 2020
We are new to Sharon Watson this year. I am excited to get my middle schooler in on this award winning curriculum which we will also begin using at our co-op this year.
Nicole M on May 22, 2020
We used the first edition and enjoyed it. (THE 1 st ED) simple, straight forward, little parent daily involvement. It was a good match for the self motivated child, nice stepping stone for her towards the independent study of high school. We did very little dedicated writing lessons prior to this book and it was not overwhelming or boring to the child. Hoping the 2nd edition is as good, if not better.
Dawn L on Apr 28, 2020
Online Reviews, purchased here for price
Elizabeth W on Feb 28, 2020
i homeschool, my son is dyslexic has auditory processing disorder and has a very difficult time coming up w/ his own sentences, coming up w/ writing ideas and putting them on paper so my hope is one of these two curriculums i picked will help, they were both recommended for his learning difficulties.
Veronica on Sep 18, 2019
Daughter picked this for writing.
Rebekah E on Sep 5, 2019
Recommended by Cathy Duffy.
Hilary S on Sep 2, 2019
I am looking for a writing curriculum that will be a good fit for my child. Hoping this is the perfect one.
Melinda W on Aug 21, 2019
Found recommended on Cathy Duffy's recommended homeschool books.
Theresa T on Mar 20, 2019
Currently need something different than IEW that will reengage my daughter in writing
User on Feb 19, 2019
Cathy Duffy Top Pick. Looking for an English Composition course that is easy for me, the homeschool mom, and my students.
Nicole K on Feb 5, 2019
A<br />A friend recommended this program
Jennifer F on Jan 15, 2019
Great Reviews!
Ben C on Nov 19, 2018
My child has successfully completed Analytical Grammar in two years and now needs to learn how to use those skills in writing and we needed something that would be fun and low pressure to start off with.
Scott D on Sep 27, 2018
It is out of stock everywhere else
Cheri F on Sep 5, 2018
Cathy Duffy and youtube reviews rate this product highly. We home school and hope this curriculum will prepare him for high school.
Marmee B on Sep 2, 2018
Heard good things about it.
Veronica K on Aug 28, 2018
I like the incremental process and the conversation style lessons. Rainbow Resource Center has the best prices!
Deborah R on Jul 30, 2018
I have a few reluctant writers in my house. This book seems to be very easy to understand and it looks fun, too!
Tamra K on Oct 31, 2017
Recommendation of a friend.
Misty L on Oct 26, 2017
help with reluctant writer
Beth H on Oct 9, 2017
I was able to look through a copy of this program and it looks like an excellent approach to teaching writing. It provides a good basis for different styles of writing with an emphasis on the big picture of how to construct a paragraph, rather than the nitty gritty of word choice. I also like that it gives the student some freedom to write what they want.
Melanie R on Aug 29, 2017
I liked that it taught writing in steps that were very understandable and not too much for my kids. Have started using it and really like the incremental approach.
Joanne C on Aug 29, 2017
highly recommended by an excellent graduate of homeschool writing.
Maria Rosario Z on Aug 24, 2017
good reviews
Lisa C on Aug 23, 2017
I choose this book to help my young writer learn to add creativity to the "book" he is writing.
Rebecca C on Aug 9, 2017
I'm looking for inspiration for working with my 7th and 8th grade students to help them improve their writing.
Frances I on Aug 1, 2017
Recommended by a friend
Kevin S on Jun 26, 2017
Great value in this bundle. Reviews lead me to try this curriculum for the first time.
Holly W on May 31, 2017
trying to find a writing curriculum for my 7th grader. He does not enjoy writing and I am trying to find something he will enjoy.
Brandi S on May 12, 2017
writing class for co-op, teacher's choice
Kimberly T on Apr 23, 2017
The current writing curriculum is not working out for my 7th grader. This curriculum got great reviews, and it was more affordable than other writing curriculums.
Terri W on Jan 31, 2017
It was recommended and I have a 5th grader who really struggles with writing.
