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I’ve been asked countless times: Is Brave Writer a complete writing curriculum?
The short answer: Yes!
A complete writing curriculum is made of three parts.
- Writing mechanics and literature.
- Original thought.
- Writing projects.
Let’s take a look at how the three pieces of Brave Writer fit together!
1. Writing Mechanics and Literature.
Writers can hire someone to physically transcribe for them, but the process goes much faster when writers are competent in
- punctuation, and
With these skills, they can skip right to giving their attention to all the ideas they want to express.
How can young writers become competent in writing mechanics? Through regular copywork and dictation using quality writing.
2. Original Thought.
When was the last time you finished a book and said, “Wow! The comma usage in that book was phenomenal!”
Um, never? That’s because punctuation supports communication. It’s not a replacement for it.
While writing mechanics are important for the ease and pleasure of reading, it’s the author’s original thoughts that stick with us!
- The new insight.
- The tantalizing argument.
- The immersive storytelling.
These are the aspects of writing that connect the writer with the reader.
Your children are already natural storytellers—they freely share about
- the games they play,
- the bug they saw scurry onto a leaf,
- the time they saw their friend fall and skin her knee. Ouch!
The key is to get those stories (original thoughts) onto the page—without the constraints of proper grammar, punctuation, or spelling.
Those thoughts need the freedom to spill out just as they appear—skinned knees, muddy shoes, and all.
The Writer’s Jungle provides parents with the tools they need to facilitate getting those words to the page and preserving the original thoughts (and voice) of the child.
3. Writing Projects.
Now it’s time to bring it all together!
Writing projects blend writing mechanics and original thought to create a finished piece of writing to publish and share.