Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Learning to Write-NonFiction

Paragraph Writing Instructions from The Write Foundation is a very thorough writing curriculum.  This is not a creative writing course, but a solid non-fiction, paragraph-building, essay course.

The courses come in three levels, Sentence, Paragraph, and Essay/Composition.  They have information about which level to use by age group here.  You can also see sample on their website for each level of writing curriculum offered.   I choose the Paragraph Writing level because our boys have really only been required to do creative writing in the past.  They were a bit beyond the sentence level, but no way near the essay level of writing.

What arrived in my package was a package of student worksheets, and a comb-bound lesson plan book with 15 lessons.  I was also e-mailed a digital package of additional resources that included grading information and game ideas.   Each lesson can be worked out over the course of a few days.  The book includes activities that can be done using a critical thinking book that is a separate purchase, but we chose not to do those as we didn’t have the materials.  Each day’s tasks are listed for you in the lesson plan book.

I found this to be a vey thorough writing curriculum and I plan to continue it with the boys later in the year.  It is a not one of those curriculum packages that you can unpack and use immediately.  I would suggest that you as the teacher read through all the materials to gain a firm grasp on what is exactly required.  I tried jumping into the first lesson, and it did not go smoothly.  Preparation is definitely required. 

As I said before, you can break each lesson into multiple days.  I didn’t realize that until we had spent 1.5 hours working on lesson one in its entirety.  Breaking each lesson down over the course of a week, would work much better for our lesson plans.  I like to cover a subject in 15-30 minutes each day.  If you carry a much more rigorous time schedule, then you may be able to work through these lessons much quicker.

There are lots of different ways to order from The Write Foundation, so instead of giving you that information here, I'm going to send you over to their order page.  You can select the level you want to purchase and then review the order options for yourself.  The suggested ages page of the website lists the earliest age as 11 years old.  This product can be used through age 17, also.

If you would like more information from The Write Foundation, you can get their contact information here.  And if you'd like to read the reviews of my fellow crew-mates, go here

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of the Paragraph Writing Instructions curriculum from The Write Foundation at no charge in exchange for this fair and honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I love this program, too. My boys are going to continue with it.