My friend’s dad said half my sentences didn’t connect to the topic or make sense. I entered the local community college at 16 and had an old-school English 101 prof who made us memorize comma rules and would fail the paper if it wasn’t on topic.
My parents did not use any particular writing program, but simply assigned a few papers over the course of my middle school years and in early high school.
I remember writing 5 pages about the causes of the Civil War and a report about the state of Georgia.
From there I went on to become an English major at UI, where I took an entire class on sentence diagramming as well as several more writing classes and lit classes that required strong writing.
I knew I would likely homeschool, and though I might not be able to teach math well, I would be able to teach writing well.
My parents might have made me cry with their red pen markings, and I might have made kids cry with my purple pen markings (especially my own), but personal feedback that must be put into practice is the key to improving writing skill.
A teacher with a class of 30 or more cannot read and personally help each student improve their weak spots.I taught writing and literature to classes of homeschool kids for about 7 or 8 years, with a few years off here and there depending on when my babies were due.I estimate that I have taught around 50 kids how to write.However, I don’t think that’s because I am such an awesome teacher.I think it’s because our society’s English standards are so low.Many of my students, who were generally 10-11 years old, had not done any writing at all before taking my classes, and in 1-2 years their composition skills rivaled those of the English 101 students I tutored at the University (that says more about English 101 than my teaching).I have now also taught my two oldest sons to write, and I am positive my oldest – at age 12 – would test out of English 101 and my 10-year-old son would be able to pass it.Since I had nothing else to do, I said “sure,” not exactly knowing what I was getting into.She gave me her 1st-generation IEW VHS tapes and my mother-in-law gave me her 1st-generation IEW 3-ring binder.After I wrote something, my mom went through it with a red pen and I cried.Then I made the revisions and then my dad went through it with a red pen and I cried.