If you want your homeschool students to learn to write, give them the book they'll want to read.

 

Here’s how it will go...

You’ve volunteered to be the interviewee for about 16 minutes or so, your own moments of fame! So, think of a topic that interests you, something about homeschooling, or language arts, or anything that has to do with your life as a homeschool student. Now that you know your topic, send it to my email (leewoods034@gmail.com) along with your preferred time for me to call, preferably between 1 and 5 PM EST, M-F. Your topic can be just a word or two, or maybe a sentence or two. If you want, have a friend or your parents sit in. No problem, because you can’t foul up. I was a newspaper reporter for a long time, so I’m sure our interview will go just fine. I’ll record it, transcribe it, and post it here, along with your name in the page title. For example, if your name were Jenna, the page title in the main menu would say, “Jenna’s 16 Minutes of Fame.” You’ll be a celebrity for your own 16 minutes. If you want to see an example, click on Articles and then click on An Interview With Jessica Parnell.

Sound good? If you’ve got questions, click on Contact above and ask away! See you for your 16 Minutes! And I’ll be checking my email!


 Jenna is enrolled at Bridgeway Academy


Hint: Go grab yourself a listener...

Would you like to know how to improve your writing—and your chances of getting good grades? Well, you can. All you have to do is make a list of the people you talk to, work with, socialize with, study with—then ask yourself the following question: which one of these people do I trust to look at my writing and give me an honest opinion of what’s wrong or missing. Why should you do that? Why ask someone to judge your writing after you’ve already written your first draft? We look at our writing through rose-colored glasses, and need the critical eye of someone who can be objective. That’s your “listener,” someone who can play the role of critic before your real reader does.

You know that a family member can’t be your listener, right? Why? They want you to feel good about anything you write, of course, so they’re going to tell you what you want to hear. Even if your writing gets first place in a contest called "The World’s Worst Writing," your family is still going to say, “Great job, kid!” So, forget family. That leaves someone you can trust to give you an honest opinion, even if the opinion isn't what you want to hear. Don't despair. You do NOT have to do what your listener suggests. That's your decision and your decision alone. After all, whose name is ultimately going to appear at the top of your writing? Your listener? Or yours? Right, yours. So listen, give the listener a chance, then do what you think is right. You always want to keep your audience in mind when you write, but ultimately you write to please one person and one person only....you.


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