Friday, April 6, 2012

A Lesson in Writing



I sometimes sit and think about what profession Joey will actually choose.  He has expressed interest in different things.  Currently he is pondering a job as a chef.  But he can tell some wonderful stories.  So I started thinking about the possibility of him becoming a writer.  Writing though is extremely difficult for Joey. He has trouble putting his thoughts down onto paper or onto the computer screen.  And telling a story is quite a bit different than writing it down for someone to read.

So I was pretty excited to get a chance to check out this writing curriculum.  Write with World is a two-year writing program for middle school students (approximately grades 6-9 depending on amount of writing training the student has had) from the publishers of God's World News and WORLD magazine.

From the Write with World Website:
Write with World teaches the skills necessary for becoming an effective writer while encouraging students to step outside the vacuum. Young writers need to see models of excellent writing on a regular basis. They need to read materials produced by published authors, and they need to engage in conversations with writers. They need opportunities to practice using language with a purpose and without the stress of being graded. They need writing assignments that are timely and thought-provoking. They need readers. They need thoughtful response to their efforts.

Write with World concentrates on developing young writers and to teach children to express their thoughts and also facts in the correct way.   The writers of this program took a look at how they developed a love of writing and used those thoughts to help our children to gain that love of writing also.

We received Year One Curriculum student book and teacher/parent guide. These are the skills being introduced:

Table of Contents:




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 
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 lesson is broken down into Capsules.  These can be done daily in a journal.  The workbook introduces questions that really made Joey think.  Some of the questions made me think!!!

I admit that I face the challenge of making writing exciting.  Joey's short attention span does not help this issue.  He frustrates very easily when he is having a hard time getting his thoughts out and there is a long assignment.  I really liked that the lessons are laid out with questions all ready for me to ask him.  The illustrations and photos included are bright & colorful, and his kept his attention.  Each capsule served as a daily amount of work for him.  It did not require a large amount of time on the lessons that we were able to complete during our review period.  In fact, a couple of his assignments we did as blog posts on his personal blog.

Would I recommend this curriculum?  Yes without a doubt.  The short lessons and yet the extensive amount of information being taught is wonderful.  I do want to point out that the recommended grades are 6-9, and Joey should technically be in 6th grade.  This program was still a bit advanced for him, but he has several delays in areas that made it a bit overwhelming for him.  As your child's educator, you will know how advanced their writing is.  I am sure there are 4th and 5th grade students who would do well with this program, and on the other end of the spectrum, high schoolers that might find it challenging like Joey did.

The program is from the writers of Christian materials, but the curriculum does not read like your Bible.  It is very well rounded and does not push religious viewpoints that some homeschoolers may not share.  So it is an excellent choice for Christians and non-Christians alike.

The price alone is well worth it.  All of the information that is included, along with examples, well worth the cost of $95.00 for Year One or both years for only $165.00.  You can also use this program with multiple levels by changing up the assignments slightly.  Or you could just purchase one curriculum pack for your family to share.  So another cost saver for those tight budgets.

Check out what other Crew Mates thought of this writing program.


*****Disclaimer......I received Write with World Year One free of charge for the sole purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The views I have expressed are my own and are real experiences with my family. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255>:"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

1 comment:

  1. Sounds interesting! I must say I also love the new look Renita!! XOXO