HSHSP Ep 153: Helping Homeschool High Schoolers Adjust to Group Classes

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HSHSP Ep 153: Helping Homeschool High Schoolers Adjust to Group Classes. Homeschool high schoolers often take co-op, group or dual-enrollment courses. Here are tips for success.

HSHSP Ep 153: Helping Homeschool High Schoolers Adjust to Group Classes

Sabrina, Vicki and Kym love our homeschool co-ops and group classes. They have been an important part of all their homeschool high schoolers’ education. However, it can be a big adjustment for young folks who haven’t had the opportunity until high school.

While there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school, it’s not unusual to start joining group-learning situations at that age.

Co-op and Group classes:

Share expectations and rules openly and beforehand. (Try not to rely simply on unwritten rules, but try not to have too many rules.) You’ll love this episode to help explain our group classes’ GOOF way to handle this.

Deal well with Mean Moms who don’t know the rules. You’ll like this interview with Melanie Wilson for an explanation of *relationship before rules*.

Here are our tips for walking into group classes for the first time (good for introverts):

  • Enter a room with shoulders back, chin up and a Mona Lisa smile. (These are welcoming nonverbals that tell others it’s okay to talk to you. Download this freebie from Vicki Tillman Coaching for more tips.)
  • Scan the room. Give yourself a minute to calmly choose a chair that looks comfortable for you.
    • Remember, if chairs are in rows, the first 2 rows or a seat down the middle of the room are usually best for academic success. (Called the *T zone*.)

Here are our tips for being in a group discussion class (like Literature class or World Language classes):

  • Teachers: Try poker chips. Everyone is given 3 chips at the beginning of the discussion. Students contribute a chip to the pot whenever they contribute to the discussion. This gives quieter kids the *right* to talk and talkier kids the *right* to take turns.
  • Teachers: Scan the room and invite quieter kids into the conversation. (If you watch nonverbals, you’ll learn when they have something they’d like to say.)
  • Students and Teachers: Try to discover how you *engage* (what kind of learner are you?). For example:
    • Sabrina does better in meetings or trainings if she is taking notes (that’s why she often volunteers as secretary for meetings if 7Sister Allison isn’t there).
    • Kym takes air notes (think air guitar for note taking).
    • Vicki scribbles on her paper to help her focus.
    • How do your students pay attention?

Students: Understand the difference between a lecture and the teacher explaining something to you:

  • If the teacher is in the middle of a lesson/lecture. DON’T interrupt.
    • Jot questions down and ask later.
  • If a teacher is informally chatting.
    • Go ahead and raise your hand to ask question.
  • Don’t publicly challenge your teacher unless you know they like that. (It’s a good way to get on a teacher’s bad side, and besides, it is rude.)
    • Use office hours or email for challenge.

If a student is taking a dual-enrollment college class:

  • Act like a college student.
    • Make us of office hours.
    • Participate in class.
    • Do your work well.
    • Sit in T zone. As Kym says: *Front Row Geeks*.
    • Be the last student out of the classroom.
      • Never close your notebooks while the teacher is still talking.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a delightful, information-packed discussion. You’ll also love these posts. BTW- You can listen to 7Sisters blog posts on Alexa. Here’s how.

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HSHSP Ep 152: How to Get Your Homeschool High School Organized, Interview with Melanie Wilson

This week on HSHSP Ep 152: How to Get Your Homeschool High School Organized, Interview with Melanie Wilson.

How to Get Your Homeschool High School Organized, Interview with Melanie Wilson. Equip your teens with life-organization skills to build their confidence and experience success.

HSHSP Ep 152: How to Get Your Homeschool High School Organized, Interview with Melanie Wilson

We were so excited to have this interview with Melanie Wilson of the Homeschool Sanity Podcast. Melanie is an old homeschool friend of ours so we LOVE hanging out together, whether in person at the 2:1 Conference or digitally. We’re so blessed to be able to share her wisdom about organization with all our HSHSP friends!

