Monday, October 13, 2014

Write for Life Volume One YaY Karen Lange!!! It's a Mini Blog Tour. *applause* A Review and Questions With Answers, too.

Okay, so. I had the review scheduled for this past Friday. So. I wondered on Saturday why it didn't post. Hmm. It was saved as a draft. WHAT A DOOFUS I AM! I am posting the review today. (Enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post.) 


(Isn't she beautiful?) :-) My review

I loved this wonderful book on writing a research paper. It's written like Karen is sitting across from you with coffee in one hand and dark chocolate in the other having a conversation with you and your teens. That's exactly how I felt as I read it. Karen easily brings the readers through the shaky/creepy haunted path of writing research papers. In other words, she takes the ghastly horror out and makes it more of a blissful, happy dance kind of a time. :-) It's broken down into bite-sized portions from choosing a topic (broad topic, narrowed focus, narrowed further) to writing guidelines and outlines and writing plans. And so much more! This book is not just for homeschoolers either. It's for all teens. Public schooled and private schooled. This is something they have to grasp before college. Be assured, if they read this book they will zoom through writing a research paper. Do you know any teens? Mention this book to them and their parents. They will pat you on the back for it. ;-)  







(Isn't it beautiful?) Drum roll please!

What prompted you to write this book?

Thanks so much for inviting me to stop by! The lessons in Write for Life Volume One are ones I use with my teen homeschool students in an online writing co-op. I’ve long wanted to convert the lessons into book form for use at home or with student groups. These are lessons I wish I’d had when homeschooling my children. They break writing the research paper down into more manageable, less intimidating steps, offering tips, advice, and insight into the entire process.

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

My hope is that readers, students in particular, will come away more confident in their research and writing skills. I believe that with practice and encouragement, every student can write. Certainly not everyone will become a bestselling author, but they can learn to express themselves better through writing. Improving communication skills helps students gain an edge for future pursuits. My philosophy is that everyone has something to share with others, and writing is one way to do that.

Who was Write for Life written for?

The book is designed for group, family, or individual student use.  This includes homeschoolers and public and private school students. It can be used anytime to help students brush up on their research paper writing skills.
Write for Life includes an instructor guide with information and advice on how to help students through the process. While best used with parent or other adult supervision, self-motivated students can work through the lessons themselves. I've had a writer tell me recently that the lessons would also be suitable for anyone wanting to brush up on research skills.

Since Write for Life is more of an educational resource, how do you plan to market it? 

That’s a good question! I am exploring different options as we speak. They include doing articles and guest posts, spots on Blogtalk Radio, and of course, social media. In addition, I may offer some workshops in the future. I will also do another blog tour when Volume Two, Essay Writing, is released.

You mentioned that there is a Volume Two of Write for Life.  What will that include? When will it be released?

Write for Life Volume Two’s topic is Essay Writing. It will follow the same format, offering ready to use lessons for grades 7-12 that will guide students through the essay writing process. The lesson topics include:   
  • Essay basics and structure   
  • Choosing topics and sources
  • Taking good notes
  • Thesis statements and outlines
  • Developing content
  • Revision and editing
  • MLA style source documentation
  • Preparing for the test essay

Three Tips to Use to Encourage Children to Write
By Karen Lange
Teaching children to write can be intimidating, especially if you don’t feel like you are a good writer. Here are some tips you can use to encourage your children to write. Grade school, high school - age doesn’t matter; it’s never too late to develop good writing habits. A seventy-year-young gentleman I know took some writing courses and got published. You’re never too old to learn!
Tip #1 - Read to your children. Make family reading time a priority, if only once a week. It’s a great way to share quality time together. It provides opportunities for discussion. The benefits of exposure to literature are endless. It broadens perspectives and lends to a sense of adventure; this can enhance content when they write.
Tip #2 - Set a good example; let your children see you writing. Even if the only things you write are emails, letters, lesson plans, and grocery lists, you are still writing! It’s important to remember that no matter what we do in life, it is necessary to communicate.
Tip #3 - Find writing projects to do together. Writing activities in a standard curriculum are great, but sometimes they don’t spark a student’s creativity. When it comes to writing, especially for the reluctant writers, fun is the key. Engage children by finding short, interesting activities to start. Try writing a continuing story, silly poetry, or a family newspaper together. For ideas, I recommend If You’re Trying to Teach Kids to Write, You’ve Gotta Have This Book! by Marjorie Frank.
It’s worth a little time and effort now, for strengthening their writing will enhance verbal and other interpersonal skills, preparing children for a lifetime of good communication.



