Here is how the fine folks at The Write Foundation describe this product:
The teacher’s manual includes sample lesson plans to complete each lesson with either a five day schedule or ten day schedule. A sample five-day schedule would look like this:
Day 1: Sentence Structure & Practice (For example, practicing 3rd person, transitions, using adjectives, clauses, etc.)
Day 2: Teacher Writing Instructions
Day 3: Student works on Paragraph Writing Assignment
Day 4: Student completes Paragraph Assignment
Day 5: Poetry & Literary Concepts (similes, alliteration, hyperpole, etc.) and MindBenders, by The Critical Thinking Company
We found this curriculum to be very thorough in its content, but a little difficult to follow in the beginning. As a visual learner, I love the idea of using colored highlighters in reviewing literary samples. For example, in the first lesson the story of the Prodigal Son is used. The introductory paragraph is highlighted in pink, situation encountered is highlighted in blue, rising action is colored yellow, solution is green, results are colored orange, and finally the conclusion is colored pink again. The student then uses that as part of their brainstorming to come up with their own original story.
This curriculum goes beyond just writing instruction. It also incorporates grammar, critical thinking, and includes a list of required reading which will give the students great examples of many of the concepts they are learning.
Product Classification: Writing Curriculum (Christian Based)
Where it can be found: The Write Foundation
How Much?: $65 – $100 plus shipping and tax**
Who would benefit: 14 – 17 year olds
Other Products Available for younger students:
Level 1: The Sentence to Paragraph
Level 2: The Paragraph
**Uses Mind Benders, a product of The Critical Thinking Company, sold separately
Disclaimer: Members of the TOS Homeschool Crew were given copies of The Write Foundation: Essay Writing, Lessons 1 – 15 in exchange for their honest review of this product. No other compensation has been received.