WriteShop Junior FAQ

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How long does it take to complete one WriteShop Junior level?

Each book has 10 lessons. When following the Three-Week Plan, most families finish one book in a school year. Activities vary from day to day, but you can expect to spend 30-45 minutes per day working 3 days per week.

Is there a lot of prep involved?

You’ll gather basic materials and do simple preparation for each lesson, such as cutting apart activity cards. Because Advance Prep text boxes are clearly marked, it’s easy to do this days or even weeks ahead. Most parents spend up to 30 minutes per 3-week lesson on preparation (less than 10 minutes per week). To save time, purchase a Time-Saver Pack of sturdy, ready-made props instead of creating your own game cards, spinners, and other tools for various activities.

Is it parent-intensive?

Because successful writing results from intentional instruction, we created WriteShop Junior with parent-and-child partnership in mind, so plan to be closely involved with your child. Activities are designed for the two of you to work on together. For instance, you’ll play writing games together and guide your child through planning, writing, and editing. Children can work more independently during some of the writing in Books E and F.

Should my 3rd grader use WriteShop Junior Book D or WriteShop Primary Book C?

While either is fine, a struggling 8-year-old might gain more confidence using WriteShop Primary Book C. When teaching two kids together, choose Book C if they’re 8 and younger. Go with Book D if they’re 8 and older. Either way, activities called Smaller Steps and Flying Higher let you easily tailor lessons when children function at different levels.

We are new to WriteShop. Can my 5th grader start with Book E?

Definitely! When a child is ready for the skills taught in Book E, you won’t have to do Book D first. Don’t fret about “holes” in their writing experience. Relax knowing that because WriteShop is a cyclical program, anything important from previous books will show up again in future levels.

My child has some learning challenges. Would WriteShop Junior work for us?

WriteShop Junior lessons appeal to multiple modalities (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic). So hands-on learners and children with mild to moderate learning difficulties—including ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and dysgraphia—can gain confidence and experience success. They’ll benefit from clear boundaries; short, specific assignments; tasks broken into bite-size chunks; frequent repetition and practice; and skill-building games that require no writing—all core features of WriteShop Junior. Also, you can easily tailor each lesson to meet your child’s needs.

Does WriteShop Junior teach grammar?

The 2-part Activity Pack has a component called Fold-N-Go Grammar. Printed on brightly colored paper, pages form 10 lapbook-style grammar and writing guides. Each focuses on a different skill such as parts of speech, self-editing, dialogue, or sentences. Learning or reviewing grammar becomes fun because of the simple rules, examples, and clever practice exercises.

Fold-N-Go Grammar is not a comprehensive grammar program. Activities introduce and review grammar rules but don’t give enough practice to qualify as a full-blown course. Therefore, most parents and teachers use these to introduce new skills or supplement their current grammar curriculum.

To see what each Fold-N-Go Grammar Pack covers, visit the store page for Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3. Then scroll down and click the Scope & Sequence tab.

I’m planning on teaching two children together. Are the workbook pages reproducible?

Each child needs an Activity Pack. You can either buy one per student, or you can buy one and make copies for the second childThe Fold-N-Go portion of the Activity Pack is printed on brightly colored paper and may not reproduce well. So even if you use only one Activity Pack with two children, you may still wish to buy an extra Level 1 or Level 2 Fold-N-Go Grammar Pack for the second child.

Can I teach WriteShop Junior using just the student Activity Pack?

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to teach WriteShop Junior without a Teacher’s Guide because the Activity Pack has no writing instructions. It contains dozens of graphic organizers, journal pages, editing checklists, and other worksheets. These support lesson instructions and make them practical. To explain each genre to your kids and actually teach them to plan, write, edit, and publish a story or report, you’ll need both the Teacher’s Guide and Activity Pack.