WriteShop Review: Best Homeschool Writing Curriculum

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We have used my favorite homeschool writing curriculum for a full year now, so I thought it was time to finally write a WriteShop review.

I transitioned my children to WriteShop last year.  Previously we were using the BraveWriter program.  I love the BraveWriter lifestyle – tea with poetry, big juicy conversations, incorporating movies and fine arts, etc. – but I wasn’t seeing a lot of improvement in writing proficiency. 

Cultivating a love of language and writing is important, but so is the ability to write well.

Combining BraveWriter lifestyle activities with the WriteShop curriculum has been the best homeschool writing curriculum for my family

My son is currently working through the WriteShop Junior Curriculum and my daughter is just about to progress from WriteShop I to WriteShop II.

WriteShop Review

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The WriteShop homeschool writing curriculum has multiple levels, ranging from children just beginning to write all the way through high school students.

WriteShop Primary = K – 3rd

WriteShop Junior = 3rd – 6th

WriteShop I and II = Jr. High – High School

Each level is labelled with a different letter rather than a grade level equivalent. 

This can be confusing initially, but is very helpful if your child is working at a level that is different from their age-based grade level. 

Use the WriteShop placement quiz to help you determine the appropriate level for your child.


Each section of WriteShop differs a bit, due to the average age level of students, but there are several things I love that are consistent across all levels:

  • Lessons and materials are well organized
  • There is plenty of teacher/parent instruction and guidance – including a grading rubric
  • Writing assignments teach great technique and a variety of styles while still offering flexibility to include a child’s interests.

WriteShop Review – Junior Edition

Each level of WriteShop Junior contains 10 lessons.  I choose to spend three weeks on each lesson, but the teacher’s guide offers several scheduling options. 

There are two sample two-week lesson plans and even a schedule for teaching students in who are working through different books.

Homeschool parents often wonder if the teacher’s guide is truly necessary, and in the case of WriteShop, it is! 

The teacher’s guide lays out the lesson schedule, occasionally provides a script, and gives detailed information on how to best teach each lesson.

WriteShop review – sample Junior planning page

Every WriteShop Junior level teaches a variety of writing styles.  For example, in WriteShop F students will learn how to write a fable, humor, an adventure, science fiction, a mystery, poetry, personal narrative, descriptive narrative, a book report, and a nonfiction report.

The genres repeat throughout the entire curriculum, so don’t worry that your child won’t learn to write a book report if you start in a different level.  Just jump in when you are ready.

WriteShop Junior has a few different components: Teacher’s Guide, Activity Pack (this includes the student worksheet pack and the fold-n-go grammar pack), and Time Savers

The Time Savers pack is technically optional, but it really does save time.  I like to spend an evening organizing the writing curriculum so that everything is ready to go the rest of the year. 

Once it is organized by lesson, it takes almost no planning each week.  Just grab the teacher’s manual and the WriteShop lesson file and you are ready to teach writing anywhere.  This has come in handy many times when we need to get work done while waiting at co-ops.

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WriteShop review – Junior complete curriculum

The topics are broad enough kids can really get creative and include their interests (which naturally increases engagement and learning).  Ben once took a simple assignment about writing an adventure and turned it into a short story about an island surrounded by sharks. 

He had such a good time figuring out the plot and adding stock images that I don’t think he even knew he was learning!

WriteShop Review – I and II Edition

WriteShop I and II are geared towards middle school and high school students. The program consists of a teacher’s manual and a student workbook for each level.

If you are not comfortable teaching writing, video lessons are available.

The teacher’s manual for WriteShop I and II is combined into one book. I love this because it let’s you always see the next step.  It is also a great cost-savings because this teacher’s guide will last the entirety of WriteShop I and II.

There are a total of 30 lessons, covering topics such as describing an object, writing concisely, and writing a timed essay. 

The teacher’s manual offers two schedules – a two year track or a three year track.  We have opted to complete both levels in two years, at a pace of about one lesson every two weeks.

WriteShop review – I Sample Lesson Plan

The student workbook contains a few exercises per week that are designed to help a student strengthen specific writing skills.  Don’t skip these!  They are really quite valuable and are an integral part of improving writing.

WriteShop I and II lessons offer a broad topic, but give room for a child to personalize the writing and make it their own.  For example, in WriteShop I Hannah wrote a biography about her great-grandmother, a report about hedgehogs, and a fictitious journalism piece (also about a hedgehog . . . can you guess her favorite animal?). 

She is happy to spend time researching and editing her writing if it about a topic that is special to her.

WriteShop review – I and II Student and Teacher checklists

One last thing . . .

The WriteShop curricula can be purchased as either a digital pdf or a printed book. 

Typically, I recommend purchasing the printed versions.  The program is thorough and would require a good bit of time, paper, and printer ink to print at home.  Save yourself the time and effort by buying it already printed and bound.

However, with my current discount code for digital copies I think buying digital makes sense. You get instant access and save quite a bit of money. The digital copies are always cheaper than printed and you can currently save an additional 25%!

I hope this WriteShop review was helpful!  If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer.

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    1. WriteShop doesn’t specifically call it a research paper but WriteShop 1 lesson 9 is “Writing a Factual Report” with an emphasis on informative reports and avoiding plagiarism. WriteShop 2 lesson 19 is “Writing a Short Report” with an emphasis on outlining. There are other essay types taught as well as how to write within a time limit for timed essays. My daughter wrote about a page length for her factual report, but a parent could certainly require a longer report. Hope that helps!

  1. I know this is not a recent post but could you tell me how you incorporated brave writer with write shop.

    1. I like to incorporate Brave Writer activities like poetry teatime and watching movies after reading a book. Sometimes I buy the literature companion from Brave Writer for books we are studying.

    1. WriteShop 1 has 16 units, so I plan for 1 – 2 a month, depending on whether we have a busy calendar and whether my child’s understanding of the material. This pacing lets us finish WriteShop 1 in about a year and a half. Then we move straight into WriteShop 2.

  2. Would you say this curriculum would cover the grammar needed for my daughter who just turned 9? We are doing 3rd and 4th grade work at home. I’ve been looking at Spelling U See and Write Shop to cover all our language arts besides reading.

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