Write with World: A TOS Review
Sacha’s<25: A 2 year writing program geared for middle-school students from the publishers of WORLD magazine. (This review is for the 1st year)
Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)
Is it worth our time? 4 stars
Did it help us learn? 4 stars
Is it worth the money? 3 stars
Is it useful to me? 3 stars
Practicality- 5 stars
Quality- 6 stars
Kid Rating- 4 stars
We received year 1 of the 2 year middle school writing program Write with World from the publishers of World Magazine. This writing program actually won’t be available for sale until Summer 2012. They sent us an almost finished product. (It was missing the table of contents, which would really have helped me visualize the scope and sequence of this program)
I was very excited to try it out after reading a little bit about it on their website. One of the things that excited me was a web site for updated examples, writing prompts, published student work, and helpful teacher forum. Unfortunately this isn’t up and running yet so we didn’t get to try this feature out. It would be cool to have your children’s work published on their site.
Unfortunately, this excitement wore off very quickly. My 5th and 6th graders were able to do the work. They just found it boring and didn’t feel like they were learning new things. The writing assignments seemed like busy work. The kids and I both assumed that as a writing program they would be writing. They were, but it was just a sentence here and there–changing a word etc. The lessons are written so the student can read the assignment and then do the work in their student journal which you provide. They are also supposed to look up any words that are bolded in their assignment and find the definitions in the dictionary. This became repetitive very quickly and didn’t seem like the best way to learn vocabulary. As much as we wanted to make this work for our family, it just didn’t. Below I will go into some of the things we did and didn’t like about this writing program. But before I do please check out what Write with World says about themselves:
From Write with World’s Website:
Write with WORLD consists of:
- Separate teacher/student books and online content for first and second years
- Web site (Sept. 2011) for updated examples, writing prompts, published student work, and helpful teacher forum
- Students will need their own notebook/journal to record their work
Teach writing with confidence, with the professionals from God’s World News and WORLD magazine.
Write with WORLD is the middle school writing curriculum developed by education and media professionals. Use it to inspire and train your students to become proficient communicators who can meet educational requirements and navigate today’s growing new media and conflicting worldviews.
Write with WORLD exposes students to:
- reading and critical thinking that develop discernment
- contemporary subjects and professional guidance to pique interest
- flexible exercises to build confidence and skill for using today’s new media
- a thoughtful and meaningful Christian worldview
- Students belong to a community of writers and have an audience
- Students see the curriculum as a living, up-to-date conversation
- Students have access to multiple assignments to choose from in many lessons
- Students who learn to read with critical eyes are more likely to become strong writers
- Students will examine models-both strong and weak-to improve their writing
- Students learn style in the context of their own writing
- Students learn to write with a worldview
- Writing teachers need ideas and support
What I liked:
- They use writing examples from published writers (mainly World magazine)
- Includes working on vocabulary throughout the program. (But it is a lot of looking words up in the dictionary)
- The student book is not written in, so it can be used with multiple students. You need to provide them with a writing journal, dictionary, thesaurus and World Magazine (or similar publication), as well as some other things in later lessons.
What I didn’t like:
- My kids (5th and 6th grade) hated it. It wasn’t that it was hard…They thought it was easy. I think it felt like busy work to them….they didn’t see a beginning and end to it. When writing it is nice to have a start to a project and an end result. This was just exercise after exercise.
- This didn’t seem like a writing program that should be geared for middle school. Much of what I saw in this program was information my kids covered in late elementary grades.
- The awkward size of the teacher’s manual (12×9–it doesn’t fit well on a bookshelf because it is too long–open the book up to read it and it spread 24 inches wide)
- They suggest that you use WORLD magazine for some of the exercises. -We don’t have a subscription to WORLD. (you could use a different magazine)
To sum it up: Unfortunately this was a huge bust for us. I know that a lot of other Crewmates had a very different experience with this curriculum. If you have a student who despises writing I could see this program as a way to ease them into writing, because there really isn’t a tedious amount of writing of paragraphs etc. You can check out a PDF sample here.
The important information:
Published by: God’s World News
Order from: Write With World
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Disclosure/Disclaimer: I received the above product free of charge for review purposes. I am only expected to give an honest review.