Your teen will love the fresh new look of the updated WriteShop I Video Course!
Do We Need the Video Course?
Even though WriteShop I was created for parents who struggle to teach homeschool writing, sometimes we just need extra help. Perhaps you:
- Want to help your teen become a more independent writer.
- Don't feel equipped to teach middle- or high-school writing.
- Can't afford a writing class or tutor.
- Homeschool many children.
Play With Education* offers e-learning solutions for families using WriteShop I. If you're unsure about teaching writing on your own, or you don't have time to add one more thing to your schedule, this online Video Companion Course may be the answer.
What's Been Updated?
- Fresh, teen-friendly graphics for better visual appeal
- Fun examples and lots of humor
- Relevance for today’s teens
- Additional self-editing tips
- Improved course navigation
- More concise teaching time
- Faster loading technology
About the WriteShop I Video Course
This is an online (not DVD) Companion Course for WriteShop I that walks teens through each lesson and activity.
Lessons use examples and demonstrations teens can relate to. Using text, pictures, and friendly narrative, each 10- to 15-minute module gives in-depth explanations of the lesson's key points in a fun and easily understood way.
Video Course Features
- You may use the video course for your entire family.
- You will need Internet access. Course is not available on DVD.
- Access the course through your personal, password-protected portal.
- Go at your own pace. Lessons never expire.
- Instructor is an experienced private tutor who has taught and edited papers for WriteShop students for over a decade.
To see a lesson, click the Video Lesson Sample tab above.
The Video Course provides STUDENTS with:
- Composition examples for each lesson.
- Step-by-step demos of each step of the writing process.
- Tips for finding repeated words, passive verbs, and other common mistakes.
- Self-editing guidance.
The Video Course provides PARENTS with:
- Overview of the entire WriteShop program.
- Scheduling flexibility.
- "Edit Fearlessly" videos ($69.95 value) to help you edit your student's papers with confidence.
Video Course Requirements
This course supplements the required WriteShop student and teacher materials (sold separately). In addition to the Video Course and Internet access, you will need the following products:
- WriteShop I Student Workbook
- Teacher's Manual for WriteShop I & II
- Blue Book of Grammar (optional)
- The Synonym Finder [aff] or other comprehensive thesaurus
How to Access the Video Lessons
*** Course is not available on DVD***
Within a few days of purchase, you will receive email instructions for logging in to the Student Portal. As long as you have an Internet connection, your student can access the course any time.
*The Fine Print
WriteShop® is the registered trademark of WriteShop, Inc. PlayWith Education is not affiliated with WriteShop, Inc. The PlayWith.Education website, videos, and other tutoring materials refer to various WriteShop-copyrighted materials and registered marks owned by WriteShop, Inc. The trademarked names in PlayWith.Education's website, videos, and tutoring materials are used with permission of WriteShop.
Play With Education
Junior high and high school
Online video course
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, Teacher's Manual for WriteShop I & II, WriteShop I student workbook
After years of dull curriculum, [my teens] didn’t expect the engaging and funny lessons the WriteShop video provides. With colorful graphics, clear instructions, and practical examples, the videos encourage independent work. The bite-sized lessons keep their attention for the whole module, which can be completed in 10-15 minutes.
Tiffany Jordon, Homeschool Hideout
Online instruction is helpful for those independent teens who want to take control and not have to be taught by mom, as well as those who struggle to stay organized. They can work on their own time and the reminders in the video keep them on task.
Ashley Moore, Life with Moore Learning
The older my kids get, the more they seem to respond to a video or class, rather than the all-knowing mom. Also, the video is a bit of a backup for the parent as well. Finally, the video is proof that I’m not just making work up, and there is a reason to do things a certain way.
Bethany Ishee, Real Learning, Real Life
I LOVE THESE! Let me say that again, I LOVE THESE! The videos are an incredibly beneficial addition to the WriteShop program. For the mom who does not or cannot sit and walk her child through each step, the Video Companion Course is key … an integral part of the equation for teaching writing! My daughter finds it so easy to sit down and watch these short lessons. They walk her through each of the worksheet activities, as well as any writing assignments.
Heidi Ciravola, Starts at Eight
The videos cover it so fully that I was able to hand the bulk of the teaching over to the videos. I didn’t have to add anything. Though I still watched the videos with my son initially. I also helped my son with his paper, but the beauty of the videos was that I didn’t have to teach the lesson. The videos do this for me!
Erin Vincent, Nourishing My Scholar
We would not be doing [WriteShop I or II] without the videos!! Not because it is difficult, but because teaching upper level writing is just not something I’m passionate about….[and] the videos empower him to succeed at the next level of writing…. I also think of it this way. For a few bucks [per lesson] I can provide a writing curriculum rooted in higher level learning.
Kristen Townsend, homeschool mom
The video is a lifesaver for me—my husband is really sick so I am juggling many things…. Sometimes I watch the video with my son and then ask him follow up questions, and if I am busy working, he watches them by himself. I’ve enjoyed having someone else explain the concepts. It has helped to keep writing happening because my son didn’t have to wait on me to prep the lesson. It worked well for him to have the visuals with the instructions.
Stacey Lane, homeschool mom
I’m using the videos with my 13 year old. Teaching writing is a weakness of mine, and the videos have helped give him some better instruction. I work part-time, so the video allows him to do writing without Mom having to be there. I watched the first video for teachers on grading and it was great.
Becky Canode, homeschool mom
She is able to watch one of the 5 short videos for each lesson in the car while I’m driving, then do the written work during break. This has enabled her to get the lessons done during the dance week which has turned out much better papers. The best part is that she doesn’t need to wait for me to get her lessons done.
Penny Rogers, Our Crazy Adventures in Autismland
Using the videos really adds to the curriculum. I have a 6-year-old to teach too, so it’s a time saver. My 13-year-old enjoys the independence and self learning. You could do without, but you would have to be much more hands-on to get the full benefit from the program. They are done well.
Kendra Kemp, homeschool mom
Updated! WriteShop I Video Course Sample Lesson
- In the Video Course, every WriteShop lesson is broken down into several units.
- Units contain activities, instructions, examples, and other helpful teaching tips.
- The video sample below, taken from Lesson 8 in WriteShop I, includes a brief segment from each unit.