74Heaven Posted November 9, 2012 Share Posted November 9, 2012 Hi - I was a writer/editor of newsletters and advertising before I became a mom. I can write well, but I am a perfectionist so it takes several drafts to distill my message. Teaching it to my children has been difficult! I am teaching daughter #3 to write and all my children (even at the college level - with 2 years of AP Lit as well) seem to struggle to support their thesis in an essay. They seem to slip back into narrative writing. (Their grammar and mechanics and sentence variation are excellent. But their papers lack focus and support. They also lack organization. Current students (15yod and 13yob) can not seem to understand that all the sentences in a paragraph have "a job to do". First of course, they struggle mightily with forming a strong opinion for their thesis. Then, they can't seem to back it up. Lastly, they are weak in organizing. (Plus, they tire of the paper when it is only about 1/3 of the way done - i.e. after first rough draft.) In addition, they seem to end up "telling" (almost like a book report) about their subject (providing description/facts) rather than supporting their opinion about their subject. These past few weeks, they have each written 2 essays about Watership Down, the first a character sketch (2-3 pages double spaced) and then a compare/contrast on major characters. I know this is a tough skill, but what are some time-tested and effective ways to teach them the skills for supporting their opinion/thesis? TIA! Lisaj, mom to 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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