Researching Writing Curriculum

One thing better than writing:  Research!

I think that’s why, literarily, I want to be James Michener when I grow up.  A girl version.

Imagine …

Travel to Poland.  Study their history, culture, food, art, music.  Arrive back on American soil, file folders galore (or flash drives, as the techno-case may be) bursting from a weathered suitcase.  The sorting!  The organizing!  And then … compiling the details into a story woven with human threads.

Yes, I’m dreaming.  But everyone needs a dream.  And if your children’s dreams include anything to do with anything, it’s important they know how to seek information, sift and synthesize.

That’s how I search curriculum.


Seek, sift and synthesize.

My current hunt:  a (one-year) high school writing curriculum.

My first stop: Facebook.

Ok, not true.  My first stop:  Twitter, via HootSuite.

Second stop: Facebook.

Since I hadn’t heard anything in the five minutes since I posted, my impatience got the better of me, so I started an internet search.  (I knew it couldn’t be THAT easy!)

First website landing:

Home School Curriculum Advisor   (sorry link is no longer valid)

Reviews of several of the most popular writing curricula offered me a helpful info-start.  Meatier than an appetizer, I felt satisfied with the curricu-meal and let the info digest.

Silly side:  Although I don’t look anything like the author, her photo reminded me of my own smoonchied look, reflected when I’ve browsed glossy curriculum catalogs – at least once to ten times.  It can get so complex when there is so much to choose from!

Why is that?

  • We want to provide a good education.
  • We want to do it wisely (uh, AKA frugally).
  • We want to do it easily.
  • We want to actually do it once we buy it.

That last one can be my downfall.

That’s what drew me to The Art Of Writing & Speaking The English Language Word-Study and Composition & Rhetoric.  I’m reading it on my Kindle and my brain is being tweaked.  I love those shifts in thinking!

The book begins with the basics of writing including spelling. (I scanned this section since my last is in high school, but it never hurts to tweak.)  When I got to the part that caught my attention in the introduction, I slowed down my turn-the-page button-clicking.

Organizing thought for the purpose of communication and emotional connection.  Hmmm, I like that.  I really like that.

The thesis, if I may be so bold as to extract one, is:

If Aristotle, with his handle on logic, and Benjamin Franklin, with his strategy for learning to write well, had lunch together for the purpose of creating writing lessons, it might look something like this.

I haven’t finished reading the book, but my interest is piqued like a mackerel sniffing shrimp.  How ‘bout you?  Curious enough to bite?

[Oh!  A ping on Facebook … ]


I like writing and I like researching writing.

What’s your preference: writing, researching or reading?


The Art Of Writing & Speaking The English Language Word-Study and Composition & Rhetoric can also be downloaded (free!) or read online at:

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Enjoy!  And write on!



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