Today, I have the first activity to go with our Texas theme which is homeschool history copywork, a William B. Travis quote.
Copywork is a valuable skill way beyond the elementary years and I have continued copywork for my boys all the way through middle and high school.
Even at the middle and high school years, it’s still important to model writing that stirs the emotions. So copywork is not just for struggling writers.
The value of copywork goes beyond just copying the words, but it is memory work, learning history through sayings from people of the past and comprehending important events from the past.
In other words, if I can tie in memory work, history and language arts to a topic, it makes our unit study more complete and appealing.
For an older kid, copywork shouldn’t take the place of a well-researched essay, but it can be a segue to it. For my boys, copywork can be a brainstorming session and every good writer wants an abundance of brainstorming ideas.
As long as you don’t make copywork babyish, teens normally end up still enjoying it.
Using a cursive font for older kids is another way to have them practice and read cursive.
Today, Tiny read The Travis Letter – “Victory or Death” and then did some easy copywork.
Grab this first activity for our newest homeschool history unit study – The Alamo below.
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