Isn't she awesome? She's super fantastic! She's super de duper. Love my amigo! :-)


Write for Life: Volume One: Writing the Research Paper
This book offers ready to use lessons for grades 7-12 that guide students through the process of writing the research paper. Suitable for homeschool families, co-ops, or other student groups, these eight lessons break down the process from start to finish with helpful instruction, encouragement, and practice.
Lesson topics include: 
  • MLA style research paper basics, topics, and sources
  • Thesis statements
  • Outlines
  • Developing content
  • Rough and final drafts
  • Citing sources

No matter what we do in life, good communication skills are an important ingredient for success.  Strengthening students’ writing enhances verbal and other interpersonal skills and helps prepare them for a lifetime of good communication.
Since 2005, Karen Lange has used these lessons to teach homeschool teens at the Homeschool Online Creative Writing Co-op. She believes that everyone can improve their writing skills with a good balance of instruction, encouragement, and practice.
Purchase Write for Life on Amazon
About the Author
Karen Lange is a homeschool veteran and consultant, freelance writer, editor, and online writing instructor for teens and adults. Her articles appear in parenting, homeschool, and other publications. Homeschool Co-ops 101, her first book, was released in 2013. She and her husband homeschooled their three children for grades K-12 in southern New Jersey. They now live in north central Kentucky where Karen enjoys reading, walking, and playing with her grandson. She is a fan of dark chocolate, hockey, and historical fiction.

Visit Karen
Twitter - @KLELange



Giveaway Information
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44 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Karen. I'm looking forward to following you on your tour.
    Robyn, I'm loving your blog.
    Amyc

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  2. Karen's book sounds awesome. And it sounds helpful for kids in public school too. Good luck marketing it!

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  3. Robyn, you are by far the sweetest amigo a girl could ever have! Thanks so much for your kind review, and for sharing the book info. You are the best! :D Sending big hugs your way!
    xo Karen

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  4. Amy C,
    Thank you! I appreciate your support. :) Isn't Robyn a sweetheart?
    Have a great day,
    Karen

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  5. Natalie,
    Thanks so much! So nice to see you here too! Appreciate your well wishes!
    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  6. No worries, Robyn!
    Setting the example is the best thing you can do for a kid period.
    Looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.

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  7. I agree with you Karen about Robyn being the sweetest amigo ever! And you are so right about setting the example. I saw my parents both read and write all the time while I was growing up.

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  8. Alex,
    Thanks for your support! Working on volume 2 as w speak.
    Happy writing!
    Karen

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  9. Bish, yes, the amigo vote is in. Yay! Robyn is the sweetest! Thanks for stopping over! :)
    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  10. Thanks, Amy! Please stop by anytime! So nice to se you.

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  11. *waves to Natalie* It is so helpful. And the students in public school really need this. It's not like they can have an entire class on writing the research paper.

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  12. Karen, I'm your #1 fan, amigo. Love, love, love you!! I'd climb the highest mountain for you. :-) Huge hugs back to you.

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  13. Alex, I'm looking forward to the other books too. I cannot wait. I am advertising this to the homeschoolers I know. Also, the public schoolers, too. Setting the example is the best thing. Truer words were never spoken.

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  14. Alex, I'm looking forward to the other books too. I cannot wait. I am advertising this to the homeschoolers I know. Also, the public schoolers, too. Setting the example is the best thing. Truer words were never spoken.

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  15. Bish, don't forget you're our amigo now, too. So you're in the sweet club. ;-) If parents don't set the example then who will the kids learn from? Other kids. Which can be a bad thing.

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  16. What a tremendous resource, maybe even for some undergrad students!!

