We will probably be using Easy Grammar Plus for the grammar component of this study group session and a variety of writing curricula and ideas for the writing section. I (Sherry) do not like IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing), although I have borrowed some ideas from that curriculum. We will also be using some ideas from Circe Institute’s (Andrew Kern) The Lost Tools of Writing and from Jensen’s Format Writing.
However, the best way to learn to write well, and to learn to enjoy writing, is to write, and write, and write some more. Students will write one essay or report or other piece of work per week. Choose a topic, preferably a topic that interests the student, on Tuesday during class. Outline or plan on Wednesday. Write on Thursday. Revise and edit with parent on Friday. Complete final paper on Monday. Every week. By the end of the school year students will have produced about thirty pieces of writing, and their writing will have improved immensely.