WriteShop I offers incremental lessons, challenging assignments, and creative activities for teens.
Students improve descriptive, informative, and narrative writing skills by becoming proficient in four vital techniques: brainstorming, drafting, editing, and revising. Not only do students learn to narrow their topics and choose vivid, descriptive wording, they learn to add interest to their writing by varying their sentence structure.
Each lesson’s Skill Builder introduces new writing tools, which students have the opportunity to apply during future lessons. This “Learn-Practice-Do” approach helps ensure mastery.
WriteShop I Student Workbook includes
- 16 lessons (most students complete the book in one year, two weeks per lesson)
- Step-by-step instructions for each lesson, written to the student
- Creative and varied writing assignments and supplemental activities
- Skill Builders that teach and reinforce new concepts
- Lesson-specific student and teacher checklists (one per lesson)
- Composition evaluation rubrics (one per lesson)
- 17 exhaustive word banks
To see an overview of WriteShop I content, click the Scope & Sequence tab above.
Though ideal for most 6th-10th graders, WriteShop I works successfully with older high schoolers who need to learn these skills. The program’s incremental nature also makes it an excellent option for teens with learning challenges.
In most cases, it is recommended that students complete WriteShop I before beginning WriteShop II.
A good thesaurus is essential for WriteShop students. The Synonym Finder [affiliate link] is our favorite thesaurus, and we highly recommend it for use with the WriteShop program.
If purchasing the E-BOOK (digital) version
You will receive an email containing a link to the digital download of the Student Workbook. One-sided printing is recommended.
Teacher’s Manual for WriteShop I and II
WriteShop I is not a stand-alone book. The Teacher’s Manual provides parents and teachers with the tools they need to teach both WriteShop I and WriteShop II. This critical resource contains many instructional activities needed for introducing or explaining key concepts. These materials are NOT always present in the student book.
We recommend that you purchase WriteShop I as part of the Basic Set, but you may also purchase the Teacher’s Manual separately. For your convenience, WriteShop I is also available in a Starter Bundle.
Each child will need his or her own student workbook. You may purchase one WriteShop I workbook per student, or you may duplicate certain pages according to these policies:
- Permission is granted to reproduce worksheet pages and rubrics for single-family use only.
- You do not have permission to reproduce read-only pages (pages not intended to be written on).
- To make copies of the entire student workbook (single-family use only), purchase the e-book (digital) version.
- Co-ops and schools may NOT make copies. Please contact WriteShop regarding educational discounts and site-licensing information.
Kim Kautzer and Debra Oldar
6th-10th grade; may also be used with 11th graders w/little or no writing experience
Looseleaf pages; 3-hole punched, Paperback, Consumable workbook
Yes, you'll need both teacher and student components
Teacher's Manual for WriteShop I & II, Copying & Dictation Exercises
WriteShop I & II contain occasional Bible verses or mentions of God
What Parents Are Saying…
Thank you again for such a spectacular curriculum. My kids love it and I love the results!
Coleen, homeschooling parent
This program has taken the frustration out of teaching my son to write. He knows exactly what is expected of him and I know exactly how to correct his work. He enjoys writing now!
Rhonda, homeschooling parent
First paragraph my son wrote was breathtaking! [He] does not like writing. At all. We’ve struggled all year long with it, and I’ve had no idea how to even grade it, and what his 7th grade expectations were. This program makes it all crystal clear. From the brainstorming exercises, to the actual end product, I am very pleased.
A. Rollins, homeschooling parent
Your curriculum is fabulous! We love it. Our son has really progressed tremendously.
My children are using your program this year … and I must tell you how impressed my husband and I have been with their progress! We were especially surprised at how our son’s vocabulary and writing skills have improved. The changes began to appear after the very first section! We have been searching for a writing program that was homeschool friendly, and after trying many different programs we have found yours to be the best.
Write Shop has been a wonderful program for us. I don’t think my dyslexic daughter would have ever learned to write without it!
Thank you, WriteShop, for giving my daughter the tools she needed for a successful college experience.
Quality in every lesson gives this program a push above so many others out there. I really appreciate the Skill Builders that teach what will be expected in the composition. It’s this ‘learn, practice, use’ approach that brings out the quality.
Nancy S., Michigan
We’ve been faithfully following all the steps with Write Shop and I have to say that I’m thrilled to see the method’s sticking.
Diane Allen, Diane Allen Homeschool Reviews
For the first time since I started homeschooling 8 years ago, [I’m] able to help my children learn to write efficiently, clearly, creatively, effectively … I think it’s the most parent and child friendly writing program out there! I wish I had been taught this way! I can’t rave enough about this program … My son’s first final draft paragraph was written beautifully. I was amazed at the talent my son seems to have found within due to this program!
My oldest loves words and flowery long sentences—so much so that she loses her meaning in the process. WriteShop helped her think about each word she used. It forced a disciplined structure.
My eldest daughter is in college and while writing her first composition, she thanked me for providing her with Write Shop. She says that with your program she has learned to write with ease.
Scope & Sequence
WriteShop I: Fundamentals of Writing
Lesson 1a Introducing WriteShop Concrete Writing/Using a Thesaurus
Lesson 1b Describing an Object Concrete Writing/The Writing Process
Lesson 2 Describing a Pet Conciseness/Choosing Synonyms
Lesson 3 Describing a Person Paired Adjectives/Editing
Lesson 4 Describing a Circus Performer Concrete Writing/Topic Sentences
Lesson 5 Describing a Food Sensory Description
Lesson 6 Describing a Season Similes/Limiting Narration
Lesson 7 Describing a Place Present Participles
Lesson 8 Explaining a Process Informative Writing/Sequencing
Lesson 9 Writing a Factual Report Informative Reports/Avoiding Plagiarism
Lesson 10 Writing a Concise Biography Conciseness/Appositives/Adverb Phrases
Lesson 11 Introducing Journalism Writing a News Article
Lesson 12 Writing a Narrative of an Emotional Event Narratives/Prepositions
Lesson 13 Writing a Narrative of Another Person’s Experience Conducting an Interview
Lesson 14 First-Person Point of View Point of View/Personification
Lesson 15 First-Person Point of View Limited Omniscience/Tense
Lesson 16 Third-Person Point of View Omniscience/Past Participles