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  17. Oh wow, you're right, Joanna. I hadn't thought about that. Love that you see how terrific it is.

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  18. Joanna, it would be suitable for anyone really, for the process is broken down into manageable steps. They are the kind of steps I need to get through a process like this! So I think you are right. A writer friend told me that she thought writers could use it for research too. Hadn't initially thought of that either. Nice to meet you! Thanks for your support. :)

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  19. Robyn, there are no words. Really. You are such a blessing. Love you bunches back! xo

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  20. Oh Robyn! This sounds great!!!

    Congratulations Karen!!! I have a teen who could really use this information!!!

    Blessings!

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  21. Your teen needs Karen's book. It is so good, Cheryl. Karen is the master at talking to kids. Trust me!

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  22. Cheryl,
    Good to see you! Hope you are doing well. :) Thanks so much!
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  23. Hi Robyn .. I did love Karen's HomeSchool Co-ops 101 so I'm sure this will be very useful ...

    I'm going to contact Karen to see if she can get it put into Amazon UK and perhaps Amazon Aus/NZ ...

    Good luck - cheers Hilary

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  24. Hey Hil! You rock. I forwarded this to Karen. I know she's glad to hear you liked her Homeschool Co-ops 101 so much. Me too. Isn't she the absolute best?

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  25. Hilary,
    Hopefully you will be able to get it soon! Maybe we should start a petition, lol. My publisher says that he's hoping it will be available there soon. Thanks so much, you are so kind!

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  26. Hi, Robyn. Thanks for sharing your review of this book. Sounds like it will be a great help to anyone who has to write a research paper.

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  27. Susanne, thanks for reading! Appreciate your input. :)

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  28. I love the way you described Karen's book. It made me want to start reading it and researching right now. :) Sounds like an excellent resource for teens and parents. :)

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  29. Hey Susanne, it is a huge help. If you hear of anyone who might need it send them to Amazon for Karen's book. I hope all is well!

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  30. Jess, you made me giggle (get to researching *wink*). I just love her book. I see what it can do for teens who know next to nothing about writing research.

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  31. Jess, Robyn has a way with words, doesn't she? So glad you hopped over to see us! :)

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  32. I read Karen's book and will surely return to it since it's so useful.

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  33. Medeia,
    I appreciate your support so much! Thanks for taking the time to write a review!

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  34. GREAT, Medeia. I love this book. She is AMAZING! I will keep it forever.

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  35. 1. Super awesome.

    2. I totally need a copy of this book.

    3. I wonder if it's adaptable to my 4th grader who is just learning essays...

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  36. Hey Crystal! I would think you could adapt it. She is coming out with a book on essay writing, though (which you will also need). YOU NEED THIS!) Our family loves, loves, loves how much they learned with this book. *pinkie promise* :-)

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  37. Crystal,
    I think you could adjust it somewhat for your 4th grader, at least using the general principles if nothing else. The next volume covers essays, and I hope to get that out early next year. Congrats on your book! Thanks for your support! :)

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  38. Congrats Karen!
    I NEED THIS BOOK! It sounds wonderful!!
    I'm in the process of forming a Writing Club for grade 10's & 11's (to start off with...)
    Hey Robyn! *waving*
    Hope you're good pal?!

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  39. Michelle,
    Good to see you! Thanks so much for your support. :) I hope this is helpful for your students!
    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  40. Michelle, I'm fair. *waving madly* Writing every day. YEAH! You MUST buy Karen's book. I promise it's worth EVERY penny. She has a way with teaching this stuff. (Oooo, great word, STUFF.) *wink* Honestly, this book has given me so much confidence that this homeschool will know about research writing.

    Hugs to my beautiful pal.

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  41. This notification didn't come to my email box until today! Congratulations to Karen! What an accomplishment and it sounds like an awesome resource!

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  42. Aw sugar snap! What's up with the email notification? Dang blogger!

    Teresa, it is such a great resource. If you know of any teens who need it send them over to Amazon.

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  43. Teresa, thanks so much for stopping over to see us. Appreciate your kind words! :) Robyn is such a great cheerleader, isn't she?

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