This article is in collaboration with Writing with Sharon Watson.
Asking a group of homeschool moms which subject is hardest is a bit like asking, ‘What do you like on your pizza?’ Answers will be all over the place – many homeschoolers dread teaching writing.
It can be a challenge to encourage our students to put their thoughts into written words. Grading writing can feel very difficult because it is more subjective than subjects such as math, which have a clear solution.
Writing with Sharon Watson has a variety of writing and literature programs, however the Homeschool Review Crew members have recently had the opportunity to review Jump In, 2nd Edition (a writing program for middle grades students).
Jump In, 2nd Edition is a flexible writing program for grades 5-8 that includes various schedules for completing the program in as little as one year and as long as three years depending on the needs of your student. The set includes both a student workbook and a teacher’s manual. It is available in both print and digital formats.
Using small, bite sized lessons, Jump In, 2nd Edition teaches over 98 different writing skills and brings students from writing paragraphs to writing essays. Some of those kills include:
- Write a how-to paper
- Write a persuasive essay
- Brainstorm and organize points
- Write a report with documentation
- Write a book report
- Conquer compare and contrast
- Write a newspaper article
There is an online lesson for Works Cited. Jump In used the online format instead of print so that it can be updated, as there are changes in the accepted methods.
If you have seen the original version of Jump In, it is of note that Jump In, 2nd Edition offers more help with paragraphs, writing personal narratives, and proofreading. It includes a specific checklist for each assignment to help students proofread their work.
The teacher’s manual has a wide variety of information help make teaching writing as painless as possible. There are sample schedules, rubrics, answer keys, and other helpful checklists. There are even sample essays that have been graded to help parents understand what an ‘A’ essay would look like at this level.
This program is a great way to help your middle grades student improve their writing and prepare for high school.
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Thank you to to Dawn Peluso of Schoolin’ Swag for writing this introduction article.