My family is so incredibly excited about the brand new middle school writing curriculum called Cover Story coming out this summer. The curriculum was created by our favorite writing teacher, Mr. S, who is the brains behind the incredible One Year Adventure Novel curriculum which I constantly rave about. Joely will be using this curriculum next year for 6th grade.
Like OYAN, Cover Story is a DVD-based curriculum, so it doesn't require a lot of preparation on the part of the parent. If Cover Story is anything like OYAN (and I have no doubt it will be just a great if not better), you and your children will absolutely love it!
Cover Story is scheduled to be released this July 2013 , so you'll want to sign up at the Cover Story website to be notified when it's available for purchase. You'll also want to follow Cover Story on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the progress of the curriculum and see behind-the-scenes of the filming of the lessons.
And don't forget to tell your homeschooling friends about Cover Story! (You can use the links at the bottom of this post to share on Facebook, Twitter, or even email this post to your friends.)
Here's a bit more information about the curriculum:
Cover Story takes middle school students on a guided tour through the universe of Story. Through the process of creating the content for their own magazine in a single school year, students are led, step by step, on a fun, thought-provoking journey of exploration and creation. They write poems, short stories, non-fiction articles, letters, and many other short pieces. They also learn to journal every day by following the creative structure of The Remarkable Journal of Professor Gunther Von Steuben. Along the way, they study not just a story's form, but its execution.
The program covers poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, interviews, blogs, letters, and much more in video lessons taught by a professional writer.
The informative course is built around the idea that writing is an inherently fun activity when approached through the doorway of a student's creative passion. No matter how much your middle school student might already know about writing, Cover Story will challenge them to go deeper.
Light steampunk themes, writing prompts with a twist, and fascinating concepts all help to keep your student engaged.
Your student will never look at writing the same way again.