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Do your kids struggle with creative writing? It is a subject that can be really fun, but many traditional writing curricula suck the joy out of being creative. There is a new creative writing curriculum on the scene though – and it looks like a lot of fun – A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story!
What is A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story?
A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story, written by Chris Hansen (aka pirate Yogger LeFossa) and J.R. Fehr, is a new creative writing curriculum. Chris Hansen has professional film making and story telling experience AND has helped homeschool his own family. He was able to combine his professional and personal lives to bring us this cool curriculum.
Don’t be thrown off by the word grammar in the title. The program really focuses on the elements of good creative writing, not the mechanics of language, although that is sprinkled in the lessons too. Sometimes kids get so bogged down in the mechanics of writing that they don’t want to write because they don’t want to be ‘wrong’. This curriculum removes the fear of being ‘wrong’. You can’t be ‘wrong’ when you are writing creatively!
The A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story workbook mixes a compelling pirate story with engaging writing exercises. The pirate story does double duty by creating interest to help coax students through the workbook and demonstrating all of the story elements. Hannah and Ben found the exercises to be a lot of fun. Ben usually prefers to write nonfiction, but even he was cracking himself up during the mindstorming exercise. There is just something about thinking up gross ice cream flavors that speaks to my little boy.
Who will benefit from this curriculum?
A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story is a flexible curriculum, so it can be used in a few different ways. This might be the creative writing curriculum for you if:
- You have students 8 and up and are able to help guide them through the curriculum.
- You have students 11 and up who are able to work independently.
- Your students get bored with traditional writing curricula. They definitely won’t get bored with A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story!
- You don’t want to do prep work before lessons. This workbook doesn’t require any parental prep work – just support and guidance.
- You can dedicate 20 minutes 2-3 times a week to creative writing practice.
- You need creative writing credits on your homeschool high school transcript. The curriculum is flexible so your student can work every day and fit it into a semester course or take their time and stretch it to fill an entire year.
A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story is a welcome addition to the homeschool curriculum bookshelf.
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