In a Yahoo Group on LTW, I saw this post about the tediousness of the essays for the older more experienced writers and wanted to share it.
It may be apparent that “the first essays can feel very tedious, particularly for older students, but, at this stage especially, simplicity is necessary. Each lesson of LTW teaches one more thing (ANI charts, common topics, similes, etc.); when focusing on each of those skills at a time, the essays will likely be awkward. And that’s ok.
“Andrew Pudewa once retold a story from a film in which a homeschooled boy wrote a paper for his father, and the father tells him to rewrite the paper “half as long”. So, the boy rewrites the paper half as long and gives it to his father, who tells his son to rewrite it half as long again. So, the boy rewrites the paper half as long a second time and gives the paper—now a quarter of its original length—to his father for the third time. His father reads it, says “Well done.” to his son, then orders him to “Throw it away.”
“Why would the father do this? because, as we often forget, the writing process is more important than the writing product. The boy had learned how to condense his writing; what he had condensed mattered very little compared to that learned skill. Likewise, learning the skills of LTW does not produce eloquent, or even complete, essays, at the beginning. Beginning with the skills moves student-writers toward compelling essays, but it does not start there.
“That said, older students may, or may not, be ready to move through the lessons more quickly. Some classes go through all three of the rudimentary lessons in an hour and a half class-time; some, however, take longer than four class-times. It depends.
“If students are itching to move ahead, I have let students write rudimentary essays in-class and taught them the next lesson in the same class-time. Again, it depends, and your judgment is the best guide since you are with your students.”
This post explains that it is the process that needs to be learned more than the writing of essays needs to be learned. I would have to agree because if the process is learned, one can write anything, wherefore, if the process is never learned well, writing will be a thorn in the side!
I am very excited to learn the process along with your students!