A Homeschool Writing Curriculum that works!

If you are teaching an elementary student to write, and you’re also teaching history and handwriting, then you can definitely save time with this homeschool writing curriculum.

The Writing Through History series is a homeschool writing curriculum for elementary students. It is based on the classical, Charlotte Mason Method of instruction. With this homeschool writing curriculum, children learn to write by studying models written by talented authors from history. They read historical selections and narrate these back via oral narration, written narration, or written summations. Following each historical selection, a writing model (written in a true handwriting font) is studied for copywork. Additional models located in the appendix are used for studied dictation.

As children study the writing of talented authors, they absorb the style of those they imitate. They also learn to create complex sentences and use appropriate word choice. This method of teaching writing is based on the Charlotte Mason method, and it gently but completely prepares students for middle school writing.

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This homeschool writing curriculum teaches grammar, spelling, penmanship, and history—all at once.

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A Homeschool Writing Curriculum That Covers the Four Year History Cycle

In creating this homeschool writing curriculum for my children, I wanted to create a curriculum that would save me time. I wanted a homeschool writing curriculum that would teach more than just writing, and save my children time also. To do that, I decided to organize this curriculum around the four year history cycle. I also decided to add a true handwriting font. When my children used this homeschool writing curriculum, they studied writing, history, and handwriting. All at once!

 

If you’re a busy homeschool mom that is teaching elementary writing, then keep reading. This homeschool writing curriculum does more than focus on writing alone. It teaches writing from living books. It supplements history with historical narratives, and primary source documents. It teaches handwriting with a true handwriting font. This homeschool writing curriculum is for you!

About the Program

 

All Level 1 books in this homeschool writing curriculum contain historically relevant reading selections. They are divided into four chapters: short stories, time period tales, poetry, and cultural tales. There are two writing models following each reading selection. One or both can be used for copywork. If the student is ready, the second model can be used for dictation.

In the Level 1 books, the two different writing models are presented differently for each reading selection. For the first model, children write in an area that has ruled lines below each word they copy. The second writing model is written at the top of the net page, and is followed by ruled lines in the lower half of the page. The second model requires students to write from memory.

All Level 2 books contain historically relevant reading selections. They are also divided into four chapters: short historical narratives, excerpt from primary source documents, poetry and cultural tales. In the Level 2 books, students in grades 3 to 5 are introduced in a gentle manner to interesting excerpts from primary source documents. These older students are encouraged to copy paragraph sized models written in either print or cursive. In the appendix are additional models which may be used for studied dictation.

 ANCIENT HISTORY

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Writing Through Ancient History Level 1

This volume covers ancient history, from creation myths to 400 AD and contains more than 55 reading selections.

 

Includes historical narratives about:

  • David and Goliath
  • Early Egypt, Greece, and Rome
  • Ruth and Naomi
  • Horatius at the Bridge
  • The Brave Three Hundred
  • Damon and Pythias
  • Sword of Damocles
  • Socrates
  • Julius Caesar

Fables by Aesop

  • The Bear and the BEes
  • The Farmer and His Sons
  • Mercury and the Woodman
  • The Miser
  • The Monkey and the Dolphin
  • The North Wind and the sun
  • The Tortoise and the Ducks
  • The Wolf and the Kid

poetry by :

  • Lord Byron
  • Horace
  • King Solomon
  • Psalm 23 and 121 by King David

and others

tales from various cultures

  • Child friendly Greek and Roman myths
  • Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbit

 

 

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Writing Through Ancient History Level 2

This volume includes reading selections from creation myths to 400 AD–the first year of a 4-year history cycle. There are more than 60 selections included.

 

Includes historical narratives about:

  • Early Greece
  • Biblical Narratives
  • Pericles
  • Socrates
  •  Pythagoras
  • Homer
  • Aesop
  • and more…

Excerpts from primary source documents such as:

  • a flood narrative on Assyrian Tablets
  • the Hammurabi Code of Laws
  • Shih King or Book of Poetry
  • Literature of the Ancient Egyptians
  • Sayings of Confucius
  • ancient writings by Herodotus
  • The Apology by Xenophon
  • The Categories by Aristotle
  • The Nicene Creed

Poetry by:

  • Lord Byron
  • Aristophanes
  • King Solomon
  • tales from various cultures
  • and more…

View the Writing Through Ancient History books Levels 1 and 2

MEDIEVAL HISTORY

Homeschool Writing Curriculum:

Writing Through Medieval History Level 1

 Writing Through Medieval History Level 1 covers medieval history from 600 AD to 1600 AD. It is divided into four chapters: short stories, English tales, poetry, and cultural tales.

 

With the Level 1 Writing Through Medieval History book, students read historical Narratives about:

  • Haroun-al-Raschid
  • Caedmon the Poet
  • William the Conqueror
  • Alfred the Gread
  • King Robert
  • William Tell
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
  • King Henry
  • Genghis Khan
  • King Richard
  • Sir Philip Sidney

English Tales

  • Lazy Jack
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Old Woman and Her Pig
  • Wise Men of Gotham
  • The Shoemaker and the Elves
  • Tom Thumb
  • poetry by William Shakespeare and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • and more…

Fun cultural tales

  • Japanese
  • Indian
  • Norwegian
  • Arabian
  • German

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Writing Through Medieval History Level 2

Writing Through Medieval History Level 2 is divided into four chapters: short historical narratives, text excerpts from primary source documents, poetry and cultural tales. There are more than 60 selections included in Writing Through Medieval History.

