What is the Write a Book Project?

The Write a Book Project is a one year journey where your child becomes a published author of a six chapter book. Students are led step-by-step through the writing process from character development, to storyboarding, to a completed product.

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Meet the Authors

Your students will enjoy Meet the Authors, Here to Help Learning’s talk show for new and budding authors. Your student will be inspired as they meet and listen to real-life professional Christian authors travel through the writing process. Your student will be learning from the pros!

Featured Authors include:

Bill Myers, author of the McGee and Me, The Wally McDoogle series and more than 120 books! Winner of many Christian publishing awards including the C. S. Lewis Award.

Brock Eastman, author of the Focus on the Family, Quest for Truth series, and Imagination Station books.

Nathan Hoobler, Focus on the Family writer and producer of The Adventures in Odyssey Radio program.

Pat and Sandy Roy, creators and writers of the Jonathan Park radio drama.

Also included are guest appearances from multiple professional editors and the CEO from Harvest House Publishers.

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The Writing Process Zone

Your kids will not want to miss The Writing Process Zone. Join four homeschool kids in Lessons 11-14 who experience a mysterious plane flight that operates solely on the writing process. If they are going to survive the natural disasters that are before them, they must improve their writing skills.

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Earn Your Here to Help Learning Wings

Writing a six chapter book is an amazing accomplishment for a young student. In recognition of your student’s hard work and dedication, consider holding a winging ceremony.

Question: What is a winging ceremony?
Answer: In the tradition of the armed forces, after completing and passing all aviation classes, a student earns the right to wear pilot wings on their uniform. A winging ceremony is where the new pilot receives his/her pilot wings. The commander hands the wings to a family member, who pins the wings onto the recipient’s uniform.

Question: What is a HTHL winging ceremony?
Answer: In the tradition of Here to Help Learning, when a student completes the Write a Book Project , the new author earns the right to wear the HTHL Writing Wings. The principal of your homeschool (usually Dad) or a Co-Op teacher hands the wings to a family member who has helped the student (usually Mom), who pins the wings.

 

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Which “Flight” is the Write a Book Project?

The last flight (Essay Writing-Flight 3) in the Here to Help Learning Writing Program is the Write a Book Project. Visit HTHL’s Store to purchase Essay Writing Flight 3 (Write a Book Project) or sign-up for your online membership.Flight-3-Essay-Writing-Kit

Who should consider doing the Write a Book Project?

The Write a Book project is recommended for students grades 4-8th, who have completed at least one year of HTHL’s Essay Level Writing (Flight 1 or 2) and have a good understanding of multi-paragraph structure. Students who do not have this skill will require a lot more of the teacher’s time in editing and personal one-on-one instruction.

Why should I consider this project for my child?

SHORT ANSWER: The Write-a-Book Project builds writing confidence!

The Write a Book Project is a wonderful rite of passage from elementary writing to advanced writing. Students learn to apply many writing skills to a large writing project. It provides an educational memory that will last a lifetime. Becoming a published author in the early teen years is an excellent way to set a foundation for high school/college writing. Believe in your kids! They can do it!

LONG ANSWER: Why should I consider this project for my child?

That was the question I asked myself. However, I was not asking because I thought of the question, but because Justin, one my co-op students, was asking if the class could write a book the following year. He did a fabulous job casting the vision with his fellow classmates, parents, and me. But questions remained…

Was it worth the time and energy?

Did they have the skills to write a book? After all, they were between 9-12 years of age!

Could an upper elementary school child focus on such a large project?

Would it help them to become better writers?

Would other areas of writing instruction suffer?

Putting aside all parental doubts, the students embarked on a one-year journey to write their own six-chapter book and publish it. At the end of the year, the joy of accomplishment beamed on their faces as they held their published book for the first time. Parents and students all agreed the Write a Book project was a success!

The skills the students learned and the depth at which they learned them were evident:

  • Able to tackle a large writing project
  • Able to organize multiple ideas
  • Able to understand the five elements of a book
  • Able to recognize character development and analyze other works of literature
  • Able to apply many writing and literary techniques

Homeschool students dream big, and I love that! Thank you Justin!

Take the journey! Write a book! (Yes, I know. I broke the rules. I used four exclamation points in a row. But I can assure you, this project is worth the extra exclamation points!)

Here To Help Learning Write-a-Book Project Interviews

 

“Thank you so much for the joy that you brought our son through this opportunity. Today is his birthday and he has just published his first book! Mrs. Mora, you are awesome and amazing. Thanks for bringing such a big smile to his face!”-Jeanne C.