Imitation is how most of us learn anything—from learning a new language to mastering a skill. Why do we neglect his powerful tool when it comes to learning to write?
Imitation in Writing is a curriculum that teaches students to write by giving students simple stories to retell in their own words. Students are given step-by-step instructions on how to outline, retell, and edit their retellings of classic fables, myths, and legends.
Designed by veteran Logos School teacher and superintendent Matt Whitling, this curriculum is perfect for both classrooms and for homeschoolers. Whether your student is eager to write or struggles with it, Imitation in Writing allows students to get plenty of practice writing.
This new edition has been specially adapted with several new features:
- Weekly schedules for both classrooms and homeschoolers
- Detailed instructions for every step in the writing process
- Carefully edited classic stories for your students to imitate
- Sidebars with historical notes or the moral of the story
- Optional activities that allow students to be retell their stories with a creative twist
Stories include well-known fables like The Tortoise and the Hare and other less well-known ones like The Gnat and the Lion which will teach your students more classical legends as well as hold their interest.
AUTHOR: Matt Whitling
PAGE COUNT: 174 pages
ISBN 10: 1930443110
ISBN 13: 9781930443112
RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2022
We will be starting this book next week. After reading through the introduction and looking through the book, I am excited about teaching this method of writing. I have always enjoyed teaching writing during my 10 years in an actual classroom. I must admit it has been a bit of a struggle with my soon to be 6th grade son. I believe this book will be a great resource to helping him embrace the writing process.
So far, we are really enjoying it! Great approach to writing!
We used the first level of Imitation in Writing (Aesop’s Fables) with our then-second grader, and I very much loved the simplicity and introduction to writing skills. Our homeschool curriculum will have us doing more complex writing curriculum (also through imitation) later, but I found this program to be a much simpler introduction, without sacrificing the important skills of vocabulary, condensing into an outline, and writing from an outline. Our son progressed from hesitant, stunted stories to very creative attempts through the course of the book. The vocabulary is more challenging than most would consider for 2-3 grade, which I think is a plus. We are excited to try the longer stories in this Fairy Tales level this year.
If I had one complaint, it would be that the instructions and grading rubric are all very geared towards a classroom setting. We were easily able to adapt this for our homeschool with some planning, it would be nice to have a similar usage guide for homeschoolers, as well as tips for assessing individual students.
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