Includes historical narratives about:

  • Attila the Hun
  • Justinian the Great
  • Charles Martel and Pepin
  • Charlemagne
  • El Cid
  • Marco Polo
  • and more…

child friendly excerpts from:

  • Consolations of Philosophy
  • The Confessions of Saint Augustine
  • Institutes of Justinian
  • Pope Urban’s plea for a Crusade
  • The Decameron
  • Transcripts from the Trials of Joan of Arc
  • The Autobiography of St. Ignatius
  • poetry by William Shakespeare, Longfellow, Boethius, Aneurin
  • and more

and tales from various cultures such as:

  • The gods of the Teutons
  • The Nibelungs
  • Tales from Arabian Nights
  • Puss in Boots
  • English Fairy Tales
  • As You Like It
  • King Lear
  • and more…

 

 

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Writing Through Early Modern History Level 1

 The Writing Through Early Modern History book covers early modern history from about 1600 to 1850 AD. Includes historical narratives, tales from the Brothers Grimm, poetry from or about early modern history, and various cultural tales. There are more than 55 reading selections.

Includes historical narratives about:

  • Pocahontas
  • Women in the Indian Wars
  • William Penn
  • George Washington
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • Daniel Boone
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Hans Christian Andersen

poetry selections by

  • Isaac Watts
  • Edward Lear
  • Alfred Tennyson
  • William Blake
  • Jonathan Swift
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • and more…

Fun Tales including:

  • Briar Rose
  • The Four Friends
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • The King of the Birds
  • Mother Frost
  • Rumplestiltskin
  • African Tales
  • German, Indian, and Italian Tales

 

Homeschool Writing Curriculum:

Writing Through Early Modern History Level 2

Writing Through Early Modern History, Level 2 is divided into four chapters: short stories, text excerpts from primary source documents, poetry, and cultural tales. There are more than 60 reading selections included in Writing Through Early Modern History.

With the level 2 Writing Through Early Modern History book, students read narratives about:

  • Captain John Smith
  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • King Philip
  • King Charles II
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Young George Washington
  • Paul Revere
  • Benedict Arnold
  • The California Gold Rush
  • and more…

child friendly excerpts from primary source documents such as:

  • The Mayflower Compact
  • 13 Virtues by Benjamin Franklin
  • essays by Patrick Henry
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Presidential speeches
  • Slave Narratives by Henry Bibb
  • and more…

poetry such as:

  • America
  • A Book of Nonsense
  • Hiawatha’s Childhood
  • Love Between Brothers and Sisters
  • Paul Revere’s Ride
  • and more…

and fun cultural tales by:

  • Peter Christen Asbjornsen
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • and more…

 

View the Writing Through Early Modern History books Levels 1 and 2

MODERN HISTORY

Homeschool Writing Curriculum:

Writing Through Modern History Level 1

 

Writing Through Modern History Level 1 covers modern history from the early 1800′s to 1985–the fourth year of a 4-year history cycle.  It is divided into four chapters: short stories, short stories by Hans Christian Andersen, historically relevant poetry, and cultural tales.There are 60 selections included in Writing Through Modern History Level 1 books.

With the Level 1 Writing Through Modern History book, students read historical narratives, written at a 1st to 3rd grade reading level, about:

  • slavery
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Robert E. Lee
  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Thomas Edison
  • the Red Cross
  • Yellow Fever
  • the Wright brothers
  • Sergeant york
  • the Navajo Code Talkers
  • the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Watergate,
  • and more…

 

  • selections by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Lewis Caroll, Kipling, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman
  • and more…

and fun Tales by:

  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Andrew Lang
  • Selections from Childhood’s Favorites and Fairy Stories
  • and much, much more…

Homeschool Writing Curriculum:

Writing Through Modern History Level 2

Writing Through Modern History Level 2 covers modern history from the early 1800′s to 1985–the fourth year of a 4-year history cycle.  It is divided into four chapters: short stories, text excerpts from primary source documents, poetry, and cultural tales.There are more than 60 selections included in Writing Through Modern History.

With the Level 2 Writing Through Modern History book, students read historical narratives (4th-6th grade reading level) about:

  • slavery
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Robert E. Lee
  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Thomas Edison
  • the Red Cross
  • Yellow Fever
  • the Wright brothers
  • Sergeant york
  • the Navajo Code Talkers
  • the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Watergate,
  • and more…

child friendly text excerpts from:

  • The Gettysburg Address
  • a Sermon by Sojourner Truth
  • The Trial of Susan B. Anthony
  • The Atlanta Compromise
  • Foot binding in China
  • Famous presidential speeches
  • selections by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Lewis Caroll, Kipling, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman
  • and more…

and fun cultural Tales by:

  • L. Frank Baum
  • Andrew Lang
  • Selections from Childhood’s Favorites and Fairy Stories
  • and more…

View Writing Through Modern History Books Levels 1 and 2