Why should you consider essay writing for reluctant high school writers? It’s a really smart place to start. Got a teen who has favorite subjects that AREN’T Language Arts? Try building on those interests with essay writing!
Essay Writing for Reluctant High School Writers
For reluctant writers, an essay is a good place to start because:
- Typically, essays are about five paragraphs and are less intimidating than longer writing.
- They follow a formula, which means that it is easier to get started on covering that terrifyingly blank piece of paper.
- Even for students who have not had extensive writing experience, it is possible to conquer something that could potentially only require 15 sentences!
How do you start essay writing for reluctant high school writers?
Starting with essays on a topic your high schooler likes to argue about helps the student overcome fear. After all, an essay is really a written argument – and we all know that teenagers excel in that area!
Using a step-by-step process spelled out in a study guide helps. 7 Sisters Study Guides help even reluctant high school writers capture ideas, get them organized, and articulated on paper.
Even using the familiar format and taking the process a step at a time, some students have a hard time defending a thesis. One of my children struggled in this area, especially literature analysis (often reluctant writers are also reluctant readers).
The turning point for him was a class that analyzed movies. He understood that he had to support his thesis with specific examples from the movie that he had watched. Since movies engage multiple senses, this was easier for him. He was able to relate specific examples in the movie to his thesis – an important accomplishment!
As you work with your student, never forget the power of encouragement. At one time I had a student in one of my homeschool group classes. On one of his essays I wrote, “You have the potential to be a good writer.” Later, he told me that it was a turning point for him – he decided to become a communications major in college. Of course, not all students will have such a life-changing experience, but all benefit from knowing that their hard work is being rewarded.
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