Roy Speed is a homeschooling dad with a passion for writing and literature and, in particular, for Shakespeare. For thirty years he has worked with large organizations as an expert on writing, and he is a sometime lecturer on business writing at The Wharton School. One of his many writing programs has been translated into 17 languages and has become required training for more than a quarter-million employees. For homeschoolers Roy now teaches online, honors-level courses in literature and writing. He is also the author of The Writer’s Guide to Grammar and, with his wife, the co-founder of HS College-Bound.
Literature and Our Teens: Social & Aesthetic Nourishment for Homeschooled Students
Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay: Five Things About Writing Most Students are Never Taught
Most students today are asked to write essays before they’ve actually read any. Worse, they’re taught writing in highly artificial forms, like the five-paragraph essay — a kind of writing no one in the real world ever has to produce. Thishomeschooling dad has worked for thirty years as a writing consultant, and here he shares his practical perspective both on our students’ real needs and on the classroom methods traditionally used to teach writing. He also shows parents five writing practices that our students need to master but are seldom taught.