Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Write With World ~ Middle School Writing ~ A Review.

Please tell me I am not alone in having a middle school child that doesn’t enjoy writing. 

I was fairly nervous to review Write with World which is a new Middle School aged writing curriculum brought to you by World Magazine and God’s World News because my son hates writing so much!

Write with World doesn’t go about the traditional way I have seen writing being taught. It goes about writing as a form of communication. (Isn’t that what writing is?) It works on really engaging the student and then teaching them how to be a better writer. 


Year one consists of 4 units, broken down into 4 lessons broken down into 5 capsules.  Each capsule is one lesson. So each lesson would last one week doing a capsule a day. 


Lesson 1: Reading Images and Advertisements
Lesson 2: Comparative Reading: Sentences
Lesson 3: Comparative and Critical Reading: Paragraphs
Lesson 4: Critical Reading: Essays


Lesson 1: The Paragraph
Lesson 2: Composing and Linking Sentences
Lesson 3: Creating Focus and Arranging Ideas
Lesson 4: Linking Paragraphs: Transitions and Logic


Lesson 1: Reporting Facts
Lesson 2: Creating Character
Lesson 3: Developing Ideas with Specificity o the
Lesson 4: Writing Autobiography


Lesson 1: Developing a Point of View
Lesson 2: Showing vs. Telling
Lesson 3: Narrative with a Purpose
Lesson 4: Writing a Fictional Narrative

Each capsule has engaging activities.  You look up about one word each capsule in a dictionary. 

I used this with my two older children, and while We have only done a few lessons, (remember, they are reluctant writers). They have enjoyed the lessons we have done.  The size of the capsules has been just right.  They get enough to learn, but not so much they get burned out or overwhelmed.

I love that this is a much gentler approach to writing then we have been used to.  It is really helping my children be interested in writing. 

You can try a sample lesson here

Year one of this two year curriculum is $95 which includes the teachers edition as well as the students edition.  The student does their writing in a notebook of choice. That makes this curriculum easily reusable with other children.

There are also bundle discounts available.

In edition to the curriculum you will need a decent dictionary and thesaurus (which every home should have in my opinion) as well as a few household item, (ex: highlighters, timers, a writers journal which is a notebook)

I received a pilot edition of year one.

To see what others though of this check out this post. To see a wide variety of reviews check out our crew blog.

Disclosure: As a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew I review products like this, which I receive for free in order to be able to share my honest opinion.

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