I'm adding here a link to a PDF of the topics that I intend to cover in Levels 1-4.
Wow, thank you so much!! I'm blown away by all the thought that went into that (and will come out of it from future WWS students)!
In eleventh grade, have her start working through the Oxford Guide to Writing once per week in addition to WWS.
In twelfth grade, have her work on the Oxford Guide to Writing 3x per week. If you want her EXTRAORDINARILY well prepared, add in THEY SAY, I SAY: THE MOVES THAT MATTER IN ACADEMIC WRITING, which is one of the clearest and most useful guides I've found to the peculiarities of university-level composition.
This is really helpful to me for my grade 8 student, too. I had doubts a few months ago about how to guide him this year, since he already knows how to outline, and knew very basically how to rewrite from an outline. I just didn't know how to help him improve those rewrites. But WWS, in just a few short weeks, has given him some more concrete skills (that I didn't know about) to work on. Today he wrote a multi-paragraph composition that just blew me away, and I know it's because of the precision in WWS. So, as long as it keeps being published, he will keep going through it. So it's helpful to know of some options (and why) when he reaches the end of WWS.
Speaking of precision - when I was in high school, and was told to "write an essay/book report" on a book or a topic; I never, ever knew how to go about this. I used to think, "I wish the teacher would just give me a list of thought-provoking questions that I could answer in writing. I can do that; I can answer questions. But I don't know what questions to ask myself, so I have to bluff my way through this assignment somehow." But WWS does this - it asks the questions, and it shows the student how to come up with questions in order to come up with and think about specific topics. I am so thankful.
Question: Could/should A Rulebook for Arguments
figure into a possible grade 11-12 plan after WWS? Why or why not?
2) AVAILABILITY OF FUTURE LEVELS. I'm on schedule to finish one level per year. What this means is that future levels will be available in September of each succeeding year...as long as you're willing to work from manuscript/PDF copies that we send you by email until the printed books are finished.
Again, this is an invaluable part of the process for me--getting feedback from parents before the final books are printed. I had originally intended to make WWS available starting in the fall of 2012, and the Feb. 2012 pub date was so that we'd have copies for the spring curriculum fairs. However, the beta testers were SO helpful that I'd like to continue to put the program out a year earlier for feedback. The more parents and kids who use this, the more effectively I can fine-tune it.
Drawbacks: You get manuscript/PDF copies and they're not as pretty. And you have to print them yourself.
Advantages: It's free.
If I am understanding this correctly, you will be looking for beta-testers every September, right? I'll be looking for your announcement each year - your materials just make SO MUCH sense to my kids and me!
I'll be talking up WWS next week when my classical Moms support group meets to listen to your middle grades writing lecture. If anyone is interested (most of their kids are working on WWE still), I'll be sure to point them to this thread and the scope and sequence link.