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    Default In search of language arts curriculum or online school for would be 9th grader

    Hello all, I am in need of your wisdom. I have an daughter that will be in 9th grade next year and I have started planning. She is my first to enter high school. My hope for her is that she will start dual enrollment in 10th grade. Thus far we have done the Build Your Library curriculum for years and enjoyed it. I have decided that I would like to make a change for next year and have started looking for 9th grade language arts courses. Yesterday I think I spent at least 6 hours searching through facebook groups for their language arts recommendations. Everytime I saw a curriculum or online suggestion I would go and check them out. So now I finally have specific questions. I liked the idea of the Dreaming Spires Home learning online classes because it is Charlotte Mason based like BYL. The thing I didn't find was if they ever do any essays or formal writing assignments other than the narration. Oak Meadow also looked interesting but is priced 1800 a course which is out of my price range. Can you buy their curriculum and just do for yourself at home? I also found Open Tent very interesting. Could I get suggestions/feedback from anyone that has used these products please? I would be so helpful. Feeling overwhelmed.

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    I can't address your questions about specific high school language arts curriculum, as we didn't use anything specific overall. However, I can give a couple of resources that may help if you put things together yourself.

    First, though, are you only designing curriculum for her 9th grade year, or all four years? I wasn't sure if her dual credit would include English/language arts.

    For my two, we first determined themes for each year/semester. For example, they did one year each of American Lit, British Lit, and World Lit. Then they picked something more specific, like a semester of poetry/short stores, or women writers, or science fiction.

    Then we looked up lists of books that would qualify in each topic. My kids then selected the ones they'd like to read. A search of "high school American literature," for example, will turn up all kinds of potential lists. Having them pick what they read from an established list gave me confidence they were reading "good lit" and gave them the choice to hopefully pick what they would like.

    If you need curriculum guides for readings, usually a search like "Huckleberry Finn study guides/worksheet" turns up all kinds of good stuff. You can also check Penguin's and Glencoe's lit guides.

    These guides usually have writing prompts to use as well.

    Other types of writing high schoolers practice are the obvious research papers, process essays (how to do something), etc. Guidelines for these can also be found online.

    Now, if you're like me, the grading is the sticky part. I basically would grade their writing twice--once for grammar/spelling mistakes, then again for flow, idea support, etc. Then they would revise. Just don't have your daughter writing too many things at once. Let her concentrate on one written project at a time. Maybe even give her a break between large projects.

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I don't have anything to add but just wanted to say thanks Inmom for your post. I will be copying and saving this somewhere for future reference.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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