My oldest son is 12yo and in 7th grade. While he has completed most of the writing assignments in Rod and Staff through the years, he has only completed 1 writing program (IEW's SWI-A) and that was a year and a half ago.
We have 5 children (the baby is 4 months), and I work part-time so writing is that one thing that always got pushed to the back burner.
But THIS is the year of writing for my 7th and 5th graders!!
I feel like I've squandered a lot of time with him in terms of his writing capabilities and my goal is to fix that in a big way this year. I have read through the entire TWTM 4th edition, see my many mistakes and failures as my children's teacher, and want to start fresh.
So - if your 7th grader had never completed a formal writing program, where would you start?
Just as background, my rising 7th grader is a bright boy who catches on quickly. This kid has an amazingly creative brain and his creative writing is nothing short of fabulous. He has an excellent grasp of English, grammar, and spelling, and enjoys working with words. He also isn't much of a self-starter and lacks motivation. I have to prod...a lot.
After many long hours of research here on the WTM forum, I'm leaning towards WWS Level 1. Would this be a good starting point? I also am intrigued with the idea of CAP's W&R and especially Lost Tools of Writing. Yes, I realize these programs are all different birds, so to speak. I'm open to any and all suggestions!