I hate to admit this piece of trivia because I overuse clichés. The local elementary schools boasted about their writing workshops, but these high school students could not write. By “exposed” I mean they haven’t read great writing. It sounds crazy, but the bulk of our “writing curriculum” has simply been reading aloud and allowing the boys to hear sentence patterns, syntax, and character voices.
The small chunks, as you call them, and the video lessons make writing so easy. Essentials in Writing focuses primarily on teaching and modeling portions of a composition over several days resulting in shorter lesson times over several days versus longer lecture periods and assignments.
I was a little worried because he only completed levels 9-11, but I can see he was well prepared. Essentials in Writing is considered a complete writing curriculum as it includes both grammar and composition instruction.
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