"Marcy McDonald is a freelance writer with a passion for sharing her writing
craft with homeschoolers." -- TOS® Magazine
With a publisher named Popular Weasel Press, you expect something interesting
and unusual. This book will not disappoint! Marcy McDonald is a freelance writer
with a passion for sharing her writing craft with homeschoolers. She has written
several other nonfiction works and homeschooled her own son for a time.
What is unique about this work is that it teaches the subject of composition
from the perspective of a professional writer. It can be used for juniors and
seniors in a traditional classroom, but was primarily aimed at homeschooled students.
The course could be completed in a single semester, although a longer time is
optimal. She suggests working with a group of students as well.
This is not a fluff course! It is rigorous with the expectation of great rewards
for the student. The premise is that writing is a bridge between us. We reach
out to each other through our words. The more proficient and expressive our written
communication, the better we are able to communicate with others. Even the student
who does not consider himself a writer will be encouraged to engage in the process
by specific assignments as well as through the use of a journal.
The writing process is covered step-by-step. The student is instructed in how
to build a bridge, that is, to organize their writing. They explore the reasons
why to build a bridge, or the purpose, tone and attitude of their writing. Then
they are shown how to clean up the construction site with some nitty gritty instruction
on usage, wording, editing and presentation. Throughout the material, the student
is encouraged to try their best and to uncover the writer lurking in each of