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Discern To Learn

Why Do I Use Sharon Watson's Curricula?

Updated: Mar 2

I'm glad you asked!

First, let me tell you that I am Not an affiliate of hers and I receive no benefit from the sale of her texts. She has, however, given me permission to use her texts, and supplies me with the ones I use free of charge.

With that out of the way, i want to tell you just how amazing these texts are for homeschool language arts!!

Most importantly...

These textbook are complete, challenging, and relevant for upper-level and post-secondary work! I like to teach with purpose and these texts allow me to teach students the skills needed to excel at critical thought, editing, organizing essays, and expressing themselves!

I love that the texts are written directly to the student in language they can understand. They work systematically through skills and continue to build on previous skills and increase expectations. These are simply solid teaching tools that students and parents can use with ease to learn the skills they need!

The writing texts: Jump In and Power in Your Hands prepare students to think critically, organize effective and persuasive arguments, and express their ideas in carefully and creatively crafted ways! They are both Christian Worldview curricula that will sometimes include writing assignments based on the Bible. They align perfectly for Discern to Learn's mission to change the world through logical and critically thinking young people with excellent persuasion skills!

The Writing Fiction in High School Text is an amazing advanced fiction skills textbook that prepares students for fiction writing beyond high school.

The Literature texts in the Illuminating Literature series use challenging books to increase students' reading levels and challenge and stretch comprehension. Written from a Christian Worldview, they challenge students to consider their beliefs and guard their minds with discerning reading. My students look carefully at the background and beliefs of the author to assess bias and to watch for it while reading. Words change thoughts and it is imperative for our students to interact with this world in a way that preserves and supports their personal worldviews, all the while learning the literary analysis skills that will expand their learning and thinking in ways that surprise us all!

Sharon Watson's texts are a great addition to your homeschool.

If you're looking for some more support in using them, Discern to Learn offers a full language arts roster using these texts! MIX AND MATCH YOUR PERFECT LA PLAN! There are 3 terms a year - choose your course for each term: For Grades 5-6: a single term Introduction to Literature and Writing using Their Blood Tingled, and How to Write an Outstanding Report in Gr 5-6 (available with sufficient enrolment) For Grades 6-8: Jump In Writing in Middle School with Literature and success habits! This is a 3-term course but each one stands alone so you can still mix and match if you like! For Grades 9-12: This year (2023-24) I'm offering A World Reframed (since I just finished 2 years of Illuminating Literature!) a year of literature that looks at the world through different eyes paired with Power in Your Hands and of course uses my success habits training methods as well. Fiction Skills: A single term - multi-grade (5-12) fiction skills class for fun and challenging learning in fiction skills as well as success habits. This course starts fresh each term! LEVEL UP Paragraphs: A Single Term to focus on success habits, filling gaps and powerful paragraphs. (No text required) LEVEL UP Essays: A Single Term to focus on success habits, filling gaps, and writing persuasive MLA standard essays.

Questions??? This is one of my favorite topics!! or contact me through my form on pretty much every page of my website! Join The Language Arts Success Community:

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