longer and can be transmitted to a larger
audience in their original form. Those are
two reasons that learning to write effectively is important.
Writing is better than speaking for
another reason: It allows you to think
through your ideas before communicating them to others. Have you ever said
something and then wished you could
take it back? Most of us have. The immediacy of the spoken word can sometimes
cause problems. However, writing allows
us to express our thoughts and then rearrange our words to correct our mistakes
or to improve our expression. It even allows us to see our thoughts on paper (or
on the screen) so that we can visually
explore our ideas and their implications.
That is why God invented my favorite
buttons on the keyboard: the backspace
and delete buttons. How many times
have I wished for a verbal version!
Learning to write well not only allows
you to communicate ideas, but it also
prepares you for the world of employ-
ment. If you look over “help wanted”
ads, you will see that there is one skill
that is mentioned often in every area of
employment: the ability to speak and
write effectively. Employers desire these
skills in employees, because good com-
munication is essential if a business is
to thrive. Many people shy away from
positions that require them to write.
Learning to be a good communicator
will give you a winning edge when you
become a job seeker.
Writing . . . allows you to
think through your ideas
them to others.
Writing is also an expression of our
personalities. Most people associate this
with creative writing. However, even academic, journalistic, and report writing
reveal something of you. Your personality is revealed in the material you choose
to use and in the way you arrange that
material. Your diction (word choices)
and style also reveal a great deal about
you—your background, your education,
even the choice of books that you read
and the movies that you watch.
Most people agree that learning to
write is an important skill to master.
However, sometimes homeschool moms
avoid teaching writing because they don’t
know how or because they have never
honed their own written communication
skills. For the next few Inspired Homeschooler columns, we are planning to
offer some practical lessons that homeschooling parents can share with their
students. This month, we are offering a
free lesson on how to write a paragraph.
You can use this with students in the
fourth grade or above as an introductory
lesson or as a review for more advanced
students. Simply click on the link and
print out the lesson.
Amelia Harper is a homeschooling mother
of five and a pastor’s wife. She is also the
author of Literary Lessons from the Lord
of the Rings, a complete one-year literature curriculum designed for secondary-level homeschooled students. In addition,
she is an English tutor and a freelance
writer who contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines. For more information, go to www.homescholarbooks.com.
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