Dr. Melanie Wilson of Homeschool Sanity Podcast, PsychoWith6.com, and A Year of Living Productively

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We love to visual Melanie juggling flaming bowling balls… not really, but she is the queen of organizing many things:

Melanie takes seriously the task of balancing self-care, time with husband, time with family, professional life and fun. She’s noticed that what works for her, must be adapted to the skills, needs and gifts of each of her teens.

How do you help teens find an organizational style?

Start with a conversation. Explain how you have discovered your style and how your approach has changed over time.

Emphasize the flexibility to adjust to various situations.

Approach them with an experimental, non-judgmental attitude. Help them become their own scientists: treat themselves like an experimental subject:

  • Note their natural approach to getting projects done. Ask how it works for them? (Does it work well? Is it not going well?)
  • Help the brainstorm approaches to try.
  • Guide them through concluding whether each approach works or not.
  • Decide on the best approach.

Melanie’s book, A Year of Living Productively, takes the same process for moms: Make yourself a scientist, experiment with approaches to organization and notice what works and what doesn’t. Her book contains 80 different task approaches to try…because she knows there’s not ONE right way to get your homeschool high school organized.

One of the lovely things about the book is that teens can download the forms and put them in their portfolios. Moms will love the tracking forms for themselves.

Download A Year of Living Productively for yourself and your homeschool high schoolers and have a better-organized life. Give a copy to your teens and highlight these chapters that Melanie has found effective for teens:

Student Approaches

  • Deadlines
  • Start Early
  • Eat That Frog
  • Scheduling
  • Little & Often
  • Focus & Relief
  • Adequate Sleep
  • Exercise
  • Sacred Time
  • Change the Work Environment
  • See Also ADD/ADHD/Easily Distracted

Melanie’s #1 piece of advice for homeschool moms and teens:

For a happy, healthy homeschool life: Learn and implement the skills of boundary setting and focusing your attention on who and what is important in your life.

For a happy, healthy homeschool life: Learn and implement the skills of boundary setting and focusing your attention on who and what is important in your life.

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Join Melanie Wilson, Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for lots of fun and inspirational information on getting organized.

You’ll also enjoy this episode of Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Conquering Crunchtime Craziness.

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HSHSP EP 151: Approaches to Teaching Literature in Homeschool High School

This week on HSHSP EP 151: Approaches to Teaching Literature in Homeschool High School.

Different Approaches to Teaching Literature. There's not ONE right way to homeschool high school Literature. Here are some approaches.

HSHSP EP 151: Approaches to Teaching Literature in Homeschool High School

Is there ONE right way to homeschool high school Literature? Of course not! Sabrina and Vicki want to encourage you to have fun with right way for your homeschool high schoolers!

If your teens LOVE reading, you’ll approach Literature with them in a different way from for your teens that HATE reading. Each homeschool high schooler has their own abilities and interests. Not only that, moms have their own interests and abilities (some of us LOVE reading, some don’t like to read anything more than Facebook)!

Here are some approaches to teaching Literature. Hopefully one of the approaches will help you out.

Traditional textbooks.

Covers themes and analysis skills with snippets of novels, short stories and poetry. It is a skills approach, not a literature appreciation or in-depth approach. Textbooks are sometimes a good fit for more literal learners because the reading selections are more short and the instructions are more concrete. However, teens who like to delve into a book will hate this approach (because it tends to kill the book). Teens who don’t like tons of reading comprehension questions or being told the *right way* to interpret a book, this is not a best-fit approach.

Whole books approach for linear thinkers.

This approach is good for literal thinkers or struggling learners. Will BORE a deep-thinking teen. Here’s an HSHSP episode on teaching literature to literal thinkers.

Comprehensive whole-books approach.

This is an in-depth, in-depth comprehension and inferential thinking literature study guide approach. You’ll find these great for teens who like to tear a book to pieces (perhaps future English teachers). However, these HUGE literature guides kill the book for many teens.

The right literature studies for your teens can help them learn to be thinkers, not parrots. Don't turn your homeschool high schoolers off with overkill studies. Here's how to find the right fit.

7Sisters approach.

