Curriculum Writing

JacKris Winning With Writing

Grades 1st-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Independant

  • Full coverage for grammar, writing, and spelling if used together

  • User-friendly

Cons

  • Workbook style can be boring for some

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW)

Grades 3rd-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Good coverage

  • DVD based instruction

  • Step by step

  • Teaches through imitation of the classics

  • Emphasis on how to write not what to write

Cons

  • DVD only, not web based

  • Can be intense

  • Learning curve for parents and students

Grades K-6th

 

Pros

  • Flexible

  • Creative

  • Lends itself to family school setting

  • Non-traditional

  • Great for struggling\reluctant writers

  • Uses real literature (“living books”)

Cons

  • Parent involved

  • A lifestyle not just a curriculum

  • Difficult to track if worried about covering every standard.

Writing With Ease

Grades 1st-4th

 

 

Pros

  • User friendly (scripted)

  • Designed to go with First Language Lessons and Spelling Workout

Cons

  • Can feel repetitive for some students

Writing With Skill

Grades 4th-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Independent work parents review

  • Builds skills in a logical structured way

Cons

  • First couple of levels can feel redundant if student has done the whole Writing With Ease program previously.

  • Approach can feel repetitive for some students

Writing Skills Workbook

Grades 1st-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Independent

  • Colorful

  • User-friendly

Cons

  • Workbook style

Daily 6+ Trait Writing

Grades 1st-6th

 

 

Pros

  • User-friendly

  • Simple, short lessons

Cons

  • Workbook style

  • Not great coverage

Four Square Writing Method

Grades 1st-6th

 

 

Pros

  • User- friendly

  • Simple formula (graphic organizer)

  • Great for struggling readers\writers

Cons

  • Workbook style

  • Does not address style or academic writing

Grades K-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Low parent prep time

  • User friendly

  • Colorful pictures

Cons

  • Too much on a page for some students

  • Workbook style

Writing Detective

Grades 3rd-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Independant

  • Helps with writing and comprehension

Cons

  • Workbook style

  • Very little instruction

 

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