College Prep

Homeschool High School Writing Tip #1: Assign Firm Writing Deadlines

Homeschool Writing Success Strategy Tip # 1: Synthesize Reading skills are essential to perfecting writing skills, but knowing “how to read” is not enough.  To be a true classical scholar, your homeschool high school student needs to learn how to synthesize multiple evidentiary sources. To synthesize sources means to read a broad variety of books, articles, or other media…

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15 College Scholarship Contests Homeschoolers Don’t Want to Miss

Earn College Scholarship Money While Fine-Tuning Communication Skills During the high school years, I periodically assigned a college scholarship essay or speech contest as part of my homeschool writing curriculum.  We didn’t enter that many contests, but both of my kids earned some money for college by placing locally with the VFW Voice of Democracy ($ 30,000 grand…

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Congressional Award: From Transcript to Transformation

Why Your Teen Should Start Now, and Earn the Congressional Award Meredith and I sat engrossed as young Alejandro, animated and agitated, recounted the terrifying night that his family crossed the Mexican border into Texas. “Hurry up, amigo!  Run for your life!  The patrol is coming, and we must make it over the border before they catch…

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High School Challenge: 111 Ways to Find Your Teen’s Calling

How to Be Strategic With Homeschool Planning In Middle & High School My homeschool planning philosophy for the middle and high school students is simple:  (1) expose your kid to a variety of experiences until you find his true passion, then (2) help him find someone who needs his passion.  I call the intersection of his passion…

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Does Your Teen Know These 4 Rules About Internet Research?

Internet Research Can Be Overwhelming Homeschool high school teens in the 21st Century have an enormous wealth of internet data available for research papers, essays, science fair projects, and debate cases. Most likely, your teen is already very familiar with the internet, but does he know how to use it for academic research?  If not, he…

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Did You Know the Apostle Paul Was Trained in Classical Rhetoric?

Was the Apostle Paul Classically Educated? Many 21st Century Christians would be shocked to learn that the Apostle Paul (c. 5-67 AD) was indeed a classical scholar!  Anyone who understands the essential elements of classical rhetoric (5 classical canons, 3 classical appeals, and a variety of stylistic devices) and classical teaching strategies can clearly see…

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How to Organize a Homeschool Speech or Essay

Classical Rhetoric Principle # 2: Arrange Your Evidence Homeschool high school teens who participate in speech and debate have joined famous men in a common heritage.  For the past two millennia, five principles or canons have governed the creation and execution of classical rhetoric; these are simply the 5 steps a classical orator took in preparing…

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For Better Public Speaking Skills, Try These 3 Classical Speeches

Why Homeschoolers Should Try These Three Classical Speeches In the Greco-Roman and medieval world, classical orators gave three kinds of speeches:  political, legal, and ceremonial.  Classical rhetoric identifies them as deliberative oratory, forensic oratory, or epideictic oratory.  Although these are ancient forms of communication, they are timeless speeches in that they’re still practiced effectively today in the…

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Homeschool High School Graduation: How to Win the Race

Why Classical Homeschooling is Like an Auto Race Living in Indianapolis, home of the Indy 500 and the world’s greatest spectacle, I often think that classical homeschooling requires a similar level of tactical strategy, precision adjustments, and extreme endurance as an auto race. Every Memorial Day Weekend for the last 100 years, massive crowds gather…

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Homeschool High School Writing Tip #3: Combine Multiple Sources

Homeschool Writing Success Strategy Tip # 3: Integrate When coming up with a debatable idea for an essay or research paper, your homeschool high school student needs to learn three “must-know” writing strategies.  We’ve already covered how important it is to (1) work backwards to establish hard writing deadlines and (2) eliminate all but three key writing topics…

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How to Write Nonfiction Like a Professional Journalist

Teach Teens to Write Like Pros Your homeschool teen will experience a victorious “turning point” if he applies the principles of excellent nonfiction writing as outlined in Philip Yaffe’s new writing manual, The Gettysburg Approach to Writing & Speaking Like a Professional. 5 Tips for Better Nonfiction Writing Using the brief Gettysburg Address to illustrate…

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High School Writing Tip #2: Apply the 80-20 Rule

Homeschool Writing Success Strategy Tip # 2: Research Developing a debatable thesis statement for the long research paper, is tough work, but before your high school homeschool teen can develop his arguments, he needs to become very good at extensive research and intensive editing. Yesterday, we covered the first strategy for writing success:  establish hard deadlines.  Today…

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