Monday, April 9, 2012
Do you have one of those kiddos who doesn't like to write? I do! My 9th grade son will freely admit to you that he does not enjoy writing! He will occasionally write something like a short story on his own. Something just for fun. He absolutely detests writing for "school" though. Over the years, I've tried several different writing programs with him and have had various levels of success. The truth is, though, that he is in 9th grade now and really needs to be able to write! If he decides to go on to college, he'll need to be able to write essays and papers. If he one day gets a job in which he needs to be able to write reports, I want him to be able to do that! I want to know that I did everything I could as his homeschool teacher to prepare him for whatever skills he will need as a teenager and later as an adult in the work force.
One of my very favorite things about Write with World is that it uses real world examples. When my son is writing just for fun, he's writing things that mean something to him. He's writing about things that he sees as important. In short, he has a reason for what he's writing. I realized that that was the main component missing from all of the different writing programs I've tried with him. Although some of them have been great programs, he didn't see a reason for doing them! And is he doesn't see a reason for doing the writing, he's not going to be motivated for very long to continue doing it.
Write with World is from the publishers of God's World News and World Magazine. It is meant for use with students in 6th-9th grades. It is also appropriate for use with students in high school who may not have had much writing previously. Since I haven't done as much writing as I should have with my 9th grader so far, I felt like this level was fine for him.
One thing I liked about Write with World is that the student book starts off telling the student why this writing program differs from others and why it will be useful to the student. I could have told my son all the same things that were said in the introduction, but it wouldn't have had the impact on him that it had coming from the writers/editors of the book. He really liked that the introduction part was directed to him. I think that made a difference in how he reacted to the program in general and in his attitude toward it from the beginning.
I also really liked that it explains that Christians need to be the best writers. God uses Christian journalists, novelists, and song writers to reach the world for Himself. I had never really thought about the fact that Christians have these important reasons for being good writers! I don't think my son had ever considered that either. I was very glad the curriculum mentioned that, though, because it certainly made an impact on us!
This program strives to be better than other writing programs by challenging the students using it to not only use good grammar, correct punctuation, and complete thoughts but also to use thoughtful arrangements of details, ideas, and words. The publishers of this curriculum want to see student writers become comparative readers as well. They want our students to be able to see and explain why one sentence or paragraph "works" better than another or why one essay is interesting while another might be boring. If we want our children to influence the world for God through their writing, they have to be able to write in a way that makes people interested in reading it!
If you'd like to see more detailed information about this writing program, you can do that at http://www.learnwithworld.com/writewithworld/. You can see introductory information, sample lesson, and ordering information as well as a detailed table of contents.
If you'd like to see more TOS Homeschool Crew reviews on this writing curriculum, just go here: www.homeschoolcrew.com.
I was given the first year of this 2-year curriculum in exchange for my honest review.