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  • Item #: 054460
    ISBN: 9780936110226
    Retail: $16.00
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    Subtitled "Strategies to Build Writing Skills and Confidence", this book will do just that! Fun writing activities with minimal instruction are designed to provide supplementary creative writing practice, making this a "home-run" for many students, parents, and teachers. The 50 page-length activities utilize familiar topics, and include various steps focused on developing creativity. Here is an example from one of the writing activities called "The Shadow Page". First step: "You wouldn't find a shadow in a completely dark room. Why?" The second step: "Write a Story about a dog that is afraid of its own shadow." The third step contains a picture of a shadow and states, "Here are three hand shadows someone has made on the walls. What do you think they could be?" The final step directs students to "write the first letter of your first name in the box and shadow it. Then use that letter as the beginning of the first word in a sentence that tells something about yourself."

    Single lines are included for writing responses, although notebook paper could be utilized if additional space is needed. Reproducible for the purchaser (one copy /per student/per year), this would make an engaging fun Friday activity to build a student's confidence and ingenuity. and each writing activity contains a teacher page with additional comments, suggested responses (no right or wrong answers here!), and an artistic extension activity. 109 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 011655
    ISBN: 9780980030211
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    "Modeling Writing after Great Works of World Literature Vol. 1." If you're learning to write, why not learn from the best? It's a great concept that's well-implemented in this new writing offering by Jill J. Dixon, B.S. Ed., M.Ed. Focusing on descriptive writing, Jill has chosen some of the best literary passages as models, including excerpts from:

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Describing an Object)

    A Christmas Carol (Describing a Place)

    Robinson Crusoe (Describing a Character)

    Wind in the Willows (Writing a Dialogue)

    "Gift of the Magi" (Writing a Short Story)

    "Ants and the Grasshopper" and "Shepherd's Boy and the Wolf" (Writing a Fable)

    "Paul Revere's Ride (Writing Poetry - Ballad or Narrative)

    Each of these nine units is broken into ten 15-to-45-minute daily lessons - though Jill cautions not to progress too quickly if a child has not mastered a skill. Objectives for each day are asterisked and should be read by the teacher before beginning each unit. Since lessons are addressed directly to the student, the program will require minimal teacher time in actually completing each lesson. You will need to do some preparatory instruction, dictation (once per unit), and check work completed. Each unit begins with an excerpt from a "classic", includes a good amount of grammar (parts of speech) instruction, some mechanics, has the student find another good example of the genre being studied (and doing some comparative / grammatical analysis), and culminates with student writing and proofreading. Every unit also includes a dictation exercise from the included (or another) classic excerpt. The student is then to check his result against the written copy. Units are systematic, instruction is clear, and the whole course is well-organized and ready to pick up and go. Jill has included several helps and references also, in the back of the volume. The first is a sheet on "The Characteristics that Make the Best Writing The Best". This is used as the basis for discussion of supplied and found excerpts. A proofreading checklist is included to encourage and help with self-editing. For the parent is a helpful sheet on grading criteria. My only dispute with this is the point (out of five) given for having a "topic sentence at the beginning and a concluding sentence at the end of each paragraph". Just skimming the excerpts included confirm much "great" writing is not "formula" writing. I agree that a beginning writer may need to start out this way - but it makes for boring writing if you insist each paragraph be structured so. Additional Literary Passages for Modeling Writing are included and listed by genre so that you can continue or reuse these lessons again and again with different literature, if desired. For the teacher and student is a How to Write Guide that takes you through the steps for each type of writing. And, lastly, a key to the parts of speech exercises in included for you. All in all, there is a fair amount of grammar and mechanics instruction included in this volume in the context of writing and proofreading, though the author suggests supplementing with Easy Grammar, Daily Grams, Editor in Chief or Great Editing Adventures if you feel you need more specific or intensive instruction. Other recommended materials are a dictionary and thesaurus for each student. A writing or grammar handbook would also be helpful - especially if your skills are a little rusty. Permission to reproduce is given for the excerpts and the proofreading checklist. These are the only consumable components, and each student will need his own. All in all, this program looks like a well-organized, easy to use, effective writing program that I'm personally eager to try!

  • Item #: 060330
    ISBN: 9781626863934
    Retail: $14.99
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    It’s the other “key American writings” that make this book special. That, and its attractive and nicely satisfying, not-quite-leather, stiff/flexible binding (part of the Word Cloud Classics series). While the Constitution and Declaration show up regularly in publications, these “other” documents are interesting, pivotal in their time, and not so readily available. Alongside “Give me Liberty or Give Me Death!” you’ll find the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, the Homestead Act, Act establishing Yellowstone National Park, and Executive Order 9066 (the relocation of the Japanese), ending with Barack Obama’s announcement of the death of Osama Bin Laden. This is just a whet-your-curiosity sampling of the 57 documents. The familiar word cloud that marks this series is found on the front and back inside covers, in the shape of a flying eagle. 5.25”x 7.75”, 434 pgs, pb (sort of). ~ Janice

  • Item #: 025000
    ISBN: 9781620573655
    Retail: $8.99
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    This fun book holds a variety of prompts to jump-start kids' creativity. Doodling pages hold a shape or line and encourage children to finish the doodle however they like. Drawing pages contain part of a picture and direct children to provide the missing part, like a fun and silly hat for a boy, decorating the bake sale cookies, or drawing their amazing discovery on the leaf. Writing pages range from fill-in-the-blank stories or statements to writing a story to go with a picture. Many pages combine drawing with writing like drawing a car of the future and then writing about all of the special things the car can do. There is fantastic variety to the 60 pages of activities; you should have no trouble finding activities that appeal to any child. Many kids will think this is just fun work, but in fact it is very helpful to get kids from picturing to writing, especially those young learners who have ideas but cannot yet put them into writing. Any child will benefit from and enjoy these prompts, but it could be also be a valuable resource for a non-verbal child or one with language processing difficulty. These would make a good warm-up activity for your daily language arts lesson. 64 pp, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 000607
    ISBN: 9781684270866
    Retail: $35.00
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    So many students get burned out on writing before they've hardly begun, bogged down by complex grammar rules, inflexible formats, and uninteresting assignments. It shouldn't be that way. Writing should be an exciting subject, entered into as an adventure, for there are so many types of writing that every assignment can be enjoyable! This is the way that Gabriel Arquilevich, author of Writing for 100 Days, presents it. Predictably, the book contains 100 lessons, divided into four categories; composition, fiction, poetry, and writing in action. The lessons are short, flexible, and structured for use by the student alone, or for a teacher and student(s). The book kicks off with word usage and a review of punctuation. However, this is only brief review, and though exercises are given, supplemental practice would be helpful to keep those skills fresh. After the basics are reviewed, more punctuation, construction, tone, and style are covered in Composition. Fiction covers character creation, setting, plot, dialogue, and point of view. Poetry covers haiku, limericks, sonnet, free and blank verse, lyrics, and more. Writing in Action (the largest section) contains instruction on writing as part of daily life, such as business and personal letters, interviews, advertisements, reviews, columns, diaries, and greeting cards. The lessons, each covering a major facet of the big topic, are divided into two parts, the lesson and the writing. The introduction is clearly written, includes many examples, and is reader-friendly. Then the fun part - putting into action what you have just learned. The short assignments leave room for lots of creativity.

    We are encouraged, no, told to learn from our mistakes as we write our pieces, and how to recognize familiar pitfalls. Yes, an important step of many of the assignments is to purposely write our piece exhibiting the featured foibles! In a lesson on wordiness, we're told to write a half-page description of an event, adding as much wordiness as possible. In a lesson on fragments and run-on sentences, we have to write a story - a one-page story with one sentence. Or, write a description of an unknown planet, with a catch - use no similes or metaphors. This not only makes errors much more noticeable, but also relays to us the importance of grammatical tools and variety in writing. (Oh, by the way, after you write your piece with the errors, you do go back and fix it.) At the end of each unit, you use all the components you've practiced to write your big composition, fictional story, sestina, and journalistic works.

    For extra fun, several games are featured at the end of the book. Answers to the review questionaire also included. This is truly a "breath of fresh air" for any student, but especially to one who is having a hard time really enjoying the art of writing. 103 pages, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 015545
    ISBN: 9780838826256
    Retail: $12.60
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  • Item #: 015547
    ISBN: 9780838826270
    Retail: $12.60
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  • Item #: 024789
    ISBN: 9780838826294
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  • Item #: 015546
    ISBN: 9780838826263
    Retail: $4.60
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  • Item #: 030676
    ISBN: 9780838826300
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  • Item #: 015548
    ISBN: 9780838826287
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  • Item #: 052495
    Retail: $22.95
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    Never have to remind children to do chores again! Making that promise may not be realistic, but you can communicate your expectations clearly. This clever yellow magnetic chore chart will let children see how they are doing for the week using a star magnet. Across the very top are spaces to write in 4 children's names. Each name has a red, blue, green or purple star by it. Write your chores down the left side. There are 20 magnets with chores (and illustrations for early readers) printed on them to use here also. The days of the week are numbered 1-7 across the top. Place a color-coded star on the chart when kids finish a chore for the day. You get loads of star magnets in the four colors. Some of the chore magnets include: brush my teeth, share my toys, say please and thank you, wash hands, do my homework, and take a bath. As your kids' chores evolve, just write them in with a dry-erase marker (1 included.) Charts like this motivate kids to finish their chores and become more independent. Some children will want more stars than the other kids, or will want to be first to get a star for the day. A sturdy rope lets you hang this 17" h x 14" chart easily; it is lightweight for a magnetic chart. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 004558
    Retail: $2.99
    Rainbow Price: $2.75

    It's a giant notebook paper on a heavy-duty poly chart! These handy charts have a variety of uses. No lamination is required; just simply write on them with dry erase or water-based markers and washable crayons. Each chart measures 13 x 19 inches with one-inch line spacing and has a glossy finish. They can also be displayed nicely in any classroom or home. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 004546
    Retail: $2.99
    Rainbow Price: $2.75

    It's a giant notebook paper on a heavy-duty poly chart! These handy charts have a variety of uses. No lamination is required; just simply write on them with dry erase or water-based markers and washable crayons. Each chart measures 13 x 19 inches with one-inch line spacing and has a glossy finish. They can also be displayed nicely in any classroom or home. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 035997
    ISBN: 9780977986033
    Retail: $0.00
    Rainbow Price: $29.00

    For years, teachers and aspiring writers have asked Lee Roddy (author of "Grizzly Adams," countless short stories, and over 50 novels) to compile a guide from his 20 years of convention seminars. This is that much-anticipated guide. Whether adults use this book to instruct young students or utilize the guidelines to write a best-selling short story or novel of their own, the practical system for writing laid out in this guide will be beneficial. This is not a workbook, and it's not very fancy either, but it lays out a straightforward approach to writing which has been proven to work for the author