Writing Strands

February 5, 2011
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Writing Strands

Content: Writing
Grade(s): K – 12th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Minimal
Teacher Manual: No
Teacher Involvement: Moderate
Cost: $ || ?
Pages: 77
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: www.writingstrands.com

Common Core Aligned: No

From Writing Strands’ website:

Writing Strands is a full language arts program includes writing, reading, and speaking. The lower levels of the Writing Strands series teach four types of foundational skills—basic, organizational, descriptive, and creative—which must be mastered before a student can learn the more advanced skills taught in the upper levels. The upper levels build on the foundational skills and teach students how to compose the four main types of writing: creative, research and report, argumentative, and explanatory. If students complete the Writing Strandsseries with competence, they will be prepared to write all types of papers assigned at a university level.

Ages 3-7: Level 1 – Kids who have not learned to write, yet.

Ages 7-8: Level 2 – Can write simple sentences on their own.

Ages 8-12: Level 3 – Can write a series of paragraphs on their own.

Ages 13-14: Level 4 – Basic ability to organize ideas, structure, and transition between paragraphs.

Ages 15-15: Level 5 – Knows basic writing skills and can work with abstract ideas.

Age 17: Level 6 – Ready for research reports.

Age 18: Level 7 – Ready for argumentative essay, research reports, and short stories.

Have you ever used Writing Strands? How did it work for your family? Share your review below.



  • Marlene February 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    We enjoy this series.
    Recommend: start with level 3 in late elementary school level.
    This is a good way of covering basic grammar, sentence structure, and then paragraphs outside of a hardcore grammar program. My daughter, who loves to write, now focuses her writing in a way she did not before working these assignments.

  • Kelli February 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    We tried this and found it to be basic and very dry. We tried to push through but ended up stopping it. I found it to be very slow, maybe the higher levels move faster but we did not choose to stick it out.

  • Betty Porter February 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I tried this twice with both of my sons. It’s good in theory, but I didn’t work for us. It seemed really dry, & my kids dreaded it. Neither of my kids liked to write, so that made it worse. It might work for children that enjoy writing.

  • Regena February 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I used this entire series, from the Level 3 book through the end, with my older son. I think it is a very good program for those children who are “natural writers”. It did not work well at all for my writing phobic younger son. I did manage to finally complete the Level 3 book with him in sixth grade, last year, but I was really not happy with the results.

    In order to really make this series work well for you, I believe the parent needs to obtain and read the Evaluating Writing book that goes along with the series – and re-read it at regular intervals.

    I do not see any need to use the lower level books in this series, which include more verbal work than actual writing. The Level 3 book is a good starting point for a child of any age who is beginning the program (and I would not begin it until fourth or fifth grade).

  • Debi Robertson February 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    This program did not work for my son. My son used it for a little while then it was abandoned.
    I believe his vocabulary was beyond his spelling ability and was just frustrated with writing – since he wanted to spell it correctly and using a substitute word did not make him happy with his writing.
    Also, the writing was fictional writing and my son is a fact based reader and writer.

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