Write for Life Volume 1 offers lessons that guide teens through the process of writing the research paper.
Write for Life: Volume 1: Writing the Research Paper
This book offers ready to use lessons for grades 7-12 that guide students through the process of writing the research paper. Suitable for homeschool families, co-ops, or other student groups, these eight lessons break down the process from start to finish with helpful instruction, encouragement, and practice.
Lesson topics include:
- MLA style research paper basics, topics, and sources
- Thesis statements
- Developing content
- Rough and final drafts
- Citing sources
No matter what we do in life, good communication skills are an important ingredient for success. Strengthening students’ writing enhances verbal and other interpersonal skills and helps prepare them for a lifetime of good communication.
Since 2005, Karen Lange has used these lessons to teach homeschool teens at the Homeschool Online Creative Writing Co-op. She believes that everyone can improve their writing skills with a good balance of instruction, encouragement, and practice.
About the Author
Karen Lange is a homeschool veteran, homeschool consultant, freelance writer, and online writing instructor for adults and homeschooled teens. Karen and her husband homeschooled their three children for grades K-12 in southern New Jersey. They now live in north central Kentucky where Karen enjoys reading, walking, and playing with her grandson. She is a fan of dark chocolate, hockey, and historical fiction.
No matter what we do in life, it is necessary to communicate. We interact with and express ourselves to others daily, so good communication skills are important. Improving students’ writing skills can enhance other means of communication, thus equipping them with lifelong skills.
This book provides ready to use lessons that help provide the tools develop necessary skills for lifelong communication for grades 7-12. It is suitable for use for homeschool families or co-ops or other student groups, it guides students step by step through the writing process. Each unit includes user friendly lessons and assignments that provides instruction, friendly encouragement, and practice.
These are designed to stretch skills and imaginations to help students write and think more creatively. It provides interaction with peers and personalized feedback and guidance from the instructor. This co-op is designed to develop and reinforce good writing skills. Think of it as cross training for writing. Using a variety of lessons, assignments, suggested activities students are encouraged to develop their skills. No stress allowed! Writing is a process – with practice and the right tools anyone can improve.
Volume 1: Writing the Research Paper, 8 lessons and assignments that guide students through the writing process of writing the research paper.
Volume 2: Essay Writing
Volume 3: Creative Writing
Volume 4: Flash Fiction
My daughter, who is in the ninth grade, seems to have above average writing skills (I’ll say she gets that talent from me… ahem). Don’t we wish expressing one’s thoughts was so easy for every child?!? My son just started seventh grade, and I will be the first one to admit his writing skills are less than glorious. He does not enjoy reading and hence also does not enjoy writing as well. I think Karen’s book, Write for Life, may have some useful tips that I can apply to his English homeschooling curriculum.
Volume One discusses writing a research paper. I like how the author broke down the eight lessons into weekly projects for the student to accomplish. This book shows the student the correct formatting involved in a research paper along with tips on how to put their own unique personality into it. I like the examples the author includes and how she stresses the importance of getting different eyes on it to see it through different viewpoints. There are also “fun” activities included, that I’m sure my son will not think are fun, but this gives additional practice to struggling students.
This is a short but concise book that I think would be of benefit to many students. Whatever your age or the subject, being able to clearly share and discuss your findings with the world is important. I think this book will help build confidence in your child’s writing process and teach them the tools to successfully write a research paper.
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