Podcast: Faltering Ownership

Faltering Ownership

Today’s podcast features the characteristics of writers between the ages of 11-12. Join us as we look at how you can create the conditions for growth and joy in writing with your kids.


Faltering Ownership is now Building Confidence

A year-long language arts program for 11–12 year olds (age range is approximate).

Building Confidence gives you step by step instructions through developmentally appropriate writing projects. It provides 10 month-long writing projects that combine original writing and skills in mechanics.

Pair Faltering Ownership with Growing Brave Writers. It teaches a parent how to coach a child to self-express their original thoughts in writing.

For a complete writing program, combine the two products above with Arrow (ages 11-12) or the Boomerang (13-14) for the mechanics of writing taught through copywork and dictation, using quality literature.

We’ve made it easy to purchase the whole bundle of these products (at a discount) here.

Ready for more?

Below are links to the complete Stages of Growth in Writing podcast series.

Jot It Down!
Partnership Writing
Faltering Ownership
Transition to Ownership Part 1
Transition to Ownership Part 2
Eavesdropping on the Great Conversation

6 Responses to “Podcast: Faltering Ownership”

  1. erin says:

    hmm, this sounded great but froze at 3:24 for me. i know, it could totally be my problem, but just an fyi in case it’s not…

  2. Julie Bogart says:

    Try loading it first, and then listening to it. We listened all the way through so I know it can be played through. Hope it works for you! You can also download it for free through iTunes and play it in your iTunes player. Maybe that will work better for you.

  3. Angela says:

    For a year now I have considered that my two oldest are in the Partnership Writing stage, no question. I was not concerned, being very aware of the fluidity of the ages and stages; but I was beginning to wonder when, esp. for the older one (13) when we would ever move beyond. However, after listening to this podcast I realize, with a bit of a happy shock, that we are definitely in Faltering Ownership. Your example of what this stage looks like was so helpful! Recently, my children were asked to write about their favorite attraction at a local theme park by an anonymous benefactor who bought them tickets. I was nervous! Anything but writing! However, with some partnering we narrowed down our favorites and came up with some descriptors. My 10 yo son’s favorite ride was the haunted house and the “prince dude” that chased him throughout. He wanted to describe the ghost’s cackle. I suggested “ominously”, thinking that I’d throw some new vocabulary into the lesson. However, when he wrote his final draft he used the word “evilly”, saying, “It just sounded better to me.” I was so proud! As for my daughter, who is 13, she wrote her little description in 15 minutes, by herself, saying that it wasn’t such a bad exercise and that, instead of writing “I sat in the roller coaster car,” she wrote, “I bravely sat in the roller coaster car,” because she reasoned that it told the reader how she was feeling about the ride. YAY!

  4. Julie Bogart says:

    What a great report! Thanks for sharing the details. Helps everyone. 🙂

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