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At Home Middle School (6th to 8th)
This website compiles free materials from various online sources into a complete language arts course that teaches literature, grammar, vocabulary, and writing. You will need to purchase or borrow a few novels required to complete the courses. Some topics in the writing portion of the courses include persuasive essay, personal narrative, book review, biography, and creative writing.
The Crafty Writer’s Creative Writing Course (9th to 12th)
These online text-based creative writing lessons cover short stories, dialogue, character development, poetry, and more.
Creative Writing (5th to 7th)
This nine-week creative writing course includes lesson plans and downloadable student materials. The course covers word choice, sensory details, characters, revision, and much more.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool (K to 8th) C
All of Easy Peasy’s language arts courses include instruction in composition. The material is taught using online lessons and writing assignments.
Easy Peasy All-in-One High School (9th to 12th) C
Courses available are Literature & Composition, American Literature, British Literature, and Advanced Literature & Composition. The material is taught using a variety of online sources.
edX (10th to 12th)
EdX, a nonprofit created by Harvard and MIT, offers several courses covering various aspects of professional, academic, and creative writing. The length and format vary from course to course, and availability changes periodically. The courses are free to audit, or certificates of completion are also available for a fee.
The Elements of Style (8th to 12th)
The Elements of Style was written in 1918 by William Strunk Jr. It provides a guide to the principals of composition and basic usage rules.
End Blank Page Terror! (4th to 12th)
This downloadable workbook contains 24 graphic organizers, to aid your child’s writing, along with a thorough explanation of when and how to use each one.
Intermediate Language Lessons (4th to 6th)
This textbook, which was originally published in 1914, teaches composition and grammar using the Charlotte Mason method. The book contains black/white period illustrations, memorization, classic literature excerpts, narration, dictation, copy work, composition, and grammar exercises.
Journal Buddies (1st to 12th)
Journal Buddies provides hundreds of journal prompts, story starters, essay topics, and other writing ideas, which are organized by grade level.
Literature & Creative Writing (4th to 12th) C
Ms. McCullough’s semester-long course combines classic literature and writing. Assignments, projects, and vocabulary are provided on the website, along with teaching podcasts for the parent. There are six lessons that are designed to cover one semester or about 12 weeks.
Modern States (10th to 12th)
Modern States courses prepare students to take College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Students can earn college credit through CLEP exams while still in high school, making college more accessible and affordable. They currently offer a college composition course.
NaNoWriMo (2nd to 12th)
The downloadable Young Novelist Workbooks guide students through the process of writing a novel. The workbooks are available in three levels: elementary, middle, and high school.
Paper is Power (6th to 8th)
Paper is Power teaches writing skills while focusing on the value of writing and editing on paper. The course covers fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The curriculum kit includes a downloadable student workbook and teacher guide.
Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (9th to 12th)
These downloadable English courses are designed to help students with special needs succeed. The courses cover reading, literature, writing, and communication using downloadable student workbooks and teacher’s guides. Courses available are: English I, English II, English III, and English IV.
Primary Language Lessons (2nd to 3rd)
This textbook, which was originally published in 1911, teaches composition and grammar using the Charlotte Mason method. The book contains black/white period illustrations, memorization, classic literature excerpts, narration, dictation, copy work, composition, and grammar exercises.
Quill (4th to 12th)
Quill provides interactive lessons that teach writing, grammar, and proofreading skills. The lessons require that students type their responses, rather than presenting the material in a multiple choice format.
Rhetoric and Composition (9th to 12th)
This downloadable textbook teaches writing phases, drafting, editing, types of writing, common phrases, word types, and English sentence structure.
R.L. Stine’s Writing Program (3rd to 8th)
This seven-lesson downloadable program covers journal writing, writing about memories, fiction wiring, characters, plots, revisions, writer’s block. The download includes teacher’s instructions and student handouts.
Saylor Academy (10th to 12th)
Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative offering courses at the college and professional levels. However, high school students may also take their classes. Saylor provides Pre-College English, English Composition I & II, and Technical Writing courses.
Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing (1st to 6th)
These downloadable textbooks teach writing and grammar.
7 Sisters Homeschool (8th to 12th)
The downloadable guide, Research Paper Help for the Reluctant Writers in Your Homeschool, is intended to help teenagers write their first remedial level research paper. The guide provides detailed instructions for every step of the writing process.
Free References and Tools for Writers (3rd to 12th)
On this page, you’ll find links to websites that help with all stages of the writing process. These include free grammar and style guides, online dictionaries and thesauruses, tools for checking grammar and spelling, help with citing sources, and more.
Free Writing Prompts (K to 12th)
This page lists websites that offer free writing prompts. There are prompts for journal writing, creative writing, essays, and more.
Night Zookeeper (1st to 7th)
Night Zookeeper’s online program uses engaging activities and games to teach writing, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. While not free, it’s reasonably priced, and if you purchase through our link, you’ll save 50% on an annual membership.
More Language Arts Curriculum
If you are looking for additional resources to complete your language arts program, visit this page. There are free curriculum options for grammar, reading, handwriting, spelling, vocabulary, and poetry.