Brave Writer KidsWrite
From BraveWriter’s website:
Kidswrite Basic covers the first 9 chapters of The Writer’s Jungle. It is a supported environment for completing those exercises and experiencing models of quality feedback (the type and content) from an instructor. This course covers the following skills:
- Communication (We use a game to get you started! Fun!)
- Freewriting (The breakthrough tool that has unleashed thousands of blocked writers)
- Keen observation (The skill needed to dig out the rich vocabulary lurking inside your child)
- Revising (We give you tools and permission to get in there with your kids and help!)
- Editing (The mechanics mop up!)
- Publishing (Share that great writing with the world!)
KidsWrite Intermediate is the natural follow-up to Kidswrite Basic, particularly for 8th to 10th graders or high school students who’ve had little experience with writing. KWB is not a necessary prerequisite, however. This course enables students to develop their writing voices while it teaches them how to think rhetorically. We use a variety of exercises. These exercises are also found in the first half of the manual: Help for High School. Writing skills to be addressed are:
- Musicality in language
- Powerful association (metaphor)
- Keenly observing an idea
- Rhetorical thinking
- Discovering the “true truth” in writing
- Collage writing (a final project that synthesizes the work over the six weeks)
Kidswrite Intermediate acts as a transition between the free-wheeling, personal experience-driven writing of youth and the more disciplined, rhetorically-driven thinking of academic writing.
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These skills are taught in entirely new ways (not seen in other curricula). In this class, parents interact directly with the instructor in a private classroom. The instructor posts assignments while the homeschooling parents post student writing and questions. As you work with your children at home, the instructor will support you, answer your questions, and give you guidance so that you succeed in becoming your child’s best writing coach and ally. Our aim is to make it possible for you to be your child’s writing instructor so that you don’t have to rely on anyone else!
We’ve found that the class environment leads to a rich learning experience for you. Not only will you receive personal feedback on your children’s writing, but you will also be able to read the writing of other homeschooled children and the instructor’s feedback to those families. Because homeschooling can be an isolating experience, we’ve discovered that our online classes offer what an online tutorial can’t: a chance to be exposed to lots of writing by kids at all ages and stages of growth.
This experience gives you more confidence when assessing your own child’s development. (In fact, we find that the experience is usually enormously reassuring since the majority of homeschooling parents tend to be a little nervous that their own children are not performing at a high enough level.)
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