Teaching language arts for teens, who don’t like language arts can feel a lot like paddling upstream . . . without a paddle. Fortunately, there are answers – whether your
child young adult enjoys writing and language arts, or not, there are options available. My oldest son is a computer coding, game developing, technical hacker specialist. He has about as much interest in studying language arts, as I do in calculus – that would be zero y’all.
Language Arts for Teens Who Don’t Like Language Arts
When our new curriculum came from Sharon Watson, the FIRST thing out of his mouth was, “WHY, exactly do I need this?” The second thing was, “Well, that book looks pretty good, can I go ahead and read that one?” We sat down together and read the introduction. It was absolutely the best follow up to his negative response as it began by explaining WHY taking courses on language arts matters, beside the fact that it’s required for graduation.
Now, don’t get me wrong, my son does a lot of reading. He is a reader from way back. He enjoys keeping up to date on politics, current events and many other topics. It makes sense to him that these things matter, so he was pleasantly surprised to find that Sharon Watson’s curriculum began with a discussion as to why the material mattered.
Although homeschooling teens may have its challenges, it also provides incredible opportunities for discussions with your teen. We’re thrilled to find that the books chosen for this particular curriculum, Illuminating Literature: When World Collide, were ones that will spark interesting discussion. As a parent, it gives me the opportunity to not only share my opinion, but to really listen as he forms his own.
Agree to Disagree
As a matter of fact, one of the things that really grabbed our attention was this quote about the chosen books, “Enjoy them, and find pleasure in them, pick them apart, find the flaws in thinking and worldview, ponder changing a passage or an ending, learn from them, copy out favorite passages and try to imitate them, and love or hate the characters.” Agree to disagree.
Seriously, right off the bat, my teen was given permission to argue his point of view. Teenager, Sold. He’s in. I’m relieved not to have to cajole, stomp my foot, or shake my finger to get him to work. Mom, Sold. I’m in.
Working the Assignments
Currently, he is well on his way into this semester’s language arts, and is enjoying it so much more than he initially thought. Fortunately, he is able to work on his own. I simply check in weekly to see how it is going, find out what he’s learned, and throw in a thought or two.
He is able to go through the instructions, do the assignment, answer questions and complete the work on his own. You can find all the details about the curriculum, text, teacher’s manual, quiz book and more – right here.
Conclusion – Language Arts for Teens
We both really like the vocabulary. The relaxed and casual manner in which this often “too serious” subject matter is approached. One of my main focuses in homeschooling my children has been to help them learn to form their own opinions. I love the way this curriculum reinforces the idea that we are free to disagree, to ponder, and to adjust as we explore and learn.
This literature program is perfect language arts for teens, and for my analytical minded teen. He is pleasantly surprised.
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