Course descriptions are a 5th grade writing assignment. It's true! We taught our 5th graders to write a descriptive paragraph, and we can learn how to do it too. And, bonus! You can earn scholarships just for writing course descriptions. Find out how in my article, How Homeschoolers Earn Scholarships
All you have to do is write a simple descriptive paragraph. You do that the exact same way we teach our children how to write a descriptive paragraph. Start by using a writing prompt, and then you can be more creative later, as you become more comfortable.
Let me give you THREE WRITING PROMPTS you can use to describe what you did in your course description
1. "In this class the student will….."
This prompt gives you the tone and person of your writing style, so you don't get stuck on past, present, future or pluperfect tense.
2. "The student will study ____ with _____"
This prompt will help helps you focus on what you are writing and why with a fill in the blank style prompt. "The study will study Algebra with Saxon Algebra 1 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt."
3. "Topics include… "
This prompt will help you use the table of content to construct a major portion of your course descriptions. "Topics include..." and then you can list things from the table of contents from your textbooks books or online curriculum descriptions.
These writing prompts will get you started. You may want to begin with the EASIEST course descriptions. I suggest you start with a class where you actually use a textbook, maybe math. Then you can combine all the descriptions together.
"In this class, the student will study the concepts of Algebra 1 using Saxon Algebra 1 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Topics include…" then grab all those freakish words from the table of contents.
See, writing course descriptions isn't hard! You can do this, and you SHOULD do this! Still not convinced that you can do it? My online program, Comprehensive Records Solution, will lead you through writing course descriptions step by step. All of the resources you'll need in one place! Now, THAT is easy!
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When homeschoolers take classes outside the home, or use a tutor, the transcript can seem a little complicated. You can make it easily understandable by simply using acronyms for outside classes.