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Sharon WatsonWant homeschool writing tips? Encouragement? Help grading those essays? Practical advice for your homeschool writing class? Insights into literature? Free writing prompts and tutorials?

Whether your student is reluctant or brimming with excitement, you’ll find solid, proven ideas here that will make your teaching life easier. And take advantage of the many writing prompts and tutorials posted here.

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Intro to Writing, Part 3: Outlines

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Sharon's Blog, Writing/Teaching Tips | Comments Off on Intro to Writing, Part 3: Outlines

Intro to Writing, Part 3: Outlines

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Outlines.

Did I lose you already?

What if we could make organizing material a little easier for our writers? What if they practiced on something they are already familiar with, things like restaurant categories and the way grocery stores are organized?

Intro to Writing, Part 3 takes some of the pain out of outlines by using material your students are already very familiar with: restaurant categories and the way grocery stores are organized. (more…)

Intro to Writing, Parts 1 and 2

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Sharon's Blog | 0 comments

Intro to Writing, Parts 1 and 2

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Intro to Writing

Do your students get stuck when they have to write a paragraph or an essay?

Then don’t do it. Don’t have them write.

I have a secret I’d like to share with you.

Your students do not have to write a paragraph or a whole essay every time they put pencil to paper. One of the best ways to unplug the fear of writing is to do some of the prepare-for-writing tasks but never write the whole paragraph or essay.

It’s called practice, as when members of a basketball team practice dribbling or passing. The team does not play a game every time they get together. They practice pieces of the game.

So let’s practice brainstorming and organizing ideas together. (more…)

Download Your Free Sample of Teach Your Students How to Take Notes

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Sharon's Blog | Comments Off on Download Your Free Sample of Teach Your Students How to Take Notes

Download Your Free Sample of Teach Your Students How to Take Notes

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Are you worried that your students won’t be able to take notes in classes? Would you like to sharpen their listening skills?

Teach Your Students How to Take Notes, our most popular eBook, provides you with easy-to-use lessons for seven weeks, incrementally teaching your students how to take notes from auditory sources. Students will also learn to recognize important concepts and draw conclusions from oral and written sources.

Includes ALL the paragraphs, essays, and colorful note-taking pages you need.

Bonuses: (more…)

Photo-Inspired Prompts

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Sharon's Blog, Writing Prompts | Comments Off on Photo-Inspired Prompts

Photo-Inspired Prompts

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“A writer is simply a photographer of thoughts.” -Brandon A. Trean

Oftentimes our writing spills forth from an experience we’ve had or memory we’ve made. We keep a picture or image in our mind’s eye about that event, and it becomes the inspiration that prompts our writing. Have you experienced that?

Using someone else’s image or photo as a writing prompt can develop empathy and enable you to imagine the world from their perspective. That’s a valuable skill for a writer.

Grab these five fun photos here!

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