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Why Teach Writing?

Why Teach Writing?

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Why teach writing? After all, it’s tough. It’s confusing. And sometimes crying is involved.

If your writing class is flagging and your zeal is dragging, consider this post as a friendly smile I am sending your way.

 

So, what are some of the benefits of teaching our kids to write? Here goes . . .

1. Students become more organized in their thinking when they learn to write. Writing clearly involves organizational skills that will aid our students in other subjects.

2. Writing causes students to think through topics or defend a position. Through this process, students gain an understanding of

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3 Ideas to Help Your Writers, and Only 2 of Them Are Crazy

3 Ideas to Help Your Writers, and Only 2 of Them Are Crazy

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I understand at the outset of this article that the word “them” in my title is ambiguous. Does it stand for the writers or for the ideas?

As you can see, writing is hard. At least, that’s what students tell me.

It makes their hands hurt. They don’t know where to begin. They don’t know how to construct paragraphs. If they’re not interested in the topic, they can’t think of anything to write anyway.

The list goes on and on and is pretty much the same in all the classes I teach.

A number of moms confess to me that they’ve given up teaching writing. Some say that whenever they give their students writing assignments, crying is involved. (I assume it’s the students doing the crying, but I could possibly be wrong about that.)

Even in the weekly writing class I teach for high school homeschoolers, at least two students have

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How to Overcome a Reluctant Writer’s Resistance

How to Overcome a Reluctant Writer’s Resistance

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Are you encountering resistance when you ask your students to write?

Is there crying involved?

It’s intimidating for students to stare down a blank piece of paper or a computer screen. Middle and high school students have revealed to me why they are negative about writing. Here’s what they have to say:

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One Sure-Fire Way to Create Writing Prompts for Your Students

One Sure-Fire Way to Create Writing Prompts for Your Students

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I have a secret to tell you.

I’m not really sure I should. After all, it feels a little like a chef revealing the secret ingredient to a closely guarded family recipe, but I’m going to share it with you anyway.

As you may know, I create many writing prompts, usually two a week for my Website and the daily writing prompts for SchoolhouseTeachers.com. That’s a lot of writing and a lot of prompts.

Where do I get my ideas? Here’s my secret:

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The SAT Essay: What You Need to Know About It


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SAT essayThe words “SAT essay” can strike fear in the hearts of moms and teens. It seems like a vast, blackened storm at sea, and students can feel a little seasick about taking the test.

Consider this a virtual dose of non-drowsy Dramamine ®.

You’ll want to know two things right away:

1. The January 2016 SAT essay was a persuasive essay, but it exists no more.
2. Beginning in March 2016, the SAT essay will be analytical, which I will also address below.

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How to Complain Constructively

How to Complain Constructively

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I was eating dinner in a restaurant recently when I heard a woman in the booth behind me state, “This is an abomination!”

My ears perked up. My curiosity was piqued. I rarely hear the word “abomination” any more and wondered what could be so horrific as to need that word. I imagined she and her dining partner were reading a magazine article on human trafficking or perhaps watching a YouTube video about persecution in Indonesia.

I strained my ears to learn what she was referring to.

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Writing in Summer?


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Writing in SummerIt’s summer. A sweet breeze of relief flows through the family tree and tickles the leaves. You hear a child giggle.

But you’ve worked hard on this year’s writing classes, and you want to make sure that your children’s writing skills don’t completely deteriorate during summer vacation. What can you do?

Summer is fun, and your children’s summertime writing activities can be fun for them and for you as well. Otherwise, it’s not really summer!

The most important feature of writing in summer is

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5 Powerful Persuasion Strategies for Your Writers

5 Powerful Persuasion Strategies for Your Writers

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I love to bring you examples of effective writing so you can use them with your students, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent speech to a joint meeting of the U. S. Congress is an excellent example of persuasive writing. He used many powerful strategies in his speech, five of which we’ll delve into today.

Your students will better understand the intricacies of writing when they have the chance to learn from professional examples of published authors and speechmakers, so, to that end, let’s explore the persuasion tactics Netanyahu used.

Below are five powerful persuasion techniques. After the list, you’ll find a family writing prompt that involves one of them.

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