When I first pulled out this new writing curriculum for my daughter she started kicking and screaming. Not literally, mind you. She is too mature for that. I sat down the second day with her to work out the first day’s lesson together. As it turned out, she just didn’t like the picture she was asked to write about. At all. In fact, she hated it! That’s a simple fix. We just turned a few pages and found a different picture that she could relate to and write about. Since then, I haven’t gotten one word of complaint and I am really liking what I see in her work. As an added bonus, I am working through the materials myself. I really enjoy the presentation and perspective of this curriculum. I know Write With World is going to make both of us better writers.
“Write With World aims ot produce young writers who love writing, can write effectively, and intelligently share ideas, beliefs, and their worldview. We hope to support a generation of young believers who aspoire to use their writing skills in the service of God’s Kingdom and explain effectively the reasons for their beliefs.” (Write WithWorld Teacher’s Guide, General Introduction)
I find the lessons in Write With World to be engaging and straightforward enough that students can work through the materials on their own with good results. I go over my daughter’s work (Writer’s Journal) every few days to make sure she is understanding the concepts of each capsule and completing quality work. The book is written for middle grades students with varied writing experience. The first assignments are very gentle (write five questions about this picture.) However, the book moves at a quick pace towards more intense writing. Towards the middle of the second unit, students are given five steps to improve character descriptions and end with a well-written paragraph of 5 to 7 sentences. At the end of the book, students are writing stories, using outlines, rough drafts, and revision.
The teacher’s guide has an overview of each unit, and suggestions for how to help your student. These change for each unit and are incremental ways to focus on improvement. I love these! Here are some examples. Unit One: Conference Regularly, Encourage Specificity, Use Low Stakes Evaluation methods. Unit Two: Specifically, Encourage, Emphasize Taking Chances over Correctness, Provide an Audience. Of course, each of these comes with a full explanation and instructions in the teacher’s guide. Each Unit has four lessons, and each lesson has five capsules. Some lessons can be completed in one week, but towards the end of the book lessons will take two weeks or more. With a total of 4 units, that is 80 lessons and a full year of study. The cost is $95 per year, which includes a student book, teacher book, and annual web access, or $165 if purchasing both year one and two together (four books, two years of web access).
My Bottom Line: We are using this and will continue using it with my oldest (age 13). I plan to finish working through it myself. My 11 year old will start using it in September. I love this writing curriculum. One of my favorite things about it is that the student is asked to think about what they believe and learn to communicate their beliefs effectively. This is so key to the Christian life, and so very important for personal success as well!
Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew team, I received this product (teacher’s guide and student book) at no cost to me in exchange for an honest review on my blog. Here you have it! All opinions expressed are my own. If you want to know what other’s thought of Write With World, you can read the reviews here.