There are so many wonderful writing curriculums available to the homeschool community, however finding the right one can be tricky. As an author, creative writing teacher, and homeschool mom, I wanted something that would instill confidence in my writers. I believe that no idea is a bad idea (as long as it lands in the moral boundaries of your family) . . . someone out there thought a sponge wearing pants was a good idea, and C.S. Lewis once said that from childhood his thoughts were consumed with a faun carrying an umbrella. I wanted more focus on creativity. I wanted my writers to feel a sense of accomplishment when they turned in their final draft. I wanted them to have clear expectations. So, I pulled from my years as a public school English teacher, concepts I had learned and put into practice as an author, pieces of curriculums I found effective, and a large dose of my own imagination to create The Engaged Writer.
This is the curriculum I use in my home and with the writing students in our homeschooling co-op. The two levels (Writing I and Writing II) are a constant work in progress as I tweak, add, and delete. I would love your feedback (show me grace), suggestions, and victories. PLEASE feel open to comment below and ask questions. Thank you for trusting me with your writer! – Lauren
NEW! Workbooks are coming this summer and will be made available for purchase!
(Note: ALL worksheets are FREE when you download! The Engaged Writer Workbook is great for a co-op setting where making multiple copies might be difficult.)