The first thing that Makenzie (my 11 year old) and I noticed was that this curriculum has you write about real world topics. This really appealed to Makenzie, she's written letters to Grandparents, made up imaginary planets, and numerous other writing exercises in the past but the current relevant topics in this curriculum really appealed to her. Write with World is a middle school writing curriculum that was developed by media and education professionals. Makenzie was exposed to different forms of media and is learning to develop critical thinking. The contemporary subjects really caught her interest and captured her imagination and I loved the fact that it was based on a thoughtful and meaningful Christian worldview and that she's learning to write with a purpose. A lot of times students entering college are deficient in their writing skills, this can hurt a student's performance especially in courses that require composition skills.
Write with World will help your child be connected to writing professionals while they are learning to write with purpose and the assignments encourage your child to discuss ideas and language with you, the teacher. The first year you have a teacher book and a student book. The student textbook is divided into 4 units and 16 key lessons. They will learn concepts of comparative and critical reading, writing fundamentals, narratives, reporting, reviewing, critique and opinion. The teacher handbook explains the objectives, methodology, and evaluation for each unit. Each child will need their own notebook for the writing assignments because the textbook is non-consumable.
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I love the fact that Write with WORLD is written by 20 WORLD staff members from the editors, publishers, correspondents and even photojournalist were able to contribute. This is the best middles school writing curriculum that I've been able to find and I've searched high and low for one. I love that they actually teach the kids to think before writing. To many times we just write and write so we can finish a blog post or our children write so they can finish school. What does this accomplish? Yes, we do finish what we started out to do but does it build up our hearts and minds for Christ? Does it communicate the gospel effectively with grace and power? Usually it's a big fat NO. I'd like my children to learn this skill and as I was reading through the Write with WORLD website I read their purpose and it really spoke to me. This was taken from their website:
Christians in particular should try to be the best communicators. They possess the truth and need to articulate a biblical worldview. Just as important, today's students must be discriminating media consumers - able to read, hear, and watch what the world is saying and to recognize the truth.
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