WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Set (Teacher Manual and Workbook 1) 4th Edition

WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Set (Teacher Manual and Workbook 1) 4th Edition

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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.




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.



Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
6
Grade End
10
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
WriteShop
Weight
3.45 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 9.62" x 1.25"
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It looks like a solid writing program
Jodi S on Aug 6, 2019
I've used it before. Excellent!
Joesph S on Mar 4, 2019
It looks like a solid writing program
Jodi S on Aug 6, 2019
Researched many writing programs for my dyslexic 7th grader. This program was highly recommended by a friend. After looking it over, it seems like it will be a perfect fit for my daughter. We are also using the video course companion. My daughter loved the sample video lesson and is excited to begin.
User on Jul 25, 2019
I've used it before. Excellent!
Joesph S on Mar 4, 2019
Recommended by Homeschooling With Dyslexia, plan to use with my high school freshman this year.
User on Aug 21, 2018
Came highly recommended. Planning to use it with my homeschool co-op.
Joel S on Apr 10, 2018
homeschool writing course
Amy A on Dec 13, 2016
I am an educational therapist working with students individually and am looking for a structured concrete way of teaching writing.
Blossom Z on Aug 18, 2016
My older children are taking a writing class next year, and the instructor uses the Writeshop curriculum. I want them to have a head start so they are familiar with the material.
Traci R on Mar 11, 2016
I needed a program that would help me teach writing. I'm excited about the reviews of this program.
Janna N on Feb 14, 2016
Cathy Duffy plus other internet positive reviews
laura m on Feb 11, 2016
I have been looking for a good writing program and this seems like it would be what would work for us.
Angela S on Dec 16, 2015
Researched many writing programs for my dyslexic 7th grader. This program was highly recommended by a friend. After looking it over, it seems like it will be a perfect fit for my daughter. We are also using the video course companion. My daughter loved the sample video lesson and is excited to begin.
User on Jul 25, 2019
Recommended by Homeschooling With Dyslexia, plan to use with my high school freshman this year.
User on Aug 21, 2018
is this a secular curriculum?
A shopper on Jan 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Is curriculum is a gentle approach to teach writing skills. The checklist for the student includes the question: "Is my topic and choice of words pleasing to the Lord?" But the writing assignments are not focused on God, the Bible, godly character, or Christian principles. The assignments focus on describing different things: a person, a pet, food, etc., writing a report, a biography, an essay, a narrative, etc. I and my son are enjoying this curriculum more than any other we've done.
How teacher intensive is this program?
A shopper on Mar 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: For my family it really depended on how much writing knowledge they had. My 9th grader only needs me to look at her final draft and maybe explain some of the new concepts they want in the papers. But they show lots of examples so it was very few that I showed her.
My 7th grader needed more help because we had never written anything other than narrations. But we’re almost through and he’s getting the hang of it now. I have to remind him to add the “extras” in his paper. So for us, the skill builders were simple. No help needed. When writing the paper, oldest needed zero help but the younger just needed me to explain the topics. Maybe one on one help 10 minutes a day once he completed the paper. And that was just to fine tune it, taking out linking verbs and using action verbs, adding prepositions and appositives, etc.
I will use this one again with him next year but move my daughter to the write shop ii level.
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: Incremental Writing Program Set (Teacher Manual and Workbook 1) 4th Edition
WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Set (Teacher Manual and Workbook 1) 4th Edition
WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Workbook 1 - 4th Edition
WriteShop: Incremental Writing Program Workbook 1 - 4th Edition
WriteShop I Set with References
WriteShop I Set with References
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.
I am trying to understand what comes with this package. It says Teacher Manual and Workbook 1. The picture shows the Teacher's Manual is for Levels 1 and 2. Is this correct? Thx!
A shopper on Mar 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Teacher's Manual for this program is a combined volume and covers both Levels 1 and 2. This package, however, only includes the first of the Student Workbooks. When ready you will need to purchase #2474, Workbook 2.
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