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Writing Curriculum

The writing curriculum used by your child’s school district determines how they will learn to complete a variety of writing tasks, from essay writing and journal writing to expository writing, persuasive writing, creative writing and poetry. There is a wide variety of writing curriculum programs out there, and the choice your school district makes depends on a number of factors, such as teacher preference, past student performance, and school district funding.

In the early grades, your child’s writing curriculum will focus on helping them learn to use words correctly in sentences. Though techniques do vary from district to district, this is often accomplished by having students use their spelling words to write sentences or short stories. Many schools encourage journal keeping from a young age to help children become comfortable expressing their ideas through the written word and to help them practice using words and grammatical rules they are learning in their lessons.

As your child moves through the grades in school, their writing curriculum will move the focus from simply building sentences around words to using words effectively and applying their vocabulary words in cross curricular settings. They will begin to practice specific styles of writing, like persuasive and expository writing. Students will begin to take more tests with essay questions across their subjects and write papers for their classes. Many schools introduce creative writing at this point as well. Students often refine their writing skills by critiquing their classmates work or by critiquing the styles of published writers. Journal writing continues to be important.

You should familiarize yourself with the writing curriculum used by your child’s school. If your child is struggling to with their writing, an outside tutor may be able to teach them using methods other than those used in your child’s school. Additionally, if your child is interested in pursuing a career in writing, or if they naturally excel at it, you might find their school’s curriculum to be insufficient. In that case, an outside source can also help your child find another outlet for their writing and hone their skills.

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