Our teens tell us that they don’t like to kill the book. They want one or two themes covered per book and mostly inferential questions. The literature study guide should be no-overkill, no-busywork. The guide should also provide suggestions for *leveling-up* if they want more rigor for their homeschool transcript or personal growth. We are hoping to develop our teens’ thinking skills with these guides because we want our teens to become thinkers, not parrots!

And remember: you want your teens, where it comes to literature, to inspired, not tired!

Want more information on choosing the right approach to teaching literature in your homeschool? Check out this post.

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HSHSP Ep 150: Why All the Language Arts Credits in Homeschool? Interview with Katie Glennon

This week HSHSP Ep 150: Why All the Language Arts Credits in Homeschool? Interview with Katie Glennon.

HSHSP Ep 150: Why All the Language Arts Credits in Homeschool? Interview with Katie Glennon. Reading, Writing and Speech skills help teens grow in their thinking and confidence skills!

HSHSP Ep 150: Why All the Language Arts Credits in Homeschool? Interview with Katie Glennon

Homeschool high schoolers need 4 Language Arts credits on their transcripts. Why so many? We went to our friend, Katie Glennon, of Literary Cafe podcast and Katie’sHomeschoolCottage.com to find out.

Katie and her husband were originally teachers. Katie left education and had 2 children. They began homeschooling when one son was too wiggly for success in the traditional classroom. They kept on homeschool right through high school. (He’s now a Summa Cum Laude college graduate!)

Homeschooling was important for her next son, who has dyslexia (he is now in college, btw).

Katie believes that homeschooling in generally and especially in Language Arts, we will have the most success if we:

  • Play to their interests
  • Play to their skills

Teens need a rich Language Arts experience to help them develop their thinking and communication skills. To help with with these skills, give them exposure to

  • literature at their level and interests
  • speech at their level and interests
  • writing at their level and interests

Giving teens reading, speaking and writing skills is important because words can plant goodness and growth in their lives!

Giving teens reading, speaking and writing skills is important because words can plant goodness and growth in their lives!

Teach them to analyze what they read through their filter as a Christian. We can develop this skill by discussing what they are reading together. Have them participate in the discussion so that they can solidify a good critical thinking filter. (Mom might be wise to read along with her teens so she knows what they are reading and can discuss it. Audiobooks can help with this.)

How did Katie do discussion with her wiggly son? She found that if he was being respected for his opinions and could talk while he wiggled, he did great!

Be sure to give homeschool high schoolers background that helps them understand the context of the writing:

  • General historical context (the world of the Pilgrims was a different context than that of the Enlightenment)
  • The writer’s personal context (Charles Dickens’ family had experience with debtor’s prison)
  • The way the book, poem or speech influenced the world (Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin)

Teach teens basic speech skills (even if they only use it in the living room). This helps then focus their thinking skills and confidence. (7SistersHomeschool.com has a popular Speech curriculum.)

How did she handle reading with her son who had dyslexia? Read alouds, brain-integration therapy, allowing him choice in reading material.

You’ll enjoy Katie’s podcast. Try this great episode on book reports: Essential Guide to Out of the Box Book Report Ideas and Literary Study.

Visit her website with encouragement, resources, tutoring and courses: Katie’s Homeschool Cottage.

And you’ll enjoy Katie’s favorite Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode: Heavy Equipment Mothering.

Why is Language Arts Such a HUGE Credit?

How to Handle 3 Most Dreaded Parts of Language Arts Credits

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HSHSP Ep 149: Got-to-Have Types of Courses for Homeschool Transcript

This week on HSHSP Ep 149: Got-to-Have Types of Courses for Homeschool Transcript.

HSHSP Ep 149: Got-to-Have Types of Courses for Homeschool Transcript. Basic requirements for homeschool transcript for graduation.

HSHSP Ep 149: Got-to-Have Types of Courses for Homeschool Transcript

What kinds of courses do homeschool high schoolers need for graduation?

That is one of our FAVORITE topics! Join Sabrina and Vicki for a rollicking conversation about homeschool transcripts, courses and credits.

