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Thanks for the reply! Yes, I homeschool. I know what you mean about the preference for creative writing, but the writing I teach is mostly expository. My thinking is that students need to be able to write clearly, first and foremost, so that's my emphasis. The year's program focuses on word choice, complex sentences, organizing one's thoughts, essays, and a research paper, but we do spend a few weeks on fiction writing (setting, plot, character) and some on poetry. I've only recently become acquainted with the 6 + 1 traits, and I really like what I see so far. I think the hardest thing about teaching writing is the evaluating. Since writing brings so many skills together, it's hard to sort out which are the important ones to look at in any given paper. I like the book Writing for 100 Days by Gabriel Arquilevich, and I use it for most of the year. It's not great on the essay, however, so I pull materials from other sources for that. Recently, I've started using The Elegant Essay from Institute for Excellence in Writing. I, too, would love to see more literature/writing lessons for the high school student. Are there sources that you have enjoyed using?