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I may finally have a comp. plan for upper elementary-10th. Anyone familiar with Sharon Watson?


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I think this could be a writing curriculum that finally fits our needs: ots of hand holding for the mom and student. not intimidating but in bite size pieces and written in a conversational tone, no juggling dvds or multiple parts.  Simple but solid.  I'll be giving Jump In a go with my 6th grader next year. Fingers crossed.  I'd love to hear your reviews and implementation suggestions, especially of the high school curriculum as reviews were harder to come by. 

 

Jump In (jr. high or 5th-8th grade depending on who you ask)

http://cathyduffyreviews.com/grammar-composition/jump-in.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Jump-In-Workbook-Reluctant-workbook/dp/1932012745/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401732899&sr=8-1&keywords=jump+in+writing+program

http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/reviews/curriculum/reviews.aspx?id=483

 

The Power in Your Hands (high school, love that literary analysis is covered)

http://cathyduffyreviews.com/grammar-composition/Power-in-Your-Hands.htm

http://www.amazon.com/The-Power-Your-Hands-Nonfiction/dp/1477459235/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401732984&sr=8-1&keywords=the+power+in+your+hands

http://schoolhousereviewcrew.com/writing-with-sharon-watson-review/

http://www.christianbook.com/power-hands-writing-nonfiction-school-textbook/sharon-watson/9781477459232/pd/459232?event=AFF&p=1023439&

 

Writing Fiction in High School

http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Fiction-High-School-Bringing/dp/1463582080/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401733193&sr=1-1&keywords=writing+fiction+in+high+school

 

 

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We used the writing prompts from the Jump In tm one year and enjoyed them immensely.  I think if it looks like a good fit for your student, you'll be fine with it.  Timberdoodle recommends it for their cores, and it certainly seems very thorough.  

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We used the writing prompts from the Jump In tm one year and enjoyed them immensely.  I think if it looks like a good fit for your student, you'll be fine with it.  Timberdoodle recommends it for their cores, and it certainly seems very thorough.  

 

I did not know that.  Thank you so much for the input, OhElizabeth.  

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I really like Jump In, and some six graders could certainly do great with it. If you do everything in it, including the year's worth of prompts in the TM, it will only last 2 years at best though.

 

DD and I really like the looks of her high school materials too, but we went sideways to Cover Story instead (24 week course written for 6-8). After Cover Story + regular essays history and lit, she wants to do Power in Your Hands for 10th, and One Year Adventure Novel for 11th.

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I really like Jump In, and some six graders could certainly do great with it. If you do everything in it, including the year's worth of prompts in the TM, it will only last 2 years at best though.

 

DD and I really like the looks of her high school materials too, but we went sideways to Cover Story instead (24 week course written for 6-8). After Cover Story + regular essays history and lit, she wants to do Power in Your Hands for 10th, and One Year Adventure Novel for 11th.

 

 

Thanks!  We're going to take it slow his 6th grade year, if necessary.  If he's not ready for it, then, we'll shelve it until later.  My son will be doing dual enrollment his junior high school year, so it's really important that I prep him well for college writing before then.   I haven't heard about Cover Story or One Year Adventure Novel.  I'll have to check them out!  

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Lavender Girl,

 

I agree with your assessment and this is the writing path I am hoping to follow for my oldest who will be 6th this fall. In my journey to finding something straightforward and doable for ME that won't drive my child to hate writing I narrowed it down to Jump In or Meaningful Composition. I do intend to fit Cover Story in as he's a budding creative writer and I think the 20-24 weeks with Cover Story will be inspiring for him. My greatest desire has been to having something streamlined without bells, whistles or DVDs that I can UNDERSTAND. I LOVE the simplicity of presentation and the low cost. 

 

 

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