Write With World {Review}

cover1Writing has always been a large part of my identity.  My grandmother before me was a published poet and writer.  My father was a hobby songwriter.  From the first time I picked up a pencil and realized I could make a letter, I have been writing poetry and songs.  In 2010 I discovered the joy of blogging.  Writing is in my blood.

Unfortunately, my son did not inherit my love of writing.   I insist that he should write and he insists he shouldn’t write.   For some reason, he does not feel the necessity to record his thoughts on paper.  As we enter 9th grade, my worries about my non-writing son have only increased.  What’s a mom to do?

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I was praying about a writing program when the opportunity to review Write with World arrived. This two-year middle-school curriculum is published by God’s World Publication in cooperation with nationally recognized journalists and award-winning college professors.  It aims to produce young writers who love writing, can write effectively, and intelligently share ideas, beliefs, and their worldview. (from Write With World, Introduction)

I received a copy of the student text and the parent text for this review.  My first thought was “WOW!”, this is a lot of reading!  There is no table of contents/index as I received a pilot copy of this curriculum.  It left me as the parent a little unsure how to implement the curriculum into our daily learning.

So what does this curriculum cover?  (from the website)

  • Concepts of comparative and critical reading
  • Writing fundamentals
  • Narratives
  • Reporting
  • Reviewing
  • Critique and opinion

My son and I reviewed this writing program together by completing a capsule 2 times a week (Tuesday & Thursday).  My son is an 8th grader and we started with Lesson 1.  This was a mistake on my part.  He found the program uninteresting.  It was difficult to keep him on task and complete the assignment.  Recently it was suggested that we could have skipped the first unit.  This type of information would be beneficial to include in the parent manual.  The lack of direction for using the curriculum as a parent made it frustrating to use.

Last night as I sat to write this review, my 5th grade (she loves to write) looked at the curriculum and said, “Mom, can I use this?  I really like it.”  Sigh.  If I had known that BEFORE…  So, it didn’t work with my 8th grader, but I will be using it for my 5th grader.  Great!

The curriculum is scheduled for release in Summer 2012.  At that point their website will be updated with a teacher’s forum, writing prompts, examples and published student work.

The cost is $95 for a two-year writing program.  It includes a student text and parent text along with access to the teacher’s forum.  Students will need their own notebook/journal to record their work.

I would recommend this curriculum for aspiring writers in the middle school grade levels (6-8).

Would you like to learn more about this program?  Visit WRITE WITH WORLD where you can download a sample lesson, learn about the authors and contributors and order the curriculum.

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Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

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