Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Writing Strands Wednesday- The Plan

I'm trying something new here.

For a variety of reasons, we have started and stopped Writing Strands a few times.

• Abby actually likes Writing Strands (now) and will refer to it/ use it as a resource for her non-academic writing pursuits.  Because of how much writing she was doing on her own, I didn't want to burden her with writing assignments.  I now recognize that I'm not doing her any favors by not having her do the work and that doing these assignments will actually make her a better writer.

• It drives Charlotte crazy-- she doesn't understand what the author is talking about half the time.  Charlotte has always been an amazing writer.  However, she stopped writing after Abby wrote that first novel and I've had a hard time convincing her there is room in this house and in the world for two Magsarili writers.  She isn't convinced yet, but I will teach her (hopefully) what she needs to know so when she can resist the urge to write no longer, she will be prepared.

• This is our first year using it with Elijah since he is just now at a place to try more writing (with his eyes being better, etc...)  Most of his language arts have been done orally before this.  Having him do all this writing should be... interesting to say the least.

Anyhoo,  I do much better when I teach something that I know well.

Grammar and formal writing are definitely weak areas for me.

Creative writing I can do.  But, I probably make all the picky English majors crazy.  :)

(I do try.)

Where was I?  Oh yes, we are bringing everyone back to Writing Strands 3 and purposing to go straight through it, doing every assignment.

Ambitious, isn't it?  Or, perhaps crazy would be a better word.

We are encouraging them to go at a pace that is comfortable.  I expect the girls to move along much faster than Elijah.

So what does this have to do with us??

Well, I am going to work through the Writing Strands books myself at a (Lord willing) fairly fast pace.

I will post my assignments (and examples that the kids write, as they write) here on Mishmash so we can help each other get through this crazy little thing called writing curriculum.

In case you missed it, let me repeat,

I have no idea what I'm doing and fully expect you guys to help me!

(I don't care if you're living in another country and are trying to learn another language.  I need "yo mad skillz."  {{tap, tap}}  You know who you are.)

Does this sound like a good plan?

Everyday Wednesday I will post at least one completed exercise from Writing Strands 3.  
If I can manage more than one, I will post all that I have and the title will reflect which exercises are included in that particular post.  Hopefully, this will make finding things easier later (for reference).

Does this even make sense?

Hope so...

Either way, I'm going to give it a try.

My first post will be directly after this one.


Four For France said...

I'm flattered. I'm willing. But I'm pretty sure you've over-rated my "mad skilz" if, indeed, it is I to whom you are referring. :)

Lainie said...

Yes, you would be the one I am tapping :)

BTW, the kids have been getting such a kick out of praying for you and seeing updates on FB or blog that are answers to what they prayed for. So exciting :D

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