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A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story: A Creative Writing Curriculum Review
Looking to add some creative writing to your classroom? This book has been such a great addition to our daily routine. It helps them to learn the process of great story telling in a fun way they actually want to do. I can not wait to see what they come up with!
More about A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story: A Creative Writing Curriculum:
Ages: Middle school alone, younger children with help. – Although my 10 and 11 year old have been able to use the book with no problems… or even complaints…yet anyway 🙂 They are kids, there will always be complaints.
Curriculum is designed to teach creative story writing.
For a child who loves to write this was like a gift. CB has always been writing stories and telling stories since she could talk. She would spend her free time creating “books” even before she could write. This was something I really wanted her to try. She was so excited to see it. The cover really intrigued them with the pirate map image. I had to outlaw the word “arg” for a whole day due to excessive use.
From beginning to end the book is fun, engaging, and keeps those brains turning. It helps them build vocabulary and build sentence structure as well as form a complete plot and story basis. I love the parts on character development, my favorite part of writing was always creating the characters. There are also lessons in mind-storming (I tend to have the bad habit of skipping this step…impatience is my middle name), setting, specifics, villains/heroes, and so much more. They also give the kids plenty of chances to be creative and set sail with their own story.
The book is told as a story itself and in the story you are given activities to complete. It is a very unique approach but I do like it. It made her think. That was her response the first day when I asked her how she liked the book. She said it really made her brain work. I was impressed because usually if something makes her use her brain it gets hidden under the bed with exorbitant ransom notes left in it’s place. This book however has not been hidden. In fact, it is the first one she grabs when school starts.
Bub is my boy, my ten year old game addicted boy. He wasn’t as thrilled with the concept of more work added to his schedule. He was pretty resistant at the idea of a creative writing class. However, after the first use he did the work will little more complaint. In fact, the next day he actually listened as his sister read the story and wrote his own pirate tale. He probably will never be the child running through grabbing a book to get started with his school. I am happy when he does anything remotely educational without going limp in the floor and claiming some malady has overtaken his body. Anything that gets his pencil moving is worth investing in. I think this book would be great even for kids not so thrilled about the concept of writing.
A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story: A Creative Writing Curriculum is a fun way to get them creating their own stories. I’ve been privilege to some whoppers here lately. It’s given them all the creative bug. CB has started a children’s book. Bub has wrote me a few Minecraft themed stories about creepers exploding and Steve going missing. Lou has even been creating her own stories. It has been a great addition to our home school classroom.