It follows the standard formula that we’ve all heard many times: tell ’em what you’re gonna tell ’em (introduction), then tell ’em (body), then tell ’em what you told ’em (conclusion).
I’ve alluded to the answer to this question already — your kids will need to know how to craft a five-paragraph essay in order to score well on the writing portions of the ACT and SAT.
They are also provided with possible sentence starter ideas and “useful words.” Then when they are done they can combine the sections into a single complete essay.
There are four different levels: elementary, middle school, high school, and college (and there’s also one called “Blog” — woot! Within each level are several templates appropriate to that level, such as a science lab report for high school and a historical document analysis for college.
Can you say “teach them literary analysis without them even realizing it?
” 🙂 Second, LTW assigns several essays over the course of the year, with each one being more complex than the last.
In each case the template is divided into appropriate sections; but the student can always add or subtract sections and/or reorder them. My kids enjoy using Write Well because it’s more interesting than just using a word processing program.
They like not having to work in order, but still being organized.
And I have to say that I am very impressed with how they do this.
First, LTW uses quality, engaging literature as the basis for the content of the essays the students will write.