Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction

It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword. Well, the truth is in the training! Author Sharon Watson helps students unlock their writing potential in this high school course that explores and exercises the tools for successful non-fiction writing. Her teaching style is conversational and engaging, the examples she uses are clear and attainable, and her instruction is step-by-step and highly detailed. This course covers all the writing styles (persuasive, expository, descriptive, and narrative) as well as the critical elements - such as planning, introductions, conclusions, evaluating, editing, and quotations/references - needed for expertise at the high school, college, or work-place level. And this is all in 108 daily lessons, with 22 essays, reports, articles, and narratives! The format is easily adapted to classroom, co-op, or homeschool use (suggesting a one-year schedule for the first two and a two-year schedule for the latter). Student and teacher books are separate, with the student portion designed to be essentially self-guided. Students will find the non-consumable text inviting and open while the teacher can be as involved or un-involved as s/he needs to be. The Teacher's Guide lays out the framework, objectives, and progression of the course; it gives tips on evaluating and grading; it contains a year's worth of writing prompts; and it includes the lesson-by-lesson answer key and teaching notes that correspond to the student text. Whether the starting point is abject fear, mild indifference, or elated anticipation, this course is an enabler of great literary skill! Christian-based content throughout, no prerequisite required. - Zach

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