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Choose a Level | WriteShop I and II

WriteShop I and II comprise a parent-participation writing curriculum for students in middle and high school. These placement guidelines will help you choose the exact starting level when using WriteShop I or II.

WriteShop I

Target range: 12- to 15-year-olds

Start with WriteShop I if your teen needs to learn how to:

WriteShop is a parent-participation writing curriculum for middle and high school. Choose the best starting level for WriteShop I or II.
  • Generally hone writing skills
  • Narrow a broad topic to a specific topic
  • Brainstorm before writing
  • Develop stronger, well-constructed sentences
  • Write a strong paragraph
  • Choose concrete words over vague, weak ones
  • Improve use of punctuation
  • Identify and correctly use parts of speech in writing
  • Use more mature and varied sentences in writing
  • Write with more detail and description
  • Write to explain
  • Correctly use voice and tense in narrative writing
  • Understand omniscience and limited omniscience in narrative writing
  • Improve self-editing techniques to correct and revise compositions

If your older teen is already experienced and confident in these areas, consider WriteShop II instead.

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WriteShop II  

Target Range: 13- to 17-year-olds

WriteShop II is a continuation of WriteShop I, so students who have successfully completed WriteShop I can move right into WriteShop II. WriteShop II is a good option for 15-17-year-olds who have a solid foundation in paragraph writing and experience with descriptive, informative, and narrative writing.

Start with WriteShop II if your teen needs to learn how to:

Writeshop II 5th Edition Front
  • Write a basic but solid 5-paragraph essay in which they adequately develop several main points with details, facts, examples, and logic
  • Write an effective timed essay in 30 minutes
  • Experience writing different kinds of essays: opinion essays, compare/contrast essays, and essays that describe or define
  • Use descriptive narration
  • Use narrative voice and different points of view in their writing
  • Understand propaganda in writing
  • Write to persuade
  • Improve use of writing vocabulary
  • Improve content and build more complex sentences
  • Use parallel sentence construction
  • Write more concisely
  • Use appositives, participial phrases, subordinating conjunctions, and other parts of speech to develop well-structured, mature-sounding sentences

Older teens who are already skilled and confident in these areas may not need WriteShop.

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