Write With The Best: Modeling Writing after Great Works of World Literature, Volume 1 (Grades 3-12)Jill J. DixonDiagnostic Prescriptive / 2001 / Trade Paperback$22.89 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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stephanie5 Stars Out Of 5wonderful toolFebruary 25, 2018stephanieQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I used WWTB Vol 1 with my middle schooler and 2 elementary schoolers. It is by far my favorite way to teach writing. It only makes sense that students SEE and STUDY quality writing if they are to ever create quality works of their own. It is brilliant. It is time consuming. It is worth it. My twins were only in second grade when I was using this book with my middle school aged son, but I brought them along for the ride just to see how they did. They completely got it and were able to quickly learn the parts of speech and recognize them in great pieces of literature. It was transforming for my middle school son. The readings were challenging but so worth the time to read it aloud to them and even more so to then dissect the work for descriptive words. Your kids will learn to recognize descriptive nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. It will change how they read other things and FOR SURE how they write. I loved the method and once you learn this way, you and your kids are set for writing. You need to be prepared to stay in the lessons with them at first, but I believe more independence soon follows. This is an affordable, thorough writing technique/program without lots of fluff and segmented busy work. Give it a try.
TLee4 Stars Out Of 5A good albeit expensive program for writingSeptember 18, 2016TLeeQuality: 4Value: 2Meets Expectations: 4We have just finished Volume 1 in this series, and I came to CBD to order Vol 2. First, the positives: Our children (ages 12 & 14) and are very strong readers and writers, yet with minor tweaking, this writing program has been beneficial.
Each unit begins with an excerpt of classical literature and moves onto various activities that build up a writing portfolio slowly. I like this additional exposure to living books. My daughter enjoyed many of the excerpts so much that she has sought out the full versions to read.
I also like how many of the lessons build upon each other. For example, in Unit 5, the student uses the character developed in Unit 3 along with the dialogue developed in Unit 4 to comprise a short story.
I did adapt each unit to our preferred pace, which is faster than this curriculum moves, often combining two or more of the "days" or lessons (which were supposed to be one per day) into a more sensible schedule for us. I skipped the unit on "Writing a Fable." (IMO, not a skill my children need to hone.) I also pulled spelling words from each excerpt, and we studied quite a few of the British or historical adaptions of various words, which was kind of fun.
Regardless of putting additional work back into the program to make up for our faster paced schedule, we still blew through Volume 1 in about two months. And I see that Volume 2 only contains 8 units and costs even more than Volume 1 does.
Which brings me to my issue... wow, the cost! Volume 1 is very slim, about the thickness of a light magazine. I can't imagine Volume 2 is any thicker. I really feel that the author stretched this out to make this curriculum two volumes, which is totally unnecessary and must cost more to produce, which means a higher cost to consumers. The only reason I can see that she would do this is a financial boon for herself. I would have much rather paid for both volumes in a single binding and certainly paid less.
I'm gritting my teeth and purchasing Volume 2, and after we work through that, I'm going to have to scramble and spend even more money to finish out our school year. That's not making this homeschooling mama happy. The curriculum is good, but in my humble opinion, I'm not sure it is worth the high price.
Kim MerwinTitusville, FLAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5My son is really progressing in writing.March 18, 2011Kim MerwinTitusville, FLAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI love Writing with the Best...since it takes such small bites of the huge writing process each day...the student doesn't know that he is accomplishing so much and that he has eaten an elephant one day at a time! As a home-educator, I am so encouraged by Writing with the Best!
Tree House AcademyAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The best writing curriculum I have found!November 5, 2010Tree House AcademyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5My degree is in English and my focus was writing. When my sons turned out to be less than great writers, I went in search for something to help them. I started Write with the Best as part of our Heart of Dakota program (Creation to Christ). I was very skeptical at first, especially when my son had trouble underlining all the descriptive adjectives, etc. However, I am very glad I stayed with this program in spite of that because, now, my son (11 - 6th grade) is writing beautiful descriptive paragraphs with ease! I would recommend that anyone with a struggling writer give this program a try!
Cassandra Eddy5 Stars Out Of 5March 6, 2009Cassandra EddyThis writing program is great! It is easy to teach. Children will learn to write at a pace that is perfect for them.