Angela R on Jan 26, 2017
researched writing programs for struggling writer, also saw timberdoodle used
User on Sep 16, 2016
Trying something new as IEW is not working for us.
Alecia B on Dec 13, 2021
I used the first version with an older child and was pleased with it.
User on Sep 12, 2021
Does this newer edition mention abortion and homosexuality like the past edition? I believe it was in the persuasion section.
A shopper on Aug 22, 2021
BEST ANSWER: In addition to "abortion" as a possible topic suggestion, there is another place where they are describing a technique that can be used with a controversial topic the student feels strongly about. In this context "homesexual marriages" is listed as a "such as" along with abortion.
I have used the first edition of Jump In and am ready to purchase the student workbook for my next child. Will the 1st edition Teacher's Guide work with 2nd edition student workbook?
A shopper on Aug 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The changes between the 1st and 2nd edition were primarily in graphics and illustrations although you may find some rearrangement of material. If you're willing to be flexible, you will probably be able to use the old TG with the new workbook.
Is this material faith based?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, it is not faith based. However, it does not include any material oppositional to faith based views, except there is a section that suggests abortion as a possible topic. If you want faith-based writing material, I have really enjoyed the BJU Press English which includes writing. I think the writing process outlined in the BJU English is just as easy to follow as Jump In. I have used only the student book from BJU English and have not found the other items you can buy with it necessary for our purposes.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Enjoyable and Managable!
We tried a more costly program that was just not working for my son. This program is non intimidating and breaks skills down into managable parts. Who would have guessed that my son liked to write? I can see how proud he is of his work! Using for my 7th grader.
January 20, 2022
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This writing program is written to the student in a fun informal manner, which makes it easy and fun for my son to do writing independently. He loves this much more than other programs we have used.
October 6, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great for Reluctant Writers
I bought this curriculum for my 7th grader. He is very bright and loves math and science. Writing - not so much. I am also not terribly gifted in the writing department. I like that this curriculum breaks down the process into bite-sized pieces. It is also written to the student in an inviting way. There are plenty of helpful writing hints. He even said the other day - "This writing book is not too bad". That's a win!
February 3, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect and fun for middle school
I've used Jump In for 4 older kids and it was wonderful! One loved it so much she decided to write a book at 14 and then earn a BA in English. I use this for all my kids now in 6th/7th grade. This is my first time with the 2nd edition and I bet it's even better than the first!!!
May 30, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This program has completely changed my daughter's view of writing. We did IEW last year and she learned to hate writing. Now she loves it again. Jump In makes writing fun and very low-pressure -- yet she's learning so much great stuff. We're using this for 7th/8th grade, and I am already planning to use Sharon Watson's High School level too. Couldn't be happier!
September 15, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Worth every penny!
My son was in tears when he had to write. This curriculum is fun, easy to understand, and great for the frustrated writer.
Highly recommend!
October 13, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great writing curriculum!
My son is a reluctant writer. This curriculum is well written, easy to understand, and not overwhelming!
December 10, 2015
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Five-Star Rating, BUT...
This is a very good writing curriculum. I am very happy with the step-by-step method of teaching writing to my reluctant 6th and 8th graders. However, I was a bit displeased with the references made to abortion during the persuasive paper section. Although this is an important topic for Christian persuasive paper writers, I felt that using this as a persuasive example alongside another persuasive example of whether or not to build a local skate park was inappropriate. This curriculum is recommended for 5th- to 8th-grade students. Maybe if it had been aimed at 11th to 12th graders, I wouldn't feel so strongly. I realize that all families are different with the ages at which certain truths are taught. However, I still feel that moms need to be aware, especially if your students enjoy reading the instructions for themselves, that you might find yourself having lengthy, explanatory conversations with your younger children about a topic they might not be ready to understand. As you might have guessed, we hadn't "gone there" yet. I wish I would have know beforehand. At this time, I am unsure of any other occurrence outside of the persuasive paper section. Otherwise, a great curriculum for both teacher and student.
December 4, 2015
over 6 years ago

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