So, I knew I wasn't going to do the WWE 4 book but what would I do now for writing for 5th grade? As I was re-reading the Logic Stage section of The Well Trained Mind, that is when I saw it:
"If you choose to use Rod & Staff, the composition exercises provided can fulfill the middle-grade student's need for a writing program."
I think I heard a choir singing the Hallelujah chorus (in my head of course) - little did I know that we already had our writing covered with our grammar book: Rod & Staff English! I quickly got it out and saw that it taught outlining, paragraph formation and all that good stuff - awesome! Then, I also realized that Katie gets dictation in spelling right now anyway and she will be writing narrations from books she reads and in history and science. Enough - I have to tell myself that IS enough, she doesn't need a fancy, shiny new writing curriculum - we got the bases covered throughout the curriculum we are using.
I do eventually want to use the Institute for Excellence in Writing's program but for 5th grade we got it covered!