Whether you want the structure and stability of a box curriculum (meaning you choose the grade level and by the complete grade curriculum for that subject) or a more informal curriculum where you use writing prompts and living books to teach parts of grammar. Perhaps a hybrid is what your family needs where you can get a strong text to work off of as a spine to your year but you add in unit studies and enrichment.
We have asked some Teach Them Diligently families what their favorite Middle School Grammar curriculums are. Those are listed below with a link to our complete Homeschool Family Favorite Guide.
The Top 3…
Institute for Excellence in Writing – From their website: At the Institute for Excellence in Writing, we train teachers to model an oral and written pathway of communication which develops the language skills of all students through imitation to innovation. Because every teacher can use the method in his or her classroom, every parent can be confident that every student can learn to listen, speak, read, write, and think effectively and eloquently.
Memoria Press Classical Composition – From their website: Memoria Press’ composition program, Classical Composition, is based on the original classical method of teaching writing called the “progymnasmata.” It was the program that produced John Milton and William Shakespeare. This method involved learning fourteen skills, organized from the simplest and most basic to the most complex and sophisticated. In addition, our English Grammar Recitation program will solidify the grammar your child has learned in Latin through memorizing and reciting the essential grammatical and usage rules in English.
Essentials in Writing – From their website: This homeschool writing curriculum features a slow, systematic approach for seventh grade students, aged 12 to 13, to learn to write well. The step-by-step approach allows students to focus on small, daily assignments, so they don’t feel overwhelmed and retain the information.
Top Middle School Writing Curriculums 4-5
4. Writing Strands – From their website: This convenient all-in-one worktext features 180 days of instruction and a variety of student activities and exercises. Each week alternates between writing lessons and reading lessons; for their reading, students will read biblical passages as well as books chosen and assigned by the parent. A weekly lesson schedule is also included.
5. Brave Writer – From their website: Through our user-friendly materials and award-winning online classes, you’ll grow into a competent writing coach, calm your anxious writers, and nourish your aspiring authors.