Sharon Watson

Lesson Designer

Sharon Watson enjoys giving students the skills they need to develop into competent communicators through writing. Whether the students are reluctant or eager, she knows how to engage their interest and move them to the next level in her local classes and workshops and in her curricula found on Jump In, her popular middle school writing course published by Apologia Press, is one of Cathy Duffy’s 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. Sharon and her husband Terry homeschooled for 18 years and now have three adult children and two delightful granddaughters. The Watsons live in northern Indiana, where Sharon loves to watch her husband coach and play in the church softball league. note: External links may be automatically included within third party websites; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by nor by the lesson designer of any products, services, or opinions of the corporation, organization, or individual. Parents may wish to preview all links because third-party websites include ads that may change over time.

Courses by Sharon

Writing: Compare/Contrast is a 10-week mini-course that will help your student learn the fine art of comparing and contrasting in what they write. This will be of great value to any student who writes essays and reports between now and when the student graduates from college and/or heads into the workforce. The course is best followed in sequential order as it begins with sentences and works forward to paragraphs, fiction, and beyond, with written instruction, humor, and writing assignments.

Daily Writing: Every weekday, Sharon Watson gives your student writing prompts to encourage their creativity, thinking skills, and writing skills. These prompts can make your student think in very different terms from what they commonly use and stretch their imagination, even when writing about normal everyday things. Learning to think “outside the box” can help students become better communicators, both through the written word and in person, which are invaluable skills in today’s world.

Writing: Advertising Copy: This short three-week course helps students incorporate the methods used in advertising in their own writing and helps them identify those methods when they see them in advertising they read. This course touches on some of the emotions that advertising appeals to and how understanding the way that is done can help your student in their own writing. Every writer can benefit and improve their communication skills by learning how to use the tools employed in writing advertising, even if the writer is not trying to sell a product.

Writing: The College Admission Essay is a two-week mini-course designed to help the high school student gain an understanding of what college admissions counselors look for in an essay, help the student answer questions that show the college who they are, share critical “do” and “don’t” lists, and help the student gain confidence and reduce the stress associated with submitting the college admission essay.