Paper Writing Guidelines

Helps and tips for paper writing in the Old Western Culture curriculum

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Paper Writing Introduction

One paper is assigned for each term in Old Western Culture. These essays are intended to reinforce the concepts of the course, and encourage curiosity in the students. Students may use the discussion questions at the end of each lesson in the workbook to find a suitable paper topic, though they are welcome to find their own topic related to the unit or original sources as well. Another good resource is the Roman Roads Curriculum Facebook group, where parents and Roman Roads developers discuss the curriculum and answer each other’s questions.

Further suggestions

Encourage students to not be afraid of writing a “bad” first draft. The only way to get a good final draft is by writing rough drafts which are, well, rough! Aim at first to get your thoughts down on paper, collect the ideas and helpful quotes you found in your research, and then work on organizing the flow of ideas, polishing the sentences, and, finally, checking for spelling and grammar mistakes, as well as any errors in citations.