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Subject: anybody use Writeshop?
Date Posted: 3/20/2008 8:35 AM ET
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I am considering getting this and would like feedback from anyone who has used it.

thanks,

LaDonna



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patticom - ,
Date Posted: 3/21/2008 12:23 PM ET
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Yes, and I can't possibly say enough good about it!!  :)  We used their pre-program Wordsmith Apprentice in 7th or 8th grade, did Write Shop 1 in 9th grade, and will be doing Write Shop 2 in 11th grade.  :)  The only caution I would give you is that Write Shop alone is not nearly enough for a high school english credit.  It's really meant to be a supplement or a co-op.  We used it along with the Notgrass combined history/english program because I felt Notgrass was weak on the how-to writing mechanics that my son really needed.  WS is one of the few programs that I liked well enough to save it for my younger 2 (with an 8-year gap, we save very little).

Date Posted: 3/22/2008 11:13 AM ET
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Thanks for the reply,

My 11th grader's writing is not where I think it should be so I was thinking he could do it intensively starting as soon as we can get it and going as far as he can in the two levels. He is finishing Chemistry and Algebra II this year so he could spend more time on the writing next.  I have two others who can also use it but would have more time to complete it.

LaDonna

 



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Date Posted: 3/22/2008 11:10 PM ET
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My oldest son has used the Writeshop1 in 8th and 9th grades. I feel that it is a good writing curriculum for building writing skills. We also used Wordsmith Apprentice with my daughter in 5th and 6th grade. This program is not to scary for students who are not strong writers, I've found that it builds confidence!

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 5:50 PM ET
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Should Wordsmith Apprentice be used before Writeshop? Are they both by the same company? 

 



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Date Posted: 3/25/2008 5:23 PM ET
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 No, they are not the same publishers

I looked through my info and found that the publishers of Writeshop suggest the following;

Writeshop for students 7-10 grades. After using this book for one or two years, depending how fast you go, you can then move onto Writeshop II.  You can find more out at www.writeshop.com

Wordsmith Apprentice for students 4-6 grades.

Wordsmith for students 7-9 grades.

Wordsmith Craftsman for students 10-12 grades.

The publisher of Wordsmith is Common Sense Press, I believe their website is www.commonsensepress.com

 

 

patticom - ,
Date Posted: 3/27/2008 4:07 AM ET
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You don't have to do Wordsmith first--and for your older kids, they may find it too "babyish."  My son was annoyed about that at first even in junior high age when we used it, because W.A. has you pretending to be a reporter and writing reports for a fictitious newspaper.  Once he got over himself he really enjoyed it, but I think he would be mortified to do it in high school LOL.  You have to go by your own kids, though--some kids who love drama might like it even at older ages.  :)

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 10:00 PM ET
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I went ahead and bought Write Shop I so we will see how it goes.  It sounds great and I am looking forward to it.

thanks for all the feedback!