Teaching Writing Sitemap

Worried about teaching writing? This Writing Sitemap has links to the writing pages on my site.

It is written as a guide to help the homeschooling parent find ways to teach writing, practice writing, develop their own writing curriculum, check out writing forms, copywork, find free printables, view simple ways to teach grammar in context and through songs, spelling ideas and download graphic organizers as well as E-books written to be integrated language arts lesson plans.

Writing is the vehicle which God used to bring His Words to our ears. It is also the way in which we can interact with others- near and far. The world has become so close through the internet, and to avoid mis-understanding, we must write clearly; We must be able to persuade; to encourage; to respond to news and editorials; to critically analyse information; to add information; to lead and guide others.

How you go about teaching writing to your children in your home is completely your decision. Use this page as a springboard  of ideas and methods which you can adapt to develop the art of writing without the stress!


Ways to Teach Writing

How can you teach writing? On this page, is my simple  no nonsense idea of teaching the Writing process and the steps involved in teaching writing. Let's learn some more about teaching writing here...

Steps 9 & 10 - Teaching Creative Writing using Stylistic Elements and Forms of writing can be found here.


Teaching the Writing Skills

Writing Curriculum can be broken down into a number of skill sets such as Handwriting and Composition, Spelling and Vocabulary and Formal Grammar. What do we want to develop in these areas in our homeschool writing curriculum? Find out here. More about Writing Skills...


Teaching Language Arts Through Literature

Learning Language arts through literature is using literature as a base to teach handwriting, spelling, writing techniques, grammar and punctuation. This is done by selecting a model of excellent literature and drawing all the aspects of language arts from this. This can be used as a complete homeschool language arts curriculum which you create.

It expands the 10 Day Outline you see on the right.

More about Integrated Language Arts Lesson Plans

Ten Day Outline

  • Copy the Writing
  • Work on Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Dictation
  • Keyword Outline
  • Working with Words
  • Work with style
  • Proof reading
  • Re-writing
  • Final Copy

Modeling the Classics E-Books
Integrated Lesson Plans based on Literature

Modeling the Classics is an E-book using a simple, integrated approach to use literature as the basis of language arts lesson Plans - one book for multi-ages covering all the language arts! This is what the integrated language arts lesson plans (which I describe above) look like in reality.  There are 2 Books to get you started:  The Hobbit;  Teaching Descriptive Writing;

Lesson Plans Based on The Hobbit

Lesson Plans - Descriptive Writing


Language Arts Lesson Plans based on Fables

How do you use Aesop's Fables as a base of a language arts lesson plan? Read the step by step way in which you can use any Aesops Fable and  create a homeschool language arts lesson plan around it.

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

The Milkmaid and Her Pail

The Bundle of Sticks


Teaching Writing Forms

All the above steps deal with how to teach writing mechanics. It is also important to know how to teach writing Forms.

Here children can find the type of writing in which they can shine. Writing is fun and exciting, a way to explore words, and inspire others.

By teaching different forms of writing, the child can experiment with letter writing, poetry, play-writing, advertising, essays and so on. List of Writing Forms here.

For Example:  Subject Writing

  • Biographical Writing,
  • Autobiographical Writing,
  • Newspaper Stories,
  • How-to-Writing,
  • Descriptions,
  • First Hand Experiences,
  • Book Reports,
  • Eyewitness Accounts,
  • Observation Reports,
  • Personal Research Reports,
  • Multimedia Computer Reports,
  • Interviews

Graphic Organizers

Graphic Organizers are a great way to organize your thoughts in preparation to write.


Free Homeschool Printables for Writing 

Free Copywork: Verses on Trust:

Narration Page with Drawing Box Printable. Use this over and over again for different subjects. -stories, narrations of science, history, literature.Space for a picture to be added. Lines with dotted thirds to keep handwriting neatly proportioned.

  • Narrative Outline free homeschooling worksheet used to list the 5W's and H of a narrative (Who, When, Where, Why, What and How), the Resolution and Conclusion and use these story elements to create the child's own narrative.
    Who-Characters
    When, Where - Setting
    What, Why, How - Plot

  • Narrative Outline in landscape format. (pdf)

  • Story Map printable to express a story in chronological order.

  • Design Your Writing Curriculum - It's not that hard!

    Looking at a big list of Writing Forms can be overwhelming and it is easy to be daunted by something which "someone" says we should cover.

    So, how do we go about making the decision of what we want to include in our homeschool writing curriculum and when?

    Want to design your own curriculum?  Keep reading here.

    You will learn how to:

    • Write across the Curriculum
    • Remember the Big Picture
    • Set your own Scope and Sequence
    • View writing as sequential
    • Keep your Goals in mind;

    Creative Writing Prompts

    Here are some Narration Starters which you can use as creative writing prompts. Remember these can be used for both oral and written narrations. You don't need to cover every question for every story! You don't need to write down answers to all these! In fact, I mostly use the top 2 questions for my narrations, keeping it very simple and yet, employing the art of sequence and description. These are just ideas of what you may ask depending on the age of the child and the story you have just read - helping them to retell different aspects of the story by focusing on character/ setting/ conflict/ resolution and point of view.

    Read more about writing prompts...

    Writing Curriculum and User Reviews

    Teaching Writing Structure and Style 

    Writing Strands - user review by Joanne

    Write On: The Kid Friendly,  Mother Pleasing, Gentle Way to Write by Karen Newell (aff)


    Online Writing Help

    Paradigm Online Writing Assistant A complete curriculum to walk the writer through the details of all phases of writing essays, including organization, revision, editing, documentation of sources, and specific instruction in how to write informal, thesis/support, argumentative, and exploratory essays. You'll find many useful free homeschooling resources here.

    List of tens by Traci is a huge site offering writing ideas from grammar exercises, writing style exercises, writing prompts and far more - organized into lists of 10 ideas.

    The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.

    This classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer.


    Online Spelling and Vocabulary Help

    I'm really impressed with the layout and amount of games and interactive activities offered by Vocabulary / Spelling City;  It covers Elementary, Middle, and High School Vocabulary, Spelling, Writing, Parts of Speech, Handwriting, Alphabetical Order.

    Much of the content is free, but you can become a premium user for a minimal amount per family per year.

    Free SAT and Vocabulary games from Sheppard Software - an amazing selection across the ages.


    Learn Grammar Through Song

    This is the easiest way to memorize grammar definitions. We love these songs and they have catchy and memorable tunes and lyrics. Sing along and cover homeschool music and grammar together!  Read more about Learning through songs here.


    Hands On Grammar

    Winston Grammar is an incremental, multisensory approach to understanding grammar. With the use of colour coded cards, the homeschool grammar program teaches the functions of parts of speech incrementally - one step at a time. Read my Winston Grammar review here.


    A Couple of Useful Grammar Links

    • KISS Grammar A top quality Grammar Program. You will need to find your way around the site, but you can print off whole workbooks. I have enjoyed using their methodology and worksheets for years. This truly is an amazing free homeschooling resource.
    • Online Grammar and Writing Handbook - filled with Grammar and Writing Lessons.
    • Daily Grammar Lessons sent to your email box Monday to Friday for free. Saturday is a quiz. Or you can access the lessons through their archives.

    The Easiest Way to Remember Greek and Latin Roots

    The great part about the vocabulary game Rummy Roots, is that you can learn 42 different Greek and Latin roots without a workbook or pen.  More about Rummy Root here.

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