Homeschool Curriculum Review-Write SourceJan 27th, 2011 | By Jessica Parnell | Category: Curriculum Reviews, Lead Article
Homeschool parents will love Write Source’s step by step format, which approaches writing as a process that begins with brainstorming and ends with revision, proofreading and editing. Best of all, it teaches a different form of brainstorming to complement each different form of writing.
With Write Source, the textbook does the teaching–walking students through how to choose a good topic, how to brainstorm the topic, how to get started and more. In addition, for each form of writing, students will read and evaluate a rough draft and watch how it transforms into a strong piece of writing. This careful instruction is ideal for the homeschool as it really does a great job of teaching writing.
As a writing instructor, one of my favorite elements of the Write Source Writing program is how it teaches the six traits of good writing (often missed in homeschool writing programs). Each unit begins with a specific form of writing and integrates the the six traits of good writing tailored to that specific assignment. So although the six traits of good writing are the same for every form of writing, students are challenged to evaluate each piece from the perspective that fits that form of writing. This is important because we know that voice in a narrative will be very different than voice in a persuasive essay, which is different than voice in a comparative analysis, etc.
As stated earlier, the Write Source text walks students through each stage of the writing process in a step by step format, providing clear instruction and real-life examples that aid students as they begin to write independently.
Best of all, when combined with the Write Source Skills Book, Write Source takes writing further by weaving mechanics, usage and grammar into each lesson, challenging students to use the instruction to improve their own writing.
As they master the writing process, students will begin to develop their own writing style, to use their writing to explore their mind and to learn more about a specific topic through writing.
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