For this review, we were given a digital copy of Jump In, 2nd Edition from Writing with Sharon Watson. I thought this would be a great course for Emmalee to take a look at as she has taken a recent interest in writing. She really has my passion for words and stories, but the average curricula tend to bore her.
I wasn’t sure about Jump In, 2nd Edition at first. The available sample download only gives a glimpse at the actual curriculum but it does offer some insight. However, with Emma’s tastes, I wasn’t sure if this would fit well for her but I thought we’d give it a try anyways.
I was not disappointed. Jump In is a wonderful, well-written curriculum for middle school students and those in high school who may need a review for Composition. In many states, composition is required for middle school ages and this course is simply perfect for that in my opinion.
It’s completely student guided. There is a teacher’s guide but it’s really just to help you, the parent, to answer any questions your student may have as they work through the course on their own. It’s the perfect course for your student to gain some independence in their education. It would be great for a student who is learning on their own for the first time as the workbook is completely self-directed and easy to follow along with.
Jump In, 2nd Edition Teacher’s Guide
This is a guide for Middle School Composition. I received a digital copy. It is 123 pages in length and prints on regular copy paper to 8.5×11 size. There is a Table of Contents to help you easily find your way around the guide.
The guide begins with helping you in setting up a one, two or three year schedule for your student to use. Find the fit that works best for your student. If they need more time and are just learning composition skills, then 3 years may fit best but if they’re determined writers then a one year plan may be more to their tastes. I let Emma work at her own pace.
Through the rest of this guide, you will find helpful tips to guide you in the process of guiding your student. An explanation of the Steps of Writing, a checklist of completion to help your student write better, and information galore about the writing process. You will also find grading guides to help you grade your students work as they learn.
Jump In, 2nd Edition Middle School Composition Workbook
The student workbook is 292 pages in length. It can be easily printed. I used front and back formatted printing for Emma’s copy.
There is a Table of Contents at the front of the guide to allow your student to easily find things within the guide. The lessons are very easy to understand and follow along as your student works. We chose to allow Emma to work self paced on her course.
You waste no time jumping right into the coursework. It isn’t a heavily structured format and lessons flow like reading a fun activity book. There are fill in questions that your student answers, checklists of questions to check off, and loads of other fun activities that get your student creating content right away. And it really is fun, not mundane tasks being completed but challenging, though-provoking learning that gets your child writing.
There are 98 Skills lessons, and an additional 19 Skills that are checklists and written assignments to be completed. Lessons vary in length from 5 to 20 minutes to completion, depending on how your child does. The course teaches writing sentences and advances to teaching how to write 9 different types of essays, and a research report complete with citation work. Proofreading is part of the learning experience as well. Your student will need a separate Grammar program to use along with Jump In. Writing assignments vary in word length by assignment.
We have really loved and will continue to use Jump In, 2nd Edition for Emmalee and for other students in the future. It’s a wonderful course that really keeps Emma motivated to write and learn more. She truly loves it.
You can purchase Jump In, 2nd Edition as a digital download for $40.
You can purchase Jump In, 2nd Edition Teacher’s Guide as a digital download for $10.
You can find samples of these workbooks on the website as well.
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