The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, 2nd Edition Review (TOS Crew Review)

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Writing non-fiction in high school can be tricky.  From short essays to research papers, high school students are usually expected to hone their non-fiction writing craft in various ways.  So I was very excited to add a new high school writing program to the mix from Writing with Sharon Watson! My rising 11th grade daughter has been working through The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, 2nd Edition over the summer.

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We received the paperback edition, which works wonderfully for us since our internet access is limited at times.  I was very happy to see that a teacher’s guide was included in case I had any questions.  While Melani planned to work through the program at a self-guided pace, any help on my end is much appreciated.  For example, a wide variety of proofreading marks are touched on, along with a “Grading Toolbox” to help me grade Melani’s writing assignments to the best of my ability.

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There are a total of twenty-three chapters included in The Power in Your Hands, along with a reference “toolbox” for the students to refer back to.  At the beginning of the book, students are instructed on how to think and plan before they even begin to write.  After this information is covered, they dive right into learning about opinions, which is a major point to cover while talking about essays.  Both my daughter and I found the information to be easy to understand, and I personally thought that Sharon Watson did a fabulous job laying all of the material out in an understandable manner.

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After opinions are covered, the book dives into topics such as persuasion, proofreading, exposition, process writing, and more.  Melani isn’t quite there yet, but I’m looking forward to her reaching the chapters about topics such newspaper writing, biographies, comparing and contrasting, and literary analysis.  The book ends while touching on narration, including how to write a personal testimony or spiritual journey.  I am very excited that this particular information, since Melani has a heart for ministry, and has actually begun writing articles for a magazine geared towards girls and young unmarried women.

This is what Melani thought about the program in her own words:

“The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School is a very beneficial course for learning how to properly write articles or essays.  Providing a variety of ‘structures’ for an essay, it encourages you to explore on your own what is your best writing technique.  It gives tips on effectively making your essay interesting and easier to understand.  It also explains what types of sentences are best for the beginning and ending of an article, or what will encourage the reader to continue!  I enjoyed how the course challenged you to ‘be your own editor’ so to speak.  It showed common mistakes that are often made in writing, also giving alternatives to make your article or essay better written.  The lessons were easy to understand, and I feel that I have benefited from taking the course.”

As you can tell, we really loved this program!  I’m so thankful that we had a chance to review it as part of the TOS Review Crew.

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NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2 Thoughts on “The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, 2nd Edition Review (TOS Crew Review)

  1. Hi, Nicole! Thank you for your review of The Power in Your Hands and for including Melani’s thoughts about the course. How wonderful that she is already writing for a magazine and ministering to girls her age in this way! She’ll be teaching her own writing class soon. 🙂

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