My oldest son took a correspondance course for his 3rd or 4th grade Language Arts. An older version of Write Source was one of the books used for the class. I remembered how he loved his Write Source book (at the time it was called Writer's Express). Additional, we somehow acquired Writer's Inc.-- the high school version of an older edition of Write Source. We referred to Writer's Inc a lot as I struggled to make all those other curriculi work for us.
Wanting something to hold my hand as I taught my kids to write, WriteShop fit the bill in that aspect, but I just didn't think it required enough of the student. At the time, I had one student working on his ninth-grade year and one on her 6/7th- grade year. I really felt I should be working towards more than developing a paragraph with that age level. I wanted to work on papers! I had already taught my students how to fashion a paragraph using Four Square(a story and curriculum for another day). So, WriteShop as a curriculum really frustrated me.
Not to long after my dismay with WriteShop began, I was purusing my Rainbow Resource catalog( I think it was the year it got really big--like a phone book---I remember because I couldn't read it in the bathtub anymore!--anyway--back to Write Source) when I happened upon this review . I think this review in and of itself answers so many questions about thecuriculum and should be required reading for anyone thinking about buying Write Source.
In a really big nut shell--my journey to Write Source.
Be sure to look at my complete review of Write Source.