In a nutshell, teens need these four kinds of courses for a powerful transcript:

Core academic courses:

  • Core academics are the basic courses all transcripts need. Core academic courses include Language Arts, Maths, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages.
  • The number of credits needed in each of these categories varies by state, supervising organization or college of interest to your teen.

Other courses required by your state, supervising organization or college your teen wants to go to:

These types of course requirements vary widely from state to state. They also vary from family to family. Each family’s needs and interests are different. That’s the joy of homeschooling! Your teens can develop the transcript that is right for each of them. Examples of other courses would be: Fine Arts, Physical Education, Health, Social Sciences, and Drivers Education.

Elective courses:

These are courses that help your homeschool high schooler explore or develop an interest or skill. For teens who don’t have a clue what they are interested in, choose a wide variety of different kinds of courses until they land on something they love. For teens who are already invested in an interest or talent, enrich their experiences with courses in those areas.

7Sisters offers LOTS of elective choices (because we’ve had LOTS of different kinds of teens in our families and in our co-ops and group classes, so we’ve developed curriculum to meet their needs).

Career Exploration courses:

Career Exploration courses may be the most important courses of all. It is such an anxiety-producing experience for teens to come to senior year and feel like they have no direction. Get them started with a comprehensive Career Exploration program (our popular course has been, for years, getting homeschool high schoolers on the road toward their future).

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Join Sabrina and Vicki for a you-can-do-it discussion of the courses your homeschool high schooler needs!

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HSHSP Ep 148: Coding for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Paul Drake

This week on HSHSP Ep 148: Coding for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Paul Drake.

HSHSP Ep 148: Coding for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Paul Drake of Code Apprentice. Teens can learn employable coding skills during high school with training and one-on-one mentors.

HSHSP Ep 148: Coding for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Paul Drake

Paul Drake of Code Apprentice joins Vicki for a discussion on ways to introduce your homeschool high schoolers to coding, and to bring them to expertise level.

Paul is a homeschool graduate. He homeschooled all the way through, including co-ops during high school. Paul’s mother believed that it was important to explore interests, so when he asked to explore website building. His mother hopped on it and found experiences for him.

Paul got his introduction to website building from his dad. His dad introduced Paul to John at Samaritan’s Purse, who became his mentor. Paul did a lot of his own personal training, but John inspired him and opened doors for him to work at Samaritan’s Purse as soon as he graduated from homeschooling.

Teens need to learn to network! Paul can attest to that. His experiences with networking made his after-high-school success possible. Paul points out that homeschooling high school set him up for confident networking because homeschool teens are not age-group isolated, but are often having chances to chat with others

  • Talk to people older than you
  • Spend time in different organizations (volunteering, asking questions)

Paul reminds us: You can absolutely get a job in tech without having to go to college and get a degree. 

You absolutely can get a job in tech without going to college and getting a degree. Paul Drake of Code Apprentice tells how to develop employable coding skills.

There is greater demand for coders than there is supply. If you have built a portfolio in high school, you will be attractive to companies that need skilled coders.

Paul organization, Code Apprentice, helps teens build their coding skills, create portfolios AND work one-on-one with an expert mentor. Parents get progress reports and grades so that the training can be recorded on the transcript. Perfect for homeschool high schoolers!

Important goals of Code Apprentice is students obtain a *full stack coding education* and create an *end-to-end application* as they progress semester through semester during high school. Student develop a portfolio through project-based learning that makes them highly employable!

There are many resources for learning coding, Paul says coding training is available at:

  • Code Apprentice
  • Coding bootcamps
  • Co-op classes
  • Online courses
  • Mentoring experiences
  • Community college classes

Contact Paul Drake at info@CodeApprentice.tech

Visit CodeApprentice.tech for more information.

Join Vicki and Paul for an enlightening conversation.

Get more Career Exploration information in these episodes of Homeschool Highschool Podcast:

Career Exploration for Teens who Love Everything

Career Exploration for Teens who Don’t Have a Clue

You’ll also be blessed by these posts:

Homeschool Career Exploration: 5 Steps to Help Teens Find Purpose

Homeschool Career Exploration: Discovering Interests and Skills

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HSHSP Ep 148: Coding for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Paul Drake

HSHSP Ep 147: Soft Skills for Teens: Teaching a Welcoming Culture

This week on HSHSP Ep 147: Soft Skills for Teens: Teaching a Welcoming Culture.

