Do you need some homeschool high school writing help? Wonder what to cover?
Homeschool High School Writing Help
Writing is one of the most vital parts of the homeschool high school Language Arts credit.
Moms of homeschool high schoolers often feel overwhelmed by the many components of a Language Arts credit. (Here’s a post on what to include in a high school Language Arts course.)
Here are 4 writing areas you will want to cover each year and 1 great way to make sure you cover them all:
1. Research paper (MLA or APA style)
Your homeschool high schooler will need to write a research paper most years (while not every homeschool program will require 4 years of research papers, we have heard from our local homeschoolers that writing one each year REALLY helped prepare them for college).
The 7Sisters ebookstore has writing guides to walk your teen through the process of writing an MLA and an APA Style research paper…and Chicago Style is coming soon! Each guide breaks the work down into bite-sized pieces and eliminates the intimidation factor with a friendly, conversational style of instruction. Here’s a suggested syllabus for MLA paper writing.
2. Five-paragraph essays
There are a number of these essays that need to be covered: SAT topics, persuasive, compare-contrast, literature analysis and more. Homeschool high schoolers should be able to spit these out on demand by the time they graduate!
Three different levels of high school essay writing guides are available in the 7Sisters ebookstore, and Middle School Essay Writing Guide gives younger students a great head-start on the skill set they will need. (Need more essay writing resources? Check out these fun Essay Writing Games.)
An important homeschool high school writing help is poetry writing. Teens do not need to grow up to be Robert Frost but they do need to learn to express themselves with the power of well-chosen words. Poetic language skills help students write great research papers and essays.
Getting started with poetry writing is fun and accessible with three levels of instruction in friendly-toned guides from the 7Sisters ebookstore. (Here are some surprising benefits of writing poetry.)
4. Short Stories
The creativity employed in constructing short stories helps high schoolers develop good paper-writing skill. I have heard from college professors that creatively-expressed, well-written papers get better grades than boring, well-written papers. Story writing teaches these skills.
Writing a myth-fantasy short story is one of our own kids’ favorite short story writing adventures! Check out how to with this guide, or our other short story writing guides for family narratives and tall tales in the ebookstore. (Here’s a freebie syllabus for Myth/Fantasy Writing.)
And here is the 1 Great Way to Make Sure You Cover ALL the Homeschool High School Writing Components
7Sisters offers Literature and Composition bundles that cover one semester at a time! Check out all the levels available for a year’s worth of writing, reading, and vocabulary so that you know you’ve covered everything. The no busywork, adaptable, inspirational format will make Language Arts a great course for your teen!
Check our our Authoritative Guide on High School Writing Requirements and for a in-depth discussion on goals and grading writing assignments for homeschool high school, check out this post.