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This is the same 13-year-old-boy who would write exactly 3 5-word sentences if that's all he was required, whose IEP writing goal in 8th Grade was to write 3 paragraphs. His main problems being a huge reluctance to write due to handwriting issues when he was younger, years of handwriting remediation, and having convinced himself (and others) that he "can't" write. His paper comes out with approximately a 10th grade readability level!
Obviously I'm a writer, and I did coach my son to start with on how to organize his thinking, gave him some recent articles to spark his interest in pulling current events into the paper, and I did help him edit his work. However he put in a great deal of research effort, expanded the original premise for his paper to a comparison of public school, private school, homeschooling and unschooling, including some critical thinking that he's never been able to express in writing before.
He's given me permission to distribute the fruits of his labor. After years of pointless school assignments, one of the things that excited his passion was the idea that what he was compiling would actually be useful for someone in the future. So I thought it was important to share, on this eve of him finally being homeschooled.
Please grab a copy from my dropbox link below! Note, the contents are copyrighted, but you have permission to distribute it in its entirety.
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