HSHSP Ep 147: Soft Skills for Teens: Teaching a Welcoming Culture. Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode on empowering teens with the soft skills for a kind culture.

HSHSP Ep 147: Soft Skills for Teens: Teaching a Welcoming Culture

We’ve all had the experience of being the new person in a group and NO ONE talking to you or welcoming you in. We’ve all had an experience with cliques. We don’t want our kids to be part of that kind of unwelcoming culture. Instead we MUST teach them to create a welcoming culture. Join Kym and Vicki for one of their favorite topics!

To create a welcoming culture, we have taught our teens and our homeschool umbrella school necessary soft skills. The basis of the skills is the Principals of GOOF.

Principals of GOOF:

  • Respect God
  • Respect Others
  • Respect Ourselves
  • Respect Facilities

To make GOOF work:

  • Establish the norms and teach them to teens and adults.
  • Empower some thought-leader teens to be *facilitators* who introduce teens around, usher them through the day, sit with them at lunch, answer questions.
    • Practice with these facilitators ahead of time. Even introverts can play this role, because it is a role (they don’t have to worry about *being themselves*, in a way). This is good for extroverts, too, they need the practice and the role so that they remember to be inclusive.
    • Teach them to look around the perimeter of a group, find teens who are standing alone. Walk up and talk to them. Include them.
  • For new kids.
    • Teach them the magic nonverbals: Simply smile through the day, keep the shoulders up and chin up.
    • Sit near the front.

Remember, if you invest in a few leaders catch the GOOF, it will spread…  HOWEVER, all homeschool high schoolers, need to be GOOF trained. Talk it, talk it, talk it.

Remember, as our friend Dr. Melanie Wilson says, “Relationship before rules”. Develop those relationships and listen in on her podcast: Homeschool Sanity.

Teach your teens to create a welcoming culture. It's a skill that will last for a lifetime.

Remember, teaching drama class to homeschool high schoolers helps develop the confidence in playing a role like *facilitator* in real life. That’s why we have our drama resources that our teens have loved available to you at 7Sisters.

Remember, that Alexa will read 7SistersHomeschool.com posts to you. Here’s a post to tell you how.

AND remember that Vicki has LOTS of free resources at Vicki Tillman Coaching, including Confidence-Building Skills for Meeting New People. Download it for your teens.

Join Vicki and Kym for a fun and enlightening how-to discussion on soft skills, welcoming skills for teens.
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HSHSP Ep 146: Helping Teens Find Their Passions, Interview with Cindy West

This week on HSHSP Ep 146: Helping Teens Find Their Passions, Interview with Cindy West.

Helping Teens Find Their Passions, Interview with Cindy West. Help homeschool high schoolers explore interests and talents for transcript credit.

HSHSP Ep 146: Helping Teens Find Their Passions, Interview with Cindy West

Join Vicki and our friend, Cindy West, of Our Journey Westward, NaturExplorers, and Homeschooling Gifted Kids. Cindy, who is well-known to many homeschool families,  has been homeschooling for 18 years has specialized in helping her homeschool high schoolers find and develop their interests and passions.

Cindy West of Our Journey Westward shares with Homeschool Highschool Podcast ways to help teens capture their passions as part of their academics.

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Cindy’s teens learned how to identify, develop and make choices for their futures in their homeschool programs. Cindy shares how she helped her homeschool high schoolers lean into their interests and allow them to become passions.

  • Observe: Where do they get excited? Where do they invest their free time?
  • Get experiences: Go on field trips. Do some volunteer work, help others out who are in the field of interest. Go to the library
  • Discuss with experts: Interview adults. See if you can find shadowing or apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Include as part of their academic studies: Develop science, history and/or language arts courses.
  • Include as part of their career exploration electives: Give it an appropriate name and capture it on the transcript.

One of the special things that Cindy has done with her teens is allowing her teens to develop their own courses.

