Are you struggling to teach your children to write? Wondering how your child will ever learn to write a thesis paper?
The Well-Trained Mind has an awesome method of going using the outline from as a method of learning to write. I floundered my way through the method with my oldest children and discovered something important!
It’s seven easy steps from outlining to writing a thesis paper!
1. Teach outlining using Kingfisher History Encyclopedia to find the topic sentence of each paragraph in the small section you are reading. Be certain to sit down with your child until he or she is comfortable finding the topic sentence of each paragraph.
2. Once your child can find the topic sentence easily, introduce outlining subtopics as well. Then begin outlining minor subtopics until he or she can easily create a 2 or 3 level outline.
Practice at this level for a time and solidify outlining skills. Again, this may time some time of sitting down and walking your child through the steps. Children need a bit of handholding before they become independent!
3. Start having your child write a short report from the outline. Don’t worry about length, a short paragraph is great at the beginning.
Gradually increase the length and number of paragraphs until your child can easily outline and write a short report on any topic. Grab material from science, literature, history, or your child’s favorite topic.
4. It’s time to introduce your student to outlining from multiple sources. Begin adding information from the encyclopedia and other books to the outlines your child creates from Kingfisher History Encyclopedia .
Since the framework of basic outlining is there, this will be a simple skill to add. Again, give your child some time to become comfortable with the new skills. Again, don’t rush to the next step.
5. Now you teach how to write a multiple source report. Your child shouldn’t notice the increased difficulty of the task, since he or she can outline from multiple sources and write a paper from an outline.
6. Add introductions and conclusions to their arsenal. Remind children that just as we say “Hello and Good-bye” in our speech, we need to introduce (say hello) and conclude (say Good-bye) in our writing.
I often pull books off the shelf and show how even nonfiction books begin with an introduction and end with a conclusion. Then we walk through how to add introductions and conclusions to the child’s reports.
7. Finally teach the students the basics of writing a thesis paper once the child is comfortable using introductions and conclusion. Be certain to explain what a thesis statement is and is not.
Teach the students to create their outline beginning with the thesis statement in the introduction, arguments in the body of the paper, and a conclusion which ties everything together.
There you have it, seven easy steps from outlining Kingfisher History Encyclopedia to writing a thesis paper.
However, there is a catch.
Each step takes time, so only as the current step becomes easy. Be patient, take your time, and soon your child will be effortlessly moving from outlining to writing a thesis paper.