There is no shortage of writing curricula/programs available from early elementary to high school. Trying to decide which program is best suited to your child, your goals and your budget can be overwhelming. So why would yet one more writing curriculum need to be created? One more writing curriculum was needed because World Magazine saw a gap in what was being produced and felt it important to fill that gap.
Our children need to have the ability to express their ideals and beliefs in a way that presents their Christian worldview. So often writing curricula focus on teaching the mechanics of writing and fail to build the desire to write and express what is real to the student. Writing is sadly a poorly developed skill in college students and basic mistakes are growing more and more common. These and other issues caused World Magazine to produce Write With World. A two year writing curriculum designed for middle school students.
As a mom of two middle school children, one who desires to be a writer, I was thrilled with the opportunity to test the pilot copy of this program! I was not disappointed.
Write With World comes with a teacher’s manual and a student text. It is recommended that you utilize World Magazine but any magazine will work. Toss in a thesaurus, dictionary and a notebook, and your child is ready to begin. In September 2012, the program will also include access to a website that will have a teacher’s forum, student publication, writing prompts and other resources.
Write With World Year One is divided into 4 Units and each unit contains Capsules and that is further broken down into lesson. The five units are: Developing Critical Readers, Developing Writers: Building Blocks and Biography, Writing Autobiography and Crafting Narratives. You can see a full table of contents of both years of the program.
I appreciated the approach that Write With World takes. Beginning with “low stakes” evaluation to show and encourage the student in finding weak areas and learning where improvements are needed. Plenty of opportunities will be provided for more detailed evaluation but we don’t want to stunt the process before we get started!
My 7th grader is currently taking a year off from grammar. Well, she was taking a year off. Write With World looked at the most common grammatical errors that college students were making and incorporated them into this curriculum. While you can you separate grammar curriculum it is not necessary. Here are the common grammatical errors or trouble spots that are covered in Write With World.
The approach and lessons in Write With World are engaging and relevant. They help to spark interest in the student by using current events to promote interest, ideas and writing. Take a look at this sample lesson.
There are two options to purchasing Write With World:
Purchasing Each Year separately is $95 each. If you choose to purchase both years at the same time, the cost it is $165. While at first glance this may seem high, please note that this is a non-consumable product and all you need for each student is a notebook. As a mother of 8 children who could utilize this curriculum, this is a bargain. And the quality of the program is exactly what you would expect from World Magazine!
Write With World has produced an excellent writing curriculum that is simple to implement and builds the valuable skill of helping our children express their Christian worldview. Learning to write is so much more than just forming complete sentences. It is about sharing our beliefs and communicating the Gospel! Write With World understands that crucial skill and makes it attainable.
*Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of the pilot edition of this program for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions expressed in this post are my own.