It is gratifying when your children ask for your help with their homework– Even more still when their passion for a subject is readily apparent. My daughter, Abbigayle, asked if I would critique the first draft of her book report on Lord of the Flies for her Freshman English class. Besides helping me see this classic story in a new light, she has helped reveal something in me that I had forgotten. I am inspired by her blossoming talent.
As your kids mature, you connect with them on new levels. My 15 year-old Abbey is fast becoming a mystery to me (as are most women in life). This precious li’l girl has developed a sharp tongue and a piercing wit. Getting time with her feels about the same as it felt asking a gal in school to go on a date when I was her age. I was overjoyed to hear that she wanted my help.
The pride she takes in her work is unmistakable. She writes with incredible energy. Her sentences convince the reader with a stout vocabulary supported with weighty, well-crafted arguments. I must confess to being somewhat intimidated when I began reading. While she will need to continue honing and practicing her skill for years to come, she has impressed me with her bold approach.
More than her words and sentence structure, she offers a uniquely female perspective on this story of a group of young waylaid boys. By seeing from her point of view, I begin to see Abbey more as a young woman than the child I have watched for 15 years. She is growing and evolving as a person.
Through this process of working with her to refine her rough draft into a finished project, I feel pushed to work on my own personal development. I made sure not to impose any of my style on her paper, rather, only to help her with grammar, syntax and sentence structure. I have used my own writing as a way of expressing the passion my li’l Abbey has ignited in me.
Because I am such a proud dad, I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to show off her work:
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
A book report by Abbigayle
The true enormity of the world is revealed only when circumstances force you to become an adult.
1) For instance, once stranded on the island, the children realized they must establish rules, saying, “seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things” (22). This showed they still were aware of what civilized life looked like. They were trying to mimic the way adults had behaved back at home. Their first reaction to being stranded on this island…
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