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Help! Which writing for my 8th grader?

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I am driving myself crazy trying to figure out writing for 8th grade.   ds13  has done the WWE series and Treasured Conversations and various other pieces of things . This year we tried EIW.  We both hated it!  He enjoys writing research reports using note taking, an outline, etc.  He has done lots of creative writing in the past, but doesn't seem to enjoy that so much now.  I had planned on using WWS1, but looking at the samples, I can tell he will resist it!  He loves history and loves to read. He and I work best together when I teach him a small lesson or we have a short discussion and then leave him to complete the work while I am available to answer questions or give my input.  I am a fairly good writer, but I like guidelines!  Can anyone suggest anything that will prepare him for high school level writing? 

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I'm not a huge fan but reading your post sounds like IEW might be a good fit, you could get one of the history themed books. Have you looked at those?

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You're right, he would enjoy the history based or Narnia ones.  It looks like we need to have some prior experience with IEW, though.  I wish we had done the IEW intro course this year.  That had been my original plan, but I switched at the last minute!

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I would consider going without a purchased program, but have him write reports as you mentioned. Also, do some outlining and summaries from his other subjects. 

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Thanks everyone.  I think what I am going to do is just use the resources I have (Thinking in Threes, Writer's Jungle, some MP lit guides, etc), and make a big list of assignments (creative and essay-type) and let him work through the list.  So, I'm thinking things like reports related to his science topics, writing an alternative ending for a book he's just read,summaries from history and lit, imitating the style of his favorite author, some of the essays from the Hobbit lit guide, etc.  I think he will enjoy selecting his own assignments from the ones I provide.    He is going to be outlining in history (I may teach him Cornell style note-taking) and writing mini-lit essays like in the WTM.   He keeps a commonplace book on his own.  I think I have enough resources to help me review each type of writing before he begins each assignment... 

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