Where WriteShop I established a basic framework of descriptive, informative, and narrative writing, WriteShop II helps students expand their writing abilities. This second volume builds on that earlier foundation as compositions shift focus to descriptive narration, narrative voice, point of view, and use of tense. Later lessons introduce persuasive writing and the basic 5-paragraph essay model. Students will write multiple kinds of essays, where they will learn to express an opinion and develop and support it with facts, details, and examples.
Students write one composition over a two-week period, revising it twice. Incremental in approach, exercises are designed to be approached consecutively, building upon previously learned material. Working through assignments by brainstorming, drafting, and revising, students learn to edit their papers methodically, using a Writing Skills Checklist purposefully tailored to the individual lesson.
What's new in the 5th edition?
- Faith-neutral content (non-religious)
- Updated, streamlined introduction
- Updated content in some lessons
- Improved 5-paragraph essay structure
- Updated student instructions
- Updated student & teacher checklists
WriteShop II Student Workbook includes
- 14 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
- Examples, lesson directions, and exercises---some of which are completed in-book, and others that must be written on separate paper
- 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 II content, click the Scope & Sequence tab above.
Though ideal for most 8th-11th graders, WriteShop II works successfully with seniors who need to learn basic essay-writing skills. 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.
Purchase one WriteShop II workbook per student. Alternatively, 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 that are 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.
Teacher's Manual for WriteShop I and II
WriteShop II 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.
Kim Kautzer and Debra Oldar
8th-11th grades; may also be used with 12th graders who need basic essay skills
Looseleaf pages; 3-hole punched, Paperback, Consumable
Yes, you'll need both teacher and student components
Teacher's Manual for WriteShop I & II
What Parents Are Saying…
I am SO very thankful for our using WriteShop 1 & 2 the last two years with Laurianna. That program gave her such a great headstart in becoming a great writer – which shows in her literature papers.
Jolanthe Erb, Homeschool Creations
The last couple of papers were some of the best she’s ever written. She was to write a descriptive paper, first in first person, then in third. I could actually picture the scene she was describing in my mind! It was filled with rich, vivid detail. I can’t even tell you how pleased I was. She had a great time with the exaggeration paper, too. I think that one was her favorite to write. It’s fun to see your kids get excited about writing.
Kris Bales, Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
We have just finished Lesson 1 in Writing Shop II with The Boy. He wrote a description of his favorite sword … It is one of his best paragraphs to date … Thank you, WriteShop!
Tauna, Walking with Shiloh
Somehow the words fun and writing have become connected, ever since we started using WriteShop. That, along with the progress I’m seeing in my students’ writing, is the highest recommendation I can give.
Zandra Owen, Eclectic Homeschool Online
We went through WriteShop I and II. Previously, we used other programs [that] never clicked with dd. She HATED writing and it showed. WriteShop breaks everything down into manageable steps. Is this program for the advanced writer? Emphatically no. But it worked wonders for my reluctant writer … She no longer hates writing and in fact has become quite proficient. I credit WriteShop for that.
Scope & Sequence
WriteShop II: Advanced Writing Applications
WriteShop II begins at Lesson 17. It is a continuation of WriteShop I, which includes Lessons 1-16.
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