Question for ya,

For all you avid readers on here. My middle daughter will be doing 7th grade work, but ninth grade math as she’s a smarty pants with math. I am not buying a language book for her this year. I am having her write daily, picking fron the 4 forms of writing and a phrase/word prompt along with it. She will also read appropriate books at her leisure but I wanna put in sone classics as well.

Any book suggestions in the 7th-8th grade range?

Also any writing prompt ideas, because I’m going to run out of them quick!

Thanks y’all. Thanks for prayers. My husband is feeling well. I will update you after his next appointment. Pray no cancer was texted please.

For all you that want to know more about the 4 styles of writing, I copied and pasted this, with the author of this article at the bottom

Persuasive:  For this writing style, the writer is trying to convince the reader of the validity of a certain position or argument. Persuasive writing includes the writers’ opinions, and provides justifications and evidence to support their claims.

Examples: Letters of recommendation; cover letters; Op-Eds and Editorial newspaper articles; argumentative essays for academic papers

Narrative:  Often seen in longer writing samples, the purpose of this writing style is to share information in the context of a story. Narratives should include characters, conflicts, and settings.

Examples: Short stories; novels; poetry; historical accounts 

Expository: This type of writing is used to explain a concept and share information to a broader audience. Expository writing provides evidence, statistics, or results and focuses on the facts of a certain topic. This type is not meant to express opinions.

Examples: How-to articles; textbooks; news stories (not editorials or Op-Eds); business, technical, or scientific writing

Descriptive: This type of writing is used to depict imagery to create a clear picture in the mind of the reader. This method helps the readers become more connected to the writing by appealing to their senses. Descriptive writing employs literary techniques such as similes, metaphors, allegory, etc to engage the audience.

Examples: Poetry; fictional novels or plays; memoirs or first-hand accounts of events

*This post was adapted from “Types of Writing Styles” by Robin Jeffrey.

Blog post prepared by Danielle Perry, GWC tutor. Published January 27, 2020.


10 Replies to “Question for ya,”

  1. The only book I can remember reading around that age is where the red Fern grows and Romeo and Juliet. I really liked where the red Fern grows.

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  2. I’m saving this post and will get back with you soon, Amy. My son was the same way for his ELA and Math, advanced in both. I will look at his previous work and give you some ideas. I have a senior this year! And my son, though not technically, because he is 15, but grade level wise is not far behind.

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          1. Narrative 4-5 paragraph historical fiction essay
            Book review
            Compare and contrast essay btwn 2 poems (or any othe text)
            Literary analysis essay
            Essay on a podcast or couple of podcast episodes
            Narrative outline (description of characters, events, etc.) Then write essay
            Essay on globalization
            Biodiversity and climate essay (persuasive, expository)
            Some examples for a persuasive essay: Why or why not children should play sports; why people shouldn’t smoke, etc..

            Please let me know if you have questions and/or need more topic ideas for essays

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  3. Oh, so many books to read!
    Anne of Green Gables
    The Secret Garden
    Spiderweb for Two
    Nancy Drew
    My Side of the Mountain
    Sees Behind Trees
    Stone Fox
    Eight Cousins
    Five Little Peppers
    The Whipping Boy
    Johnny Tremain
    Old Yeller
    Cherry Ames (series)
    The Bobbsey Twins (series)

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  4. Amy, my trilogy of Christian fiction was originally written for teens and young adults, and my middle school students enjoyed them. They are shown and reviewed on my Amazon page (Ann Aschauer) if you want to read the reviews. If you think your daughter would like them, let me know (, and I can send you one or two, or all three, signed with a note to her, if she likes that sort of thing. The trilogy is called “Awakening,” and the books are “Counselor,” “Vision,” and “Sparrows.”

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