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It’s no secret that there are many excellent writing programs available. So what makes WriteShop different?

WriteShop is designed to teach composition skills to junior high and high schoolers in a step-by-step manner. Through a series of engaging lessons, students learn the four most common kinds of writing—descriptive, informative, narrative, and persuasive (essays)—by means of the following basic building blocks:

Brainstorming is vital to successful writing. So many students fear the dreaded blank page, and brainstorming is the key to unlocking ideas. WriteShop provides topic suggestions, brainstorming worksheets, and a tabbed section packed with 17 useful word banks.
Writing comes easier when students have clear instructions. WriteShop’s concrete guidelines tell them exactly what is expected. They will never be left to wonder how long their paper should be or what content they should include. Also, each lesson presents at least one new writing skill that is 1) introduced as a Skill Builder exercise, 2) put into practice in the current composition, and then 3) used in future compositions. This learn-practice-do-redo approach helps ensure that these new skills become habits.
Parents and teachers understand the value of the editing process. But whether out of laziness or ignorance, many students reject its importance. At Write Shop, we understand their lack of enthusiasm. By building editing right into the program, we teach them from the very beginning that this is not only unavoidable, but vital to the success of their writing. Individualized Writing Skills Checklists, uniquely tailored to each lesson, help make editing more objective by giving students and teachers specific things to look for when proofreading. After just a few lessons, editing becomes a natural part of the rhythm of writing.
WriteShop students have two opportunities to clean up and improve their first draft, known as a “sloppy copy.” The sloppy copy is self-edited and rewritten as the First Revision, which they submit to the teacher or parent for a second round of editing. Students then use these teacher comments and suggestions to write a polished final draft.

Program Levels and Scheduling Options

WriteShop is a two-level program consisting of WriteShop I and WriteShop II. Because it is an “ungraded” text, students may begin WriteShop I at any time between 6th and 10th grade, and may take from one semester to two years to complete this first level. When finished with WriteShop I, they can move on to Write Shop II. This level may also be completed in as little as one semester or as long as two years. See WriteShop Schedules.

The pace you choose is usually determined by the age, ability, and maturity of the student. As a rule, younger students (6th and 7th grade) benefit from stretching the lessons out over a longer time, while older ones have the maturity and ability to work at a quicker pace. Those in 8th grade or above can begin with Level II if they already have a solid background in descriptive, informative, and narrative writing.

The WriteShop Teacher’s Manual

The Teacher's Manual is the heart of the WriteShop program. Without it, the student workbooks lose much of their value. Only one-quarter of the TM contains lesson plans and teaching strategies. The remainder of the handy, tab-divided binder is devoted to helping you learn to effectively edit and evaluate your students' writing. 

Parents and teachers are especially drawn to the TM’s schedules and lesson plans. Whether you’re teaching one student or thirty, you’ll be relieved to learn that everything is laid out, and you don’t need to pull together your own writing lessons. Preparation is minimal.

The Teacher's Manual Contains:

  • Clearly-outlined instructions for teaching BOTH WriteShop I and II, including discussion ideas, pre-writing games and activities, thorough explanations, and plenty of student samples.

  • Tips for editing, evaluating, and grading student compositions (including edited examples of actual student work)

  • Suggestions for addressing the most common problems associated with each individual lesson

  • Dozens of positive, encouraging comments you can make when editing student papers

  • Additional (reproducible) checklists for editing any compositions, essays, and term papers that fall outside the WriteShop lessons

  • Additional (reproducible) Composition, Essay, and Report Evaluation forms for non-WriteShop assignments

  • Answer keys to Skill Builders and pre-writing activities

  • An extensive Supplemental Activities appendix offering hundreds of ideas and topics for lesson expansion, essays, creative fiction, projects, and writing across the curriculum

For more details about the WriteShop Teacher's Manual, see TM Table of Contents.

WriteShop I and II Student Workbooks

WriteShop I teaches the basics of descriptive, informative, and narrative writing.

WriteShop II offers more challenging assignments, including descriptive narration, point of view, narrative voice, persuasion, and essays. 

Each consumable student workbook contains lesson instructions, brainstorming worksheets, pre-writing activities, and Skill Builders, as well as lesson-specific Student and Teacher Checklists and evaluation forms. You will find:

  • Clear, step-by-step instructions in every lesson, written to the student

  • Topic suggestions
  • Skill Builders to teach and reinforce new writing concepts
  • Student and Teacher Writing Skills Checklists specific to each lesson (one per lesson)
  • Composition and Essay Evaluation Forms (one per lesson)
  • Seventeen exhaustive word banks
  • Other
    • Purchase one workbook for each student.
    • To learn about religious content in Write Shop, visit FAQs.
    • To see sample lessons, checklists, and lesson plans, view Sample Pages.



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