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Having a hard time here. We have tried many so different writing programs, and nothing seems *right*. My main issue is that these programs break writing down into such small chunks that my kids (who love to write) don't get enough actual writing each day. We are not really interested in brainstorming, outlining, filling out graphic organizers, dictation, etc. etc. etc. All these activities are great, but they really distract us from actually writing. (BTW, it's not to say that we don't employ these tools, but we already have enough resources that encourage them.) I do love the meatier portions of Fishman's Creative Writer (we are only in Level 1), where he identifies one element and instructs students to practice that element by writing 500 words. I am looking for something similar, but for essay / formal writing; something that requires a lot of writing... perhaps 500 words or more per assignment, then revisions after that. I am looking for something that requires students to write from within, ie communicate their own thoughts and opinions rather than summarize someone else's. I have started to wonder if perhaps I need to advance our programs (we are in 6th and 7th), but I see the same things in the higher-grade programs. Is it me? Am I just not "getting it?"
I was wondering if there is such a thing as a curriculum that has the students writing an 5 paragraph essay each week? I was thinking of doing this with my freshman next year, but why reinvent the wheel? If someone else has already come up with an actual curric for this, that's one thing off my list. I know the IEW topical books are almost one a week, but the topic books don't sound that interesting to my ds. Ideas? Thanks!!!