Can anyone tell me the secret to writing a good essay. This would be an essay on a required reading book for the eighth grade. I am especially interested in learning how to write analysis on the author's use of literary elements. Is there a good source for the homeschooling mother to bone up on these skills? My 1970's public school education is woefully inadequate for keeping up with some of these basic skills in a good Catholic education. It has been sad for me to realize that even though I was considered an "average" student in school, the public schools even then were light years behind the kind of education available through Seton or Our Lady of Victory. It leads me to not trust myself at times when teaching my children.
Thanks and God Bless,
Oh, I don't know.... in 9th grade in Public school we were doing that kind of analysis of literary devices and stuff. Granted, it was an advanced class, but I imagine that a homeschooled 8th grader could at least attempt something like that.
I think that is it. I need to make certain we don't rehash the story and just analize. I was looking at the 7th grade Voyages in English got a clearer idea. At least I hope. Sometimes I think something to death and don't know where to start on things.
I'd be interested in more information as well. My oldest is only 5th grade, so I'm not there yet- I don't have any advice. I do really like the Voyages in English though. I tried something else again this year, only to return to the Voyages.
I wonder if Marybonita has seen this post yet.