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Writing Curriculum

Possessing strong writing skills is an integral part of any childs education. It is essential to be able to convey ones thoughts adequately on paper, whether telling a personal story or sharing objective data. In order for children to gain practice in these skills, their writing curriculum must include substantial practice using each of the five main writing modes: narrative, descriptive, expository, persuasive and creative.

When children are younger, much emphasis is placed on the narrative mode. This mode focuses primarily on first hand personal stories. For young children, this can be simply retelling about their birthday party, or about a family trip. As they mature, the narrative mode might serve the purpose of capturing a meaningful event or a life lesson learned. Once young children have had plenty of experience with the narrative mode, their writing curriculum must expand to include the other modes.

Descriptive writing allows the writer to share about a particular person, place or thing with vivid detail. The reader should be able to envision the topic easily in their mind. Students can start with something concrete, such as a piece of warm pie or a puppy, and progress to more abstract ideas such as a sunrise or leaving home.

Expository writing is different and fun for students. They get the chance to explain, in detail, how to do something, such as how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or tie a shoe.

Persuasive writing is another entertaining mode of the writing curriculum that is fun for students to delve into. The goal is to change someones mind about an issue, or have them see another point of view.

The creative mode allows students to entertain others through poems or fictional stories. It is a chance for the childs talents and voice to really shine through. Ideally, the writing curriculum in place at any school will allow every child countless opportunities to write using all of these modes.

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