  • Divide the year into 36 weeks
  • Explore on the internet what other people cover for those courses
  • Ask teen to pinpoint their interests/goals for the course
  • Find a *spine*, a textbook or detailed, informative book (probably not in the juvenile section) as a base
  • Choose at least one major project: research paper, prepare a presentation, design an experiment
  • Plan out the year, month by month based on the topics of teen interest and what others cover
  • Turn the plan into a syllabus
  • Learn more about this with Cindy’s post on the topic.

Teens who develop their interests in homeschool high school gain important skills for life. Homeschool Highschool Podcast interview with Cindy West.

Cindy’s daughter was passionate about equine studies and developed high school courses to develop those interests. Her son has been interested in guitar, so they have deeply developed this interest and giftedness.

You’ll be blessed by this interview with Cindy West. Visit her website and social media, curriculum AND check out her book on homeschooling gifted kids to learn more!

Take a look at 7Sisters Career Exploration curriculum to help discover interests and gifts. You’ll also enjoy these posts.

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HSHSP Ep 146: Helping Teens Find Their Passions, Interview with Cindy West

HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes. Movies can be an inspirational part of your homeschool high school Language Arts program.

HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool Highschool

Need some fun in your homeschool high school? Think: movies!

Movies and reading can both count for Language Arts assignments?

Movies can’t count as books, but they can be used to learn themes, plots, characters and other tools of literary analysis. Studying a movie can add some sparkle to a year that is getting bogged down in heavy literature books. However, you want to have good tools (like 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides).

Join Sabrina and Vicki for an enlightening discussion of movies for educational process. Let’s start with another of Sabrina’s famous quotes:

Stories are stories.

So, a story in a movie is still a story.

Stories are Stories. Literature analysis through movies. HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes.

Learning story analysis skills by watching movies is good for all teens. Homeschool high schoolers with learning difficulties will find analysis skills more accessible when they watch and discuss movies.

So where do you start? Choose one or two aspects of the story to discuss and analyze, even if the movie has lots of outstanding features that could be explored. That way teens can actually learn and hold onto their learning. We suggest 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides for this.

When teens learn some concepts from a film story, they can then find those concepts when they read books. Making these connections is a necessary facet of education (and an important life skill).

Watching movies as an educational tool, helps teens begin to think that any time they watch a movie, they can use their brains and think about what they are consuming. In other words, when given tools for analysis in a gentle way, most teens will have more critical thinking skills for watching movies any time.

All 7Sisters curriculum is level-able (adaptable for Average- through Honors-level studies.) Homeschool high schoolers who are college-bound Honors level cinema studies will find interesting and meaningful leveling-up activities in 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides.

The way the Cinema Studies guides work:

  • Students watch the movie.
  • They take notes as they watch the movie on anything that is interesting to them.
  • They watch the movie again several days later.
  • Then they complete the study guide (questions and a writing assignment).

As an aside, Vicki and Sabrina rabbit trailed onto the topic of audiobooks for books and poetry. They noted that Benedict Cumberbach is one of their favorite readers. Vicki has several pins on her Pinterest Poetry board with him reading a poem.

Join Sabrina and Vicki for a *moving* talk about movies!

For more creative Language Arts ideas, check out this episode!

HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!

 

HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 144: Writing Research Papers, Interview with Kat Patrick

This week on HSHSP Ep 144: Writing Research Papers, Interview with Kat Patrick.

HSHSP Ep 144: Writing Research Papers, Interview with Kat Patrick. Tips for helping homeschool high schoolers develop skills for research paper writing.

HSHSP Ep 144: Writing Research Papers, Interview with Kat Patrick

Our friend, Dr. Kat Patrick, joins us for this episode to help guide through the important task of writing research papers.

Kat has helped us out with an episode about homeschooling in the United Kingdom and the United States AND in another episode, she shared how to teach Shakespeare and enjoy it.

Kat and her family have lived in England for 25 years (where her husband teaches at Oxford). They recently moved to Texas, where Kat was born. Kat started Dreaming Spires Home Learning, a Charlotte Mason inspired online program. She offers lots of popular live courses in lots areas.

Kat Patrick of Dreaming Spires Online Homeschool Courses, Interviewed on Homeschool High School Podcast

Photo used with permission.

Kat is an expert in teaching writing skills. She began teaching research paper writing during her graduate studies at University of Delaware. (Interestingly, just a few miles from where the 7Sisters live, we just never met at that time.) Kat loves teaching the skills of research paper writing, especially in taking notes and noting sources.

As Vicki points out, teens often complain about writing research papers while in high school because they are a LOT of work! However, they often come back to her to thank her for that requirement, because in college they more easily earn top grades in their composition courses. Even non-college-bound skills benefit from writing research papers.

Life skills that all teens gain from writing research papers include:

  • Building attention to detail
  • Building stick-to-itiveness and organization skills for doing large projects
  • Building patience for redos until things get batter
  • Building research skills for life (such as products, trips or services teens will need in life)
  • Building skills to evaluate sources (they can apply this to things they read on social media and elsewhere)

What are some resources Kat recommends?

  • Books (usually more than one book, including more than one perspective)
  • References from library
  • Good Reads website
  • Google Books
  • Sources listed at the bottom of Wikipedia articles (the sources cited in the article), not the article itself
  • Primary sources, including digital documents of out-of-print sources. (Simply Google search: *Primary source for…*). This is good because teens can begin to come up with some of their own thoughts by reading original docusments, rather than only discuss other people’s thoughts. (This is particularly helpful with MLA and Chicago-style papers that are thesis based papers.)

Discuss plagiarism.

  • Help teens understand: How long a quote can you use and how do you cite it? (Follow the guidelines for each paper style: MLA, APA, Chicago Style.) Teens in college can lose scholarships and fail classes if they plagiarize. Here is a post to help explain plagiarism to your homeschool high schoolers.
  • Discuss paraphrasing and citing the paraphrase. (Developing this skills is one reason Kat loves Charlotte Mason’s traditional paraphrasing of books!)

Teach note-taking skills:

  • Remind teens to research before they start the paper or even write a thesis. They need lots of information before they start writing their papers.
  • Use index cards for note taking. Put quotes, statistics and other important information. Put citation information. Number the cards. Using card helps prevent accidental plagiarism.
  • Mind map or spread out the cards on a table to help teens organize their thoughts.

Teach time management skills:

Work with teens with solid dates on when they start researching, finish their cards, complete the first rough draft, final draft, etc. 7Sisters freebie Scheduling Backwards can help with this. All of 7Sisters’ Research Paper Writing Guides are chunked out into day-by-day assignments to help homeschool high schoolers stay on track.

Kat suggests this order for writing research papers.

  • Research
  • Write the first draft of the paper
  • Read the paper and find the gaps in the information presented
  • Research to fill in gaps
  • Rewrite
  • Check citations
  • Edit for grammar, punctuation, etc
  • Complete a final draft

Kat also includes these 2 fascinating requirements that truly help her homeschool high school students succeed as writers:

  • Students keep a journal where they daily record what they have done on their research paper.
  • At the end of the paper, she has her students write a *review* of the paper-writing process. It is a self-reflection about what they have learned about the process and the topic.

There are many styles of research papers, however, these are the most commonly used papers for high schoolers:

Check out Kat’s online courses such as English Literature that includes writing extensions, including research papers as well as multi-genre experiences with Prezis and plays. Also visit her at:

Keep an eye out for Dr. Kat Patrick’s upcoming text on Chicago-style research papers. Also, download Kat’s FREEBIE: Shakespeare Copywork.

Join Vicki and Kat for this fun discussion on research papers, your teens will benefit from the tips you learn!

You’ll also enjoy these posts and this HSHSP episode with more information on research papers.

Suggested Syllabus for 7Sisters MLA Research Paper Writing Course

What are Chicago-Style Research Papers and Why Should Your Teen Write One?

High School Research Paper: Should You Choose MLA? APA? Other?

HSHSP Ep 144: Writing Research Papers, Interview with Kat Patrick