I was updating an old post and went to link to a homeschool writing lesson landing page only to discover I hadn’t written one! Shock! HORROR! Pearl-clutching! That being said, there are so many great writing lessons you can have as a homeschooler, whether it’s learning how to write, writing curriculum, or writing prompts related to topics. I’ve got it all, so let’s get started.
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Homeschool writing curriculum
Over the years I’ve used many different homeschool writing curricula, some I’ve written about because I was asked to review it as a sponsored post or sought the curriculum out to review for a post, others I wrote about because we were using the curriculum and I find it helpful to know how other homeschoolers use a curriculum.
- Writers in Residence– upper elementary writing curriculum
- Bardsy Writing Curriculum– writing curriculum for reluctant writers
- Wordsmith Craftsman– high school writing curriculum
- Writeshop writing curriculum– middle school or high school writing curriculum
- The Write Start– a book for early elementary aimed towards parents, so not a writing curriculum per see, but geared to encourage writing at home
I was all set to say I only needed three categories, and then I saw the very first post in this list, and I realized I needed the writing helps category.
- Portable writing center– my preschool and elementary kids loved this
- Writer’s Notebook
- Vacation Journal
Writing how-to lessons
A post in this category is what led to my realization I didn’t have this, OH NO! Anyway, there are a lot of writing how-to lessons that are not necessarily taught in the writing curriculum, because it is soft writing skills.
Soft writing skills are the ones you don’t really think about, that we all know how to do, but never really thought about learning how to do.
Or maybe, our teachers didn’t specifically teach us and just looked at us in confusion when we didn’t know how to do it.
Was that just me?
Many of these lessons are also included in the Homeschool How-To list.
- Character description lesson
- How to write the unexpected twist
- How to conduct an interview
- How to edit a paper
- How to write a research paper
- How to research at the library
- How to pre-write
- How to write reports
- How to write creative reports
Homeschool Writing Prompts
These are various writing lessons with specific prompts, some you can adapt fairly easily to other lessons, but some are very specific to the lesson they refer to.
- Write your plague journal– while I specifically wrote this in reference to the Covid lockdowns, this can be adapted to any big events
- Laura Numeroff (If You Give A…) writing lessons– designed to be easily adaptable to any of her books
- Christopher Columbus writing prompt elementary– this can be adapted to most explorers
- Fable lesson– this was adapted from African folktales, but can be adapted to other folktales
- Journey to Mars prompt– adaptable to any space travel
- When I grow up Writing prompt
- Danny and the Dinosaur writing lesson
- Compound words writing lesson
- Writing ads (Coke ads in pop culture)
- Pumpkin writing assignment