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Writing just got easier!
January 10, 2014
A friend of mine kept telling me that I should get The Power in Your Hands and try it. I did not want to get a writing curriculum because I personally don't like to write, and I knew that my daughter absolutely despised it, so I thought, "Why torture ourselves?" However, I knew that if she decided to attend college, she should have some writing skills. I seriously didn't think it would work, but I finally decided to take the plunge, and boy, was I surprised! Writing is still not her favorite subject, but she is actually writing papers, without complaining, and they are, to my amazement, quite good. Thank you, Sharon Watson, for composing a curriculum that works!
As a homeschooling mom I am so thankful to have found this book. The Power in Your Hands explains writing in an engaging and enjoyable format. This book gives clear instructions and many great examples. My 9th grader and I look forward to reading each chapter together. Not only has it taught my child how to write, but it also brings up many discussions between us about ethics and morals that we face in our era.
This book can be used for 1 or 2 years. Depending on your preferred schedule, you can pretty well do one chapter every week or two. We chose to read the chapters together, which only takes 35-40 min. After that my child works on the assignment for the rest of the week or more, depending on what is assigned. If the teacher is faithful to grade and the student applies himself he will be well prepared for the SAT and college after finishing this course.
I highly recommend purchasing the teachers key also. It will provide you with a grading format and many sample papers. I need to be able to see where my child is in their writing and having other students work to compare to is what makes this book worthwhile to me. It has a wealth of teaching info in it also.
If you want to find writing to be a joy, not a drudgery, use this book in your high school curriculum. I think students and parents can easily relate to it and you might even have some great conversations with your child as well.
Sharon Watson's book was a wonderful help to me during high school! The textbook was easy to understand, and the use of examples from novels and published authors taught and inspired me. I loved the conversational tone and light humor. Students who use this book will see, as I did, how stress-free and even fun writing can be! They'll also discover the power of writing, beyond mere technicality or skill. I feel like I have been better prepared for high school, the SAT essay and college. To students: I encourage you to consider Sharon's book if you're entering, or are already in, high school. You'll find that it is a great help with high school writing!