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I would like to find a writing curriculum for my 6th grader that teaches basic skills such as writing a book report, a letter, a short story...  

We have started our year using IEW SWI-B. We are about a month in, and I find it to be so boring and annoying. I don’t feel like she is really learning anything, and we are both tired of key word outlines. I would love to have her working on writing projects that have a purpose so she can see why these skills are important. She has also been using Fix It Grammar, and she likes it so we will continue with this. 

Any suggestions?

 

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Cover Story? No book reports, but that's not a format that's ever needed in high school writing anyway. (My graduates never did a single book report.) It does cover many different forms of writing, from a haiku to sort stories, and it's entertaining. Based on my experience children who find creative writing difficult and/or a chore may not be good fits for it. 

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Abeka, BJU, How to Report on Books (love this), Mrs. Renz book projects (now on tpt maybe, used to be free on her blog).

What you might do is a combo like the Creative Writer stuff from PHP plus How to Report on Books plus a couple projects. You're probably just wanting her to write 1-2 letters, so anything meaningful to her will do. A writing handbook will have formats.

 https://www.amazon.com/How-Report-Books-Grades-5-6/dp/1596730862/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543424086&sr=8-1&keywords=how+to+report+on+books

                                            The Creative Writer: Level One: Five Finger Exercises (The Creative Writer)                                     

https://www.abeka.com/abekaonline/bookdescription.aspx?sbn=303267&childSbn=174645

This is their 7th grade https://www.abeka.com/abekaonline/bookdescription.aspx?sbn=138835&gclid=CjwKCAjwzJjrBRBvEiwA867byiy1mYgj5ODDH8RRViMPROZbVt6oUQsXqVxQq1p97tLKq22ERqmbIRoCoYkQAvD_BwE  But you could piddle other things and go into it next year or grab the gr6.

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In addition to Cover Story, Beyond the Book Report, and Winning With Writing all mentioned above, you might look at Jump In -- it covers most of your desired writing assignments:

expository writing:
- biography
- book report
- book response
- newspaper article
- a "how to" (process essay)
- compare and contrast

persuasive writing:
- cause and effect

descriptive writing:
- short description

narrative writing:
- short narrative

creative writing:
- poetry writing

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Thank you all for these suggestions. Several of these look interesting. I have a friend who has encouraged me to read “The Writer’s Jungle” and look into writing projects with Bravewriter. I’m going to focus on researching these options for the next few weeks.

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9 hours ago, Targhee said:

I immediately thought of Beyond the Book Report, though it’s not one I have used

I thought of this too and I've never used it either.

8 hours ago, Lori D. said:

In addition to Cover Story, Beyond the Book Report, and Winning With Writing all mentioned above, you might look at Jump In -- it covers most of your desired writing assignments:

expository writing:
- biography
- book report
- book response
- newspaper article
- a "how to" (process essay)
- compare and contrast

persuasive writing:
- cause and effect

descriptive writing:
- short description

narrative writing:
- short narrative

creative writing:
- poetry writing

I'm loving jump-in with my 7th garder too.

I think doing some Bravewriter projects would be a good break too, although might not have the structure you want.

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On August 30, 2019 at 7:50 AM, Bay Lake Mom said:

I have a friend who has encouraged me to read “The Writer’s Jungle” and look into writing projects with Bravewriter.

Sounding like a come to the dark side kinda moment LOL

 

 

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So, I really like the looks of Jump In!  It seems broken down into “doable” chunks. It’s affordable too!  I spent some time looking into Bravewriter, and although it does look lovely, I don’t think it’s quite what we need. 

I bought Jump In! On Amazon. It will be here Tuesday. Thank you all for your suggestions!

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22 minutes ago, Bay Lake Mom said:

So, I really like the looks of Jump In!  It seems broken down into “doable” chunks. It’s affordable too!  I spent some time looking into Bravewriter, and although it does look lovely, I don’t think it’s quite what we need. 

I bought Jump In! On Amazon. It will be here Tuesday. Thank you all for your suggestions!


Hope it works great for you! 🙂

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