A thoughtful guide to teaching writing in 7th grade and beyond.
A fairly modern feature of the Waldorf curriculum here in the US (and perhaps in other countries as well) is the “Wish, Wonder and Surprise” main lesson focused on creative writing. Complementing the seventh grader’s interest in the world and concurrent development of a sense of self, this main lesson is usually a highlight is a Waldorf student’s career.
However, at home it is probably impossible to teach this subject as a main lesson. Due to the nature of class dynamics (conversation, questions, shared exercises and sheer numbers of students and other logistical issues) this main lesson does not translate well as a one-on-one situation. But the importance of the lessons remains and all a parent need do is shift much of the context of the main lesson into English language subject lessons.
This book is a wonderful guide to an essential part of every student’s education: how to write easily, gracefully and coherently. Dorit Winter discusses the methodology of the main lesson and the reason for its importance. She gives many examples for writing assignments and help on evaluating student work. Real examples of student writing are included.
We suggest work with this book before going on to use Writing for 100 Days.
50 pages, paperback