Tuesday, February 3, 2009
One Year Adventure Novel
Homeschooling a high schooler can be a little scary, especially when trying to find a good writing curriculum...and The One Year Adventure Novel is a good writing curriculum.
This is a high school writing course that was created and is taught by an award wining novelist, Daniel Schwabauer.
The One Year Adventure Novel can be used as a supplement to any English curriculum or can be a stand alone program. For those counting credits this can be counted towards a full year English course.
The complete curriculum contains: The Compass, a textbook with detailed explanations of the concepts explored; The Map, with over 400 questions and acts as a guide to your student's original story and gives direction toward making that story more effective; Teacher's guide, which shows the teacher how to grade your student's work and improve their writing skills; a set of dvds containing all 78 lessons; and a resource disk with resources to quizzes, video FAQs, and 14 classic adventure novels.
The OYNA is an independent curriculum, with minimal teacher involvement. The way OYNA works is this: the student watches a lesson (each video lesson is approximately 10-15 minutes long), then goes to the workbook to do exercises on that lesson, read excerpts from an adventure novel and answers questions. The teacher then goes and reads the students work, grades and then offers suggestions to improve the students writing.
I loved this curriculum! My 10th grader enjoyed it too. It encouraged her to write, which is no easy task. There is little to no prep for me, the teacher, or for the student. It's well-laid out and easy to follow for both student and teacher.
You can check out samples here: http://www.oneyearnovel.com/samplelessons.html