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What language arts program for a right-brain learner?

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High School English (Language Arts) usually includes:

- Literature (reading)

- Composition (writing)

- Grammar

- possibly Vocabulary

- possibly Spelling (if remedial help needed, though can also be included with vocabulary)


Below are some specific ideas we've done with our VSL (right brain) learner who struggles with spelling and writing (handwriting/spelling, and the getting thoughts onto paper part of writing). He has not balked at any of them.


And DO nurture your creative writer -- perhaps look at the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum! :001_smile:




BEST of luck, whatever you go with! Warmest regards, Lori D.




- Make a list of classic books, read aloud/discuss together, use lit. guides.

(free online guides: Sparknotes, Glencoe Literature, Cliff's Notes, Wikipedia articles)

- Literary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings

(very gentle and fascinating all-year study guide with lots of side topics and related literature discussed in 12 additional units of material)

- Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gold - American Literature

(gentle overview of classic American works - 10 short stories; 3 novellas; 10 poets)

- Windows on the World (1 semester course)

(gentle intro into reading/annotating classic short stories, and then very specific, gentle information on how to write a literary analysis essay)




- Try a once-a-week timed essay together from a past SAT writing prompt. Short (25 minutes), on topics that might appeal to her, and repeated practice helps students learn to organize their thoughts, include specific details / examples / facts

- Use writing assignment ideas from lit. guides -- 1 paragraph response to a particular chapter; 2-5 paragraph essay comparing characters, discussing a theme or symbol, etc.

- For very simple, straight forward research paper / essay writing instruction (not very VSL / right brain, but short and to the point, so fairly painless!), check out:



Essay Info = http://essayinfo.com/essays/5-paragraph_essay.php

5 Paragraph Essay Graphic Organizer = http://www.teachervision.fen.com/graphic-organizers/printable/43086.html

The Owl at Purdue = http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/01/



Grammar = Chortling Bard (by Bell)

A paragraph-a-day retelling of several Shakespeare plays, with grammar review, word usage, vocabulary, grammar mechanics and editing packed into each paragraph. You can do this with your student in about 10-12 minutes a day. See table of contents and sample pages at http://www.amazon.com or http://www.rainbowresource.com




- online vocabulary practice at http://www.freerice.com

- 10 minutes a day with a roots study program (non-workbook), such as English from the Roots Up

- from the literature



Spelling = Megawords

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I really appreciate your help. :001_smile:


You're welcome! But also -- what works for our male VSL with LA struggles, may be very different for your FEMALE right brain who LOVES creative writing! ;) Hopefully something here might give you a very starting point for your research. BEST of luck! Warmly, Lori D.

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