WriteShop Junior FAQ

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

Each book has 10 lessons. 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 will need to gather basic materials and do some simple preparation for each lesson, such as cutting apart activity cards. Advance Prep text boxes are clearly marked, making it easy to do this days or even weeks ahead. Most parents tell us they spend up to 30 minutes per 3-week lesson on preparation (less than 10 minutes per week). To save time, you may purchase a Time-Saver Pack of sturdy, ready-made props instead of creating and assembling your own game cards, spinners, and other tools for many of the activities.

Is it parent-intensive?

Successful writing results from purposeful instruction. That’s why WriteShop Junior has been created with a parent-and-child partnership in mind. Activities are not meant for the child to do alone, but are designed for the two of you to work on together. Depending on day’s assignment, you will model, play writing games with your child, or guide him through planning, writing, and editing.

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

Either one is fine, though a reluctant 8-year-old might gain more confidence using WriteShop Primary Book C. When teaching two children together, choose Book C if they’re 8 and younger, and choose Book D if they’re 8 and older. Either way, activities called Smaller Steps and Flying Higher let you quickly and easily tailor lessons to children who are functioning at different levels.

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

Definitely! If a child is ready for the skills taught in Book E, there is no need to do Book D first—even if you worry that their writing experience has “holes.” You can relax knowing that because WriteShop is a cyclical program, anything of importance from previous books will be reintroduced in future levels.

My child has some learning challenges. Would WriteShop Junior be a good fit?

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. These students 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—components that are core features of WriteShop Junior. Plus, each lesson may easily be tailored to meet your child’s needs.

Does WriteShop Junior teach grammar?

The 2-part Activity Pack includes a component called Fold-N-Go Grammar. Printed on brightly colored paper, the pages get assembled into 10 lapbook-style grammar and writing guides, each devoted to a different skill such as parts of speech, punctuation, self-editing, and reference tools. Simple rules, clever examples, and engaging practice exercises make learning or reviewing grammar fun.

Fold-N-Go Grammar is not a comprehensive grammar program. Activities introduce and review grammar rules but do not offer enough practice to qualify as a full-blown course. Most parents and teachers use these as an introduction to grammar or to 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 childNote that the Fold-N-Go portion of the Activity Pack (see right) 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 simply contains dozens of graphic organizers, journal pages, editing checklists, and other worksheets that support the lesson instructions and make them practical. To explain each genre to your child and actually teach him how to plan, write, edit, and publish his story or report, both the Teacher’s Guide and Activity Pack are necessary.