What's new in the 5th edition?
- Faith-neutral content
- Updated, streamlined introduction
- Updated content in some lessons
- Updated answer keys
- Updated parent-friendly schedules
- Improved, high-resolution quality
With the Teacher's Manual for WriteShop I & II, you'll confidently teach descriptive, informative, narrative, and persuasive writing. Lesson plans cover BOTH WriteShop I and WriteShop II, including discussion ideas, pre-writing activities, thorough explanations, and plenty of student samples. Teachers and homeschool parents alike will find many other helpful teacher resources in this idea-packed book.
The Teacher's Manual helps ensure success of the program. Without it, the student workbooks lose much of their effectiveness. Only one-quarter of the TM contains lesson plans. The remainder of the handy, tab-divided manual is devoted to helping you learn to effectively edit and evaluate your students' writing. One look at the Table of Contents will convince you that this meaty resource is no ordinary teacher's guide!
The Teacher's Manual for WriteShop I & II includes
- Clearly outlined teacher lesson plans
- Instructions for many lesson exercises that are NOT found in the student workbook
- Tips for editing, evaluating, and grading student compositions (including edited examples of actual student work)
- Suggestions for addressing problem areas
- Instructions for using student and teacher checklists
- Answer keys to Skill Builders and pre-writing activities
- Extensive appendix offering hundreds of ideas for lesson expansion, persuasive essay topics, creative fiction, projects, and writing across the curriculum
This 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, but please note that it does not include copies of student pages. While the student book is written directly to the student, the Teacher's Manual is still needed to teach the course, as the it contains specific lesson instructions, keys, and evaluation notes.
Kim Kautzer and Debra Oldar
Junior high and high school
tab-divided sections, Soft cover with plastic-coil binding; lies flat for ease of use
Yes, you'll need both teacher and student components
WriteShop I student workbook, WriteShop II student workbook, Copying & Dictation Exercises
What Parents Are Saying…
WriteShop gives you so much help that it is surprisingly easy to critique the student’s writing. Each lesson has specific instructions for the teacher as to what problems to look for and how to help the student correct them. My dd’s writing has become much more clear, interesting, and persuasive.
Thank-you for taking the fear out of teaching writing.
This is an awesome program. I started it last year with my 7th grade daughter, and now she is moving on to the second year. This year my 6th grade son started using it. I am appreciating many helpful things the second time through that I didn’t notice the first time … I have seen great progress in both my kids, and will continue to use the program with the next 2.
S. Cullip, HomeschoolReviews.com
What I like about WriteShop is it is so organized, and very teacher and student friendly. It not only teaches the student how to write but the teacher how to teach. I can actually see the purpose of each assignment and how it will lead the student in becoming a better writer.
My biggest delight in any curriculum is to find mom-friendly guides and also objective forms of evaluation. WriteShop has both. Because you have designed it so well, I can use the format with all three children I homeschool. It covers most learning styles.
We have had two children from our “Yellow School House” graduate from high school and move on to college. They have done very well on their college papers, essays, etc. I give most of the credit to WriteShop for helping me teach them so well!
Michelle, Yellow House Book Rental
There is no perfect writing program, that’s for sure. But for a mom who’s insecure about her role in teaching or grading this subject, WriteShop does a splendid job. You can tell these [were] home school moms who know what other home school moms need!
As for writing, I think my favorite is Write Shop. From brainstorming to final draft, it offers tools to help you teach and evaluate with confidence. It’s packed with ideas, prewriting activities, thorough explanations, as well as samples. What I really like is that it focuses on using precise vocabulary, sentence variety, and clarity, while offering a solid writing foundation in incremental lessons.
Joan, retired writing tutor
Thank you so much for putting together the WriteShop curriculum. It is easy to use, and your method takes the mystery out of writing. I particularly like the evaluation sheets which make grading less subjective. I always felt like my daughter was a good writer, but I didn’t know how to push her to the next level. Thanks again for sharing your skills and expertise with the rest of us.
Kim, North Carolina
Scope & Sequence: WriteShop I & II
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
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
WriteShop II: Advanced Writing Applications
Lesson 17 Describing an Object Reviewing Concreteness & Sentence Variations
Lesson 18 Describing a Place Reviewing Sensory Description & Sentence Variations
Lesson 19 Writing a Short Report Outlining
Lesson 20 Exaggeration Descriptive/Informative & Descriptive/Persuasive
Lesson 21 First-Person Point of View, Part 1 Descriptive/Narrative
Lesson 22 First-Person Point of View, Part 2 Changing Points of View
Lesson 23 Narrative Voice First- and Third-Person Narrative
Lesson 24 Persuasive Writing (Writing an Ad) Writing to Convince
Lesson 25 Opinion Essay Intro to 5-Paragraph Essays/Parallelism
Lesson 26 Letter to the Editor Developing Points through Outlining
Lesson 27 Compare or Contrast Essay, Part 1 Venn Diagrams
Lesson 28 Compare or Contrast Essay, Part 2 Venn Diagrams
Lesson 29 Essays That Describe or Define Developing Points through Outlining
Lesson 30 Timed Essays Writing within a Time Limit