This was the last week of classes for all Writing to Learn levels! It was a swift and busy year, with my largest number of students ever. Levels 1 and 2 completed Final Exams, and Level 3 presented their Super Essays, a term paper that that they worked on throughout the year, on the subject … Continue reading It’s All Over But the Grading!
Why do people assume that homeschoolers are self-learners, self-starters, lovers of academics? Homeschoolers are just ordinary people with all the different personalities and quirks and talents and shortcomings that ordinary people have.
Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom fully realise the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors.
If you are new to my website, Writing to Learn, you may not know that I have a page devoted to story charts for literary analysis! These are free to download and I am constantly adding new ones. I use the Center for Lit method of literary analysis in my writing classes, and I started making the story … Continue reading Planning summer reading? Check out my Story Charts!
I have students who do extra work just because they want to. 😀 In Level 1, we have just finished the literature unit. I teach the students how to recognize the elements of literature using the Center for Lit method. First, we write a couple of short stories with a very carefully crafted structure, using … Continue reading One of Those Literary Stories
I kept seeing a link to the "Well Trained Mind Forum" as a Referrer on my website stat page. Curious about how people were finding my website from Well Trained Mind, I searched the forums for my website URL. Up popped this wonderful review of my classes! I really don't know which of my Level … Continue reading “Well Trained Mind” Review!
All stories are composed of five basic elements: Characters, Setting, Conflict, Plot, and Theme. Even though Conflict, Characters, and Setting are story elements in their own right, they also appear in the Plot. Each of my Story Charts includes these five elements of literature. Here is a Story Chart Key that you can print to … Continue reading Understanding the Story Charts
I have used the Thinkwave academic site for years as my online "base of operations" for Writing to Learn classes. It improves all the time! Thinkwave calls their product an "online gradebook," but it is so much more. Here are some features that I love about Thinkwave: easy access to Homework resources Each assignment for … Continue reading Online Academic Site: Thinkwave
Today I interviewed Sarah, one of my Veteran Writing Moms, about skills needed in the Real World! Sarah shares some experiences about the effect of writing style and following directions on her work.Sarah's experience is all too common in the work world, even among professionals who ought to know how to do things correctly. It … Continue reading Writing Class Skills in Real Life: Writing Style and Following Directions
The story of Joseph can be found in the Bible, in the Book of Genesis, chapters 37 through 50. It is interrupted briefly in chapter 38, but resumes in chapter 39. Readers of early heroic literature, such as the Iliad, Beowulf, or the early King Arthur versions, will notice that "Joseph" is different. Although it … Continue reading Featured Story Chart: “The Story of Joseph” with Complete Text