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Writing that involves emotions and opinions - how to help?

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streakybacon Mon 07-Sep-09 11:33:36

DS is nearly 11 with AS, and has been home educated since last October.

He's very bright and knowledgeable but has always struggled with output. He isn't comfortable with handwriting (though that's improving since he's been HE'd) but I'm struggling to get anything from him where personal opinion is concerned. For example, questions like "Choose a Tudor monarch and say why you like them" - he just doesn't seem able to express any thought on such things. Also, "Think of six questions you would ask X" leaves him cold - he's quite content with how much he's found out and has no interest in asking for more, so doesn't see the point in asking.

Subjects such as maths and science are far easier for him, I think it's because the answers are definite, either right or wrong, but with literacy etc there's margin for personal opinion and flexibility. He can't cope with that, and is afraid of getting it wrong.

In my day comprehension was much more straightforward - you read the question and scanned the text for the answer - but nowadays there always seems to be an emotional slant to the question, eg "Why do you think such-and-such happened?", or "How would you feel if...", which is not very AS friendly.

Does anyone (SENCos especially!) have any tips for developing his ability to answer questions like this and getting something on to paper?

For the record, he had the same problems in school but they were skirted around and never addressed, he never had classroom support and pretty much muddled through (which is partly why we're home edding now).

All views gratefully received grin.

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