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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Writing Well

I am back with another review.  This time for a writing curriculum called Write With World.

This program is designed for your middle school students.  It is meant to teach writing with confidence, with the professionals from God's World News and WORLD magazine.

From their website:

Write with WORLD exposes students to:
  • reading and critical thinking that develop discernment
  • contemporary subjects and professional guidance to pique interest
  • flexible exercises to build confidence and skill for using today's new media
  • a thoughtful and meaningful Christian worldview
For us homeschoolers, I think writing well and being able to communicate through writing is important.  I mean, super important. 

In thinking ahead to college applications or even SAT essays.....I think this is where homeschoolers can and should shine the most because we may not have all the bells and whistles of public school's transcripts.  And, I am pretty sure there is still a skeptical reception to some homeschoolers readiness for college.

So, my kids being really strong communicators/writers will be important.

In the ever increasing world of e-mail instead of phone calls.....text messaging instead of phone calls and so so much being done via e-readers.....the importance of the written word is expanding.  Let me rephrase that......The importance of written word that is clearly understood is expanding.

And, even more important(from Write With World's website):  

Today's students must be discriminating media consumers - able to read, hear, and watch what the world is saying and to recognize the truth.  Today's adults need to be discriminating media consumers too.

To get an idea of what this curriculum is like, click here to see a sample lesson.

D-man and A-girl are both working through the Write With World curriculum.

D-man is in eigth grade and is really liking how the lessons are structured into smaller capsules and some of the things it has him think about.  He said that he likes this program the best of all the writing curriculums we have tried.

A-girl is in sixth grade and does the lessons, but doesn't seem to be enjoying them as much as D-man.  I think he is just used to more of this kind of lesson that asks you to think and doesn't just spoon feed the lesson into you.  She will start more of that next year, in seventh grade.

Overall, in my opinion, this is a really strong writing curriculum that I plan to keep on using with both D-man and A-girl....although I am going to have A-girl start back up with it as part of her seventh and eight grade curriculum.
The Write With World curriculum is designed to be used as a two year curriculum.  The price is $95.00 for the first year....or you can purchase both the first and second year books for $165.00.  These prices include teacher manuals and the student textbooks.

This is a new product and will be available to be shipped in the summer of 2012.  They will also be starting a new website in September of 2012 for the users of the curriculum.  This new website will provide an online publishing opportunity for student writers, and new subjects to supplement what is in the textbooks.

See what other homeschoolers thought of Write With World.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of the first year curriculum (including the student textbook and the teacher's manual) of Write With World for free in exchange for an honest review.