Tuesday, May 22, 2012

WriteShop {Crew Review}

WriteShop is an incremental writing program that helps inspire successful writers from Elementary through High School.  Writeshop is an award-winning curriculum that allows homeschooling parents to teach writing with confidence.  Step-by-step lessons provide students with the skills needed to build the writing processes of pre-writing, brainstorming, writing and revising, while allowing the teacher to help edit and evaluate a students work.

For this review, we were sent WriteShop Primary B, Teachers guide and Student Activity Pack.  This curriculum was really easy to get started with right from the shipping package.  The Teacher's guide is thorough with lessons already set up for you, yet still allowing for changes as needed to fit your style and your students.  After the introduction, a section on schedule planning is provided to help you with these needs.  You can set up lessons for one to three weeks depending on what you'd like and what your student is able to complete.  WriteShop can be used with younger or older students with no problems too!  

A brief description of needed supplies and materials is also provided before the lesson plans begin, as well as a section on how to create a Writing Center for your lessons.  Suggestions for both a portable system and a semi-permanent system can be found here and how to best equip your center for your writers needs.  

The next section of the Teacher's Guide discusses how to teach lessons using WriteShop.  Lesson focus, theme and objectives are covered within this section.  Materials, Advance Prep and Before You Begin suggestions are also provided here.  Then ideas for hands-on projects, activities, and daily guided writing practice are also provided, as well as information on how to use the Activity Set Worksheets with your student(s), prewriting activities and teaching brainstorming.  This Welcome Section continues to discuss Writing Projects, Revision and Editing, Publication and Evaluation of a students work.  

The next section of WriteShop Primary B is called Before You Begin Book B.  In it pointers are shared, as well as suggested activities.  As you can see this book covers many needed aspects for the beginning homeschool teacher in Writing.

Lessons begin with Writing a Letter, Standard Spelling and Acrostics continuing to learning about Poems and Nursery Rhymes, News, Humor and much much more!  Activities begin with a lesson focus provided in bold at the top of the lesson.  Then objectives are provided, a list of advanced prep needs, and materials.  Each lesson plan provides project ideas and scheduling ideas pertaining to the provided lesson.  Then the lesson activities begin.

At the end of the book an appendix is provided sharing materials and supplies for lessons, lesson specific supplies, extra publishing ideas and picture book suggestions for lessons.  An appendix is also provided for finding specific lessons for specific needs.  

I must honestly say that WriteShop is one of my favorite curriculums thus far.  The lessons are thorough but simple enough for my struggling readers to be able to complete without frustration.  The lessons are also perfect for the grade level provided and a lot of material is covered within the pages of the curriculum.  The material cost is not too high and the enjoyment of learning is well worth the cost.  My children loved reviewing this product and have learned a lot in the few weeks we have been using it.  This will be one product we will be adding into our daily and yearly homeschooling.

This product is available through WriteShop online at various prices for various levels.  WriteShop Primary B is priced at $29.95 for the Teacher's Guide in Print Edition or $26.95 for the eBook download of the Teacher's Edition.  The Student Materials, Activity Set Worksheet Pack is $4.95 for print and $4.50 for download.  These sheets are reproducible to be used with more than one student.

As a Special Discount, WriteShop is providing Crew Blog Readers with an offer of 15% off of any WriteShop Primary or Junior products in the WriteShop Store, eBooks included!  Use the code CREW15 at checkout through June 15, 2012 to receive your product with 15% off the purchase price!!

For more reviews of this product, please visit the TOS Homeschool Review Crew Blog!!

*Disclaimer - This product was provided to me FREE in exchange for Review by WriteShop and the TOS Homeschool Review Crew.  No money was exchanged in the process of writing this review.


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