Dd is writing an essay (5 paragraph) for her piano class. She is required to do this as it counts as part of her theory homework. She really
doesn't like to do this, but I tell her it is good practice in writing about topics we don't like.
The topic is very broad. She has a theis and we have an introduction, three support paragraphs and plans to write a conclusion in place, but overall it doesn't seem to flow well. What are your best tips for dealing with having to write on broad topics? She generally writes with a good "voice", but since she despises this assignment (
), I'm having trouble helping her get this going. Even I
don't like this type of writing, but it is required. We went over a general outline again today, and she understands what to write, but it sounds unconnected and forced. I may be describing this more harshly than I mean. We're still working on it. She is new to writing a 5 paragraph essay so I'm trying to keep this in mind while teaching her. The essay must be 500 words or less. It doesn't specify that it must be 5-paragraph so I might consider taking a paragraph out (the one we are struggling with), but I wanted this essay to have some structure. This is why we are trying it this way. I hope this makes sense.
How do you teach your dc to move through essays that are not ideal, but are required?
Edited by Kfamily, 22 November 2010 - 04:22 PM.