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Need a basic writing intensive for the last few weeks of school

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English this year with my 9th grader has been a nightmare.  I'm with a home-based charter that allows us to use curriculum of our choice.  We've been using a few different things, most recently Writing with Skill because I felt like she needed some help with technical writing.  However it was SO. . . SLOWLY. . . PACED.  It drove both of us crazy.  How many times do you need to practice making an outline?  

Anyway, the charter has tried repeatedly to push IEW on us.  But it looks SO involved, especially with the short time we have left.  I can't even figure out where to start.  Every time I try I'm directed to videos about how wonderful the program is without any actual practical information on how to use it or videos on homeschooling philosophy or yet another product or book they want me to buy.  I don't need a philosophy shoved at me, i just need a BASIC NUTS and  BOLTS WRITING PROGRAM that will help my kid over the course of 7-8 weeks.  

Can anyone direct me to something solid and basic for a 9th grader who is a fantastic creative writer but needs help with technical writing? 

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Too late for the 4th quarter (which is in progress),  but you could do the summer session of Lantern English writing, and slowly work your way through the essay-writing series of classes (Essay Basics; Essay Basics Practice; Growing the Essay; Growing the Essay Practice). Classes are 8 weeks long and each class is $60. Summer session sign up starts May 25, payment is due June 10, summer session runs June 15-Aug. 10.

Much more expensive, but you could get possibly get what you need with individualized instruction with a tutor... if nothing local, possibly a Scholé Academy (Classical Academic Press) tutor?

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Which level of Writing with Skill are you using. For the time you have left, you could possibly look at doing the longer sample of the next level, as well, since you are already set up for it. You might just be placed too low.

If your charter likes IEW, maybe look at Elegant Essay instead of the core stuff. I've never done that, but we liked Windows to the World by the same author.

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On 3/24/2020 at 6:59 PM, Forget-Me-Not said:

Can anyone direct me to something solid and basic for a 9th grader who is a fantastic creative writer but needs help with technical writing? 

 

Can you get Jenson's Format Writing and just learn the forms so that she can use them when called upon to do so? My thinking is...she's already a writer, I wouldn't use a time-eating big, formal program. 

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8 hours ago, OKBud said:

 

Can you get Jenson's Format Writing and just learn the forms so that she can use them when called upon to do so? My thinking is...she's already a writer, I wouldn't use a time-eating big, formal program. 

 

2 hours ago, ChrisB said:

I might have to buy Jenson's to have as a reference along side our regular program. Thanks!!


Just a heads-up -- Jensen's is dry.as.dust. And pretty brief in instruction. We did use parts of it, but mostly the business writing aspects. I have since seen more detailed info about those types of writing just by doing online searches and looking at various web articles. Just a thought!

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