We actually tried CAP W&R last year, she hated it so badly that she began hiding her workbooks around the house.
lol -- but an after the fact lol.
...I think she just generally hates writing. We just finished our very first essay and she did well after we went back and did loads of edits. I am not sure that we should still be there in 6th grade.
I've been teaching homeschool Lit. & Comp. co-op classes to gr. 7-12 students for over 5 years now. On average, what you are describing is where the AVERAGE 9th graders are -- finishing their very first essays after loads of edits and my mentoring comments on their papers at each stage, talking them through what's missing and giving them ideas of how to address rewrites, as well as how to come up with a thesis statement and how to build a solid argument.
No way I would expect that of an average 6th grader, and certainly not from one who hates writing.
DD's hating of writing and struggling with the longer writing suggests to me that she's not ready for what you're expecting. I'd suggest backing down a bit on the expectations and spend the year working on short, solid paragraphs of different types this year. And take several days to a week to produce that paragraph, so you can spread the stages of the writing process out into more manageable "bites" for her.
Especially important: keep writing more *enjoyable* this year as she begins to transition into understanding how to put together paragraphs. I'm circling back to again recommend Wordsmith Apprentice, which is not so formal or structured, has a fun element to it, and can be done in as small or large of a "bite" a day as works for your DD. I do have to say: I had 2 pencil-phobic writing-hating DSs (and #2 had mild LDs so that writing was a tremendous struggle for him on top of hating writing), and both enjoyed Wordsmith Apprentice.
I totally understand that you, as the parent-teacher, click better with a more structured and formal program, but that doesn't sound like that's working for your DD right now. If you think DD needs to wait another year before trying any kind of program, you could go really unstructured this year, and just do a variety of paragraphs -- these resources all have ideas for different types of writing projects to let DD select from:
100 Writing Lessons (McCarthy) -- teaching lessons and assignment ideas in all 4 writing areas (descriptive, narrative, expository, persuasive)
50 Writing Lessons That Work (Miller) -- teaching lessons and assignment ideas; more scattered in approach
Unjournaling -- interesting prompts for short writing practice
Write On (Newell) -- wide variety of ideas for writing assignments
Another option that might appeal to your DD is either writing regular short blog entries (for a blog that has parent-restricted access to limited readers -- like certain relatives and friends). Another option that might appeal is if your DD is a bit more arts-minded, and would like to create a lapbook or a notebook on your History or Science or topic of interest to DD. Then the writing becomes short, weekly informational paragraphs -- for a lapbook, each paragraph is a little booklet that is incorporated into the lapbook; for notebooking, one page might be a 1-sentence caption and an illustration, while another page might be several paragraphs on the same topic -- but built up/added to slowly over 2 weeks. At the end of the year, there would be great satisfaction in having a large amount of output that accumulated a little at a time, and the writing would be on a subject of interest to DD.
Quality and solid foundations are the MOST important thing to get down FIRST, and I would NOT be worrying about "grade expectations" at this age -- like I said above, 6th grade is very early and unusual to be ready for doing multi-paragraph essays. No need to make Writing a fight or fuel a developing dislike of Writing this year by expecting a bigger jump than your student is ready for.
Of course, that is all JMO. BEST of luck in finding what works for your family and Writing this year. Warmest regards, Lori D.
Edited by Lori D., 10 October 2017 - 02:29 PM.