WriteShop I Set with References

WriteShop I Set with References

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Grades: 5-12

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.




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
5
Grade End
12
Format
Product Bundle
Brand Name
Rainbow Resource Center
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I have used it before and really enjoyed the writing assignments.
Conniejo B on Aug 21, 2019
Sara, one of your Reps, came to our HSAP and recommended it.
User on May 22, 2019
I have used it before and really enjoyed the writing assignments.
Conniejo B on Aug 21, 2019
I needed a really good writing program for my 14 yr old so I did my research. I like the way this one is a step by step program. Homeschool Moms were praising how organised and easy to use it is. Hopefully it works for us!!
Tammy P on Jul 23, 2019
Sara, one of your Reps, came to our HSAP and recommended it.
User on May 22, 2019
I purchased WriteSop based on the good reviews and it appears to teach skills my children need.
Mary S on Oct 24, 2018
Recommended to me at a Homeschool Conference. My son has LD, ADHD, and HFA. He needs step by step writing instructions on how to write.
Ashley B on Sep 11, 2018
I did some research and found great reviews from several homeschool moms blogs. I liked what they had to say about how it drew their child's interest. The part I liked most about the reviews I read were the results of the program and how their children's appreciation to write grew.
Lia W on Sep 1, 2017
Been wanting to try this platform in our classroom with Shurley English. Heard great things!
Donel L on Aug 10, 2017
good program, good deal
Eva Y on Jun 9, 2017
reviews from homeschool community and online reviews
Andrea M on May 4, 2017
I used this year's ago with my daughter who is now an English major and Assistant Writing Instructor at her college. She credits her ability to Writeshop!
Edie J on Aug 11, 2016
Had great luck with WriteShop Junior.
Cheryl G on May 3, 2016
It looks like a user-friendly writing curriculum
Kathryn F on Oct 14, 2015
I needed a really good writing program for my 14 yr old so I did my research. I like the way this one is a step by step program. Homeschool Moms were praising how organised and easy to use it is. Hopefully it works for us!!
Tammy P on Jul 23, 2019
I purchased WriteSop based on the good reviews and it appears to teach skills my children need.
Mary S on Oct 24, 2018
Is the copywork & dictation book secular?
User on Mar 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi, yes it is. I think we have done the first 7 and it’s been portions of, Little women, the velveteen rabbit, the Declaration of Independence (I think), the jungle book.
Does this curriculum have faith based material in it?
A shopper on Dec 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There is some faith based material in this curriculum but it is not a major part of it. The first instance I came across was in lesson 10 about writing a short biography. The examples provided included a paragraph on Abraham, Mighty Man if God but also had an example using Christopher Columbus, Famous Explorer. The student is free to pick any historical figure they would like for their assignment. Another instance is in lesson 15 concerning first person POV. The assignment is to rewrite the story of David and Goliath as a first person narrative using any of the characters the student chooses. If this, is something you are hoping to avoid, the assignment could easily be modified using any well-known story. The example used in this lesson was Peter Rabbit. You could actually even use Peter Rabbit as both the example and the assignment by simply choosing a different character each time.
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 I Set with References
WriteShop I Set with References
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
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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This is my first year teaching and using this kit. I’m doing the 3 year plan. I’m half way through the lessons for the year. I think it’s been fine so far. On the secular which might appeal to more people. There is a check list and in a section it says, is my paper edifying to the Lord and others, and that is the extent of religious.
I still haven’t found a use for the reference book.
Navigating through it all is hard because there is so much information. Sometimes it’s not until after a lesson I come across a page that was related. I have so many sticky notes for that reason. It’s a 2-3 year lesson plan so I’ll be better prepared next 2 years and maybe re organize to fit my needs in a bigger binder.
I like the copy/dictation work samples of, the Declaration of Independence, the jungle book, little women, velveteen rabbit, among others.
March 12, 2020
Purchased
10 months ago
Great Writing Program
I love this curriculum. It really has everything laid out clearly and is easy to understand. It gives guidance on how to grade the work also, which is such a help. I appreciate the organization of it and am using it with my reluctant (14 year old autistic) writer. So far, it's going well!
September 15, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago


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