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

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


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What do you do when your children are in middle school, looking towards their more intensive high school years, and they already loathe writing? Don't worry - it's not too late to turn 'em around and prepare them for high school writing. This program from Apologia takes writing and breaks it up into tasty little bites that even writing-haters may begin to enjoy. The student book covers prewriting skills, expressing opinions, persuasive writing, expository writing, descriptive writing, narration, and poetry. Chapters are extremely readable and interactive, interweaving paragraphs of instruction with short workbook activities. The first chapter (on prewriting) takes a little survey of the student, asking what writing assignments are difficult for them, which are the easiest for them, what types of writing they enjoy, and what about writing is hard. Then, they answer some other fun questions about their writing preferences and attitudes, and learn how to brainstorm. The following chapter on opinions is just as interactive and personal, and takes the student from expressing their personal preferences on songs, games and food to learning how to organize a short essay expressing their opinion on anything. In this method, the student tackles writing in appealing chunks. After "testing the water" in the first two chapters, they're ready to jump into persuasive writing. After thinking of several topics that they feel strongly about, students decide what they want to convince their reader of and then sharpen their skills with several short exercises that are not directly related to their future persuasive paper. When they come back to the paper, they start composing it piece by piece, focusing first on the opening, then on the conclusion, and then on supporting reasons. Other skills and activities related to the assignmanet are also incorporated before they write their full persuasive paper. These include analyzing a student example of persuasive writing, learning the finer points of addressing an audience, and how to strengthen their supported view. Cause-and-effect persuasion, expository and narrative writing are covered in the same way. Students learn about the type of writing, hone individual skills necessary to compose a piece of writing, and then write a complete piece at the end of each chapter. Full-color printing, readable chunks of text, fun graphics, and an engaging writing style set this aside as a "manageable - not overwhelming" writing course.

The teacher's manual provides objectives for the course, a summary of all writing assignments, tips to help and inspire the student writer, tips to helping the writer proofread his/her work, a substantial section on grading (with examples), the 10-Minute Writing Plunges program, and an answer key to the short exercises in the book. The 10-Minute Writing Plunges program is basically a system of prompts for four days each week from September to May. Every week, you will give the student a prompt on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. After you give them the prompt, they will write on the topic for ten minutes, and then put it away. At the end of the week, the student chooses their favorite paper, proofreads and edits it, and then turns it in the next Monday. Prompts are engaging and thought-provoking, and the student may even begin to look forward to "Plunge"-time! The 10-Minute Writing Plunges program can be used as a break from Jump In! or as another year's worth of writing instruction and activities. I think that reluctant and hesitant writers (and their parents) will find that the format, approach, and coverage of this program are "just right." - Jess

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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
Recommended by Cathy Duffy.
Hilary S on Sep 2, 2019
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
Because I really enjoy reading her website and I use her articles to teach our children.
Wayne M on Sep 7, 2016
It's a Cathy Duffy pick. It looks like what I need to get my 7th grader to write.
Lori P on Aug 10, 2016
I liked a review and preview I saw on the internet. It specifically covers what I wanted to focus on teaching my middle school student.
Katrina B on Aug 5, 2016
I follow Sharon Watson's blog and a friend uses it.
Laurie M on Apr 27, 2016
It was recommended on Cathy Duffy's website, and it looks extremely user friendly for homeschoolers who don't enjoy writing.
Stephanie S on Mar 21, 2016
Brenda E on Mar 1, 2016
This book is great! It walks the kids through writing one step at a time and breaks it into manageable pieces. The topics are fun and it's great for all ages. Wonderful for students that don't like writing.
Stephanie S on Feb 22, 2016
My daughter thought this looked much better to her than her current writing course!
Ashley L on Feb 15, 2016
Easy to follow writing curriculum at a good price.
Summer A on Jan 11, 2016
My daughter is a reluctant writer. I was looking for something encouraging but not too overwhelming. So far, it's going well with Jump In.
Bonnie M on Dec 21, 2015
I have a couple of children, who stress about writing (particularly to a timed test). I haven't tried this curriculum, but it sounds like it covers many areas that I'd like to cover.
Dean B on Dec 12, 2015
My two middle school students looked over this writing curriculum and both are excited to do it. One of the key features that they really enjoy is the list of writing prompts in the teachers guide. This curriculum has flexibility and does not seem overwhelming to my reluctant writers.
Theresa J on Nov 11, 2015
Daughter picked this for writing.
Rebekah E on Sep 5, 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
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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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
1 year ago
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 3 years ago
Great writing curriculum!
My son is a reluctant writer. This curriculum is well written, easy to understand, and not overwhelming!
December 10, 2015
over 4 years ago
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 4 years ago

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