The Write Stuff Adventure
Written by a grandfather of home schoolers, The Write Stuff Adventure covers a wide range of literary genres from simple letter writing to essays. Toward the end of the book, the author also covers topics like interviewing, writing a news release, and photography. Emphasis is put on making the student feel comfortable and competent.
The book is written to the parent/teacher and is organized into 6 sections. Some lessons are simple writing prompts designed to get them to just write, while some lessons have tips on organizing information and improving writing. There are 120 lessons total.
- Creative activities and prompts to start them thinking
- Goes into subject areas not normally taught in home school writing program (newspaper article writing, photography…)
- Easily taught one-on-one or in a group
- Very light on actual writing instruction
Personally, I would never use this book because it lacks actual teaching. Asking a student to rewrite a writing assignment without giving clear direction on what should be improved is like expecting someone to solve an algebraic equation without teaching them what to do. I also disagree with the notion of positive reinforcement without cause. Give the kids something to learn and then praise them when they have learned it. But praising kids just for writing a paragraph or two sets them up for confusion when you expect improvement down the road.