One of the things I require Gabriel to do is write a paragraph three days a week, and an essay once a week. Really, his writing needs a lot of work. However, the exercise is more about getting comfortable with writing, than it is about mechanics. His paragraphs can either be copied from his reading, or composed. I am way behind on grading, and just sat down to grade his past work. This was the second paragraph I came across.
I hate "How to Read a Book." It tells me things that I already know. Take that chapter on careful reading. I learned that 5 years ago. Also, I already know that the most important part of a book can be in a single sentence and not a paragraph. It acts like I'm less comprehensive than I am. That book just drives me crazy."
I may have to analyze whether "How to Read a Book" is a necessary part of his homeschooling.