Grading with a Purple Crayon

Book Summary:

A high school composition program for homeschoolers that takes the guesswork out of teaching writing, this program facilitates measurable progress by individualizing a limited number of goals, prioritizing the most essential writing qualities, and providing a logical, developmentally appropriate order for introducing new objectives and goals that makes grading essays so objective that students can grade their own papers. Grading with a Purple Crayon empowers homeschooling teachers to generate efficient writing assignments, analyze their students’ strengths and weaknesses, address problem issues effectively, and measure real growth in writing ability.

Joy’s Review

Grading with a Purple Crayon: A Developmental Approach to High School Composition for Homeschooling Families is a book for high schoolers learning to refine their writing in preparation for college.  Dena Luchsinger uses an individualized rubric approach to ensure a student progresses by first learning the basics and building on that. Her style of teaching seems to try and take away the negativity of what a student is doing wrong, and instead use what they do know, to reach their writing potential. By creating a rubric for each student they are able to know what is to be expected in each writing assignment. This book is very comprehensive and detailed in how to go about helping your high school student.

Dena Luchsinger is a homeschool mother of three children. She has a Master of Arts degree and also tutors high school and college students in writing. She is also the author of The Reader’s Odyssey: An Individualized Literature Program for Homeschooling Middle and High School Students (Crecer Publications, 2012), Sometimes Smart is Good/A Veces es Bueno Ser Inteligente (Eerdman’s, 2007) and Playing by the Rules:  A Story about Autism (Woodbine House, 2007)

Currently, I do not have a high school age child but Grading with a Purple Crayon will be an invaluable resource when the time comes. I also think this book would be very helpful for a homeschool parent to read through as a refresher in writing before teaching their child at a high school level. In my opinion though it is a book to slowly read through to allow the info to sink in, as trying to read through it cover to cover it could be a bit overwhelming.

  •  Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crecer Publications (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984831326
  • ISBN-13:978-0984831326


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