Robin in DFW Posted February 22, 2012 Share Posted February 22, 2012 I need to get my ds14, 9th grade, working through an organized, thorough writing program for the next few years. We have piddled around with various programs, starting and not completing anything, mostly because I find them tedious, complicated and boring. We have attempted the following prior to high school: Jensen's Format Writing, Writing Strands 3 (actually did most of this one), IEW SWI-B (son got tired of doing KWO and rewrites...I wasn't sure how to adjust), Spectrum Writing, some others I can't remember, and just doing our own thing...narrations, summaries, outlining, coming up with my own prompts for Literature essays, research projects, etc. I have been reading the lastest "writing" thread with great interest, but much apprehension and confusion. I do not want to use that many resources nor do I want the whole process to be complicated. I HAVE many of the books talked about...purchased them over the years as recommended in TWTM. I can't seem to do anything with them. I need something that lays it all out, but still allows for individuality. I do want my ds to be able to express himself in writing adequately, to write essays for literature or history or science and to know how to organize his thoughts for these assignments. He doesn't particularly enjoy writing, but does enjoy the finished product, especially when it turns out well. I want something that covers the various types of writing one might need in order to produce solid writing for any high school level assignment and move that into acceptable college level papers. Both of my daughters can write quite well and did not have much instruction from me. One dd is a journalism major, but she went to PS so I had nothing to do with her ability. My other dd (homeschooled) says writing programs did not help her (and I tried a few with her). She says just writing for various assignments and using models (Writer's Inc. Handbook) was most helpful for her. It just happens for them. Both have done very well in their college composition courses. It has been a bit more challenging for my son. I don't want to stifle any creativity or ideas he might have (he tends to freeze up if I critique too much), or cause him to write in a stilted fashion because he is adhering to some writing formula. I do want him to understand how different types of writing should be organized and presented and then have him work on it. I have been paralyzed by this and haven't done much with him for writing this year. We do write, but I feel there needs to be some order to it all and there needs to be more regularly scheduled writing instruction. We have talked about the different types of papers one might be asked to write, but we haven't "done" them. The process is holding me up. I'm stymied... Please offer some gentle advice...I've beat myself up over this already. Thanks, Robin Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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