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Hearthstone Curriculum - Writing

Right Words

Right Words

As it teaches you the methods of clear, vigorous writing, Right Words will change your understanding of yourself. You’ll discover that your writing can stir readers deeply only when it draws from the depths of your own heart, mind and experience.

Yet the writing techniques you learned in public school obstruct this type of openness, producing the habits of vague, pompous writing that lulls readers to sleep. Right Words shows you how to escape the ruts of dead prose and how to keep your children from falling into them. As it does so, it will help you to uncover and remove the negative character traits that hide in these ruts. While it eliminates dull writing techniques, Right Words introduces you to effective writing methods that will enable you not only to succinctly and forcefully express the concerns, ideas, feelings and experiences of your life, but will also show you what about your life is worth expressing and why.

The straightforward organization and format make Right Words ideal for both self-instruction and for teaching children. Tested for years before being released for public use, this writing curriculum has produced outstanding results as evidenced in Homestead Children: A Sampler of Children’s Writings.

162 pp. 8 1/2 x 11 inches


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Guidelines for Teaching "Right Words"

Guidelines for Teaching Right Words

These Guidelines show parents and others who teach with Right Words: The Grace of Writing how to make the most effective use of this curriculum. The Guidelines contain clear instructions and essential information gleaned from years of experience in using this writing curriculum to successfully teach hundreds of home-schooled children.

As Right Words explains, each child and adult has a unique perspective that gives him something to say that others need to hear. When you learn to write, you begin a personal exploration to discover and learn to express these gifts. In working with Right Words, we have found that small, informal writing workshops—consisting of close friends or, for home schoolers, family members—provide the best context for encouraging new writers to search out and share their lives. In this setting, the beginner can feel free to take his first, often awkward, steps into the written word. As each workshop member offers his writings and hears the comments of friends and family members, not only do writing skills develop but relationships also deepen.

Guidelines for Teaching “Right Words” shows you how to set up and conduct such writing workshops with your children or your friends. Even if you only use Right Words by yourself, you'll find the dozens of writing exercises these Guidelines include, and the many writing examples, invaluable for advancing writing skills.

200 pp. 8 1/2 x 11


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The Writer's Revision Handbook

The Writer's Revision Handbook

Once the writer completes his first draft, the revision process begins. Revision literally means “seeing again.” The writer looks again and again at his words and rearranges, removes and replaces them until each fits perfectly, all working together to express exactly what he intends.

This Handbook contains essential tools for use in revising. It presents concise points gleaned from dozens of writing manuals and other sources, and from practical experience derived from writing steadily for almost two decades. While you can use this Revision Handbook independently of other instructional material, we suggest using it with Right Words: The Grace of Writing. However you use it, you’ll find that this easy-to-understand booklet will improve any writer’s craft.

52 pp.


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Homestead Children: A Sampler of Children's Writings

Homestead Children: A Sampler of Children’s Writings

This book of children’s writings has no heavy academic term paper or lifeless “How I Spent My Summer” selections; it has no examples from typically stultified academic exercises emphasizing the rules of proper form while sacrificing the life of any content (though we recognize both form and content as essential); it has no grade-geared prose jargon peculiar to public education (and about as lively and warm as embalmed biology lab rats). The children represented here have been taught that they each have as unique a voice in writing as they do in speaking. Their writings also show that they know they have been given a life worth writing about. The adults who participate in the whole of the children’s lives, and who therefore see daily what the children love, are also their “academic” instructors and have assured them not only that who and what the children are seeks continually to express itself (only sometimes through writing) but that these same “instructors” (usually the parents) are listening and want to hear what they have to say. Consequently, the narratives that are in this book are as real, lively and fun as the lives of those who penned them.

240 pp. with over 200 photos 8 1/2 x 11 inches


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