The art of writing is actually intelligently simple if you go back to basics by using the writing process & the trait of organization. I refer to these things as the seeds from which good writing can grow. Then of course, your seeds need water & fertilizer which are the other 5 traits of writing - ideas, voice, sentence fluency, word choice & conventions.
Now what kind of crop do you wish to harvest? Does your high schooler need to write college entrance essays? Then you need to prune your seedlings accordingly. It's not enough to have good writing skills and be able to express oneself - students need to know how to express themselves in a way that represents their intelligence and ability to communicate to various audiences.
So here I present the way to do this - in a clear and straight-forward manner that is both intelligent & simple. And now, I am poised to use my own creations with my son this summer. Stay tuned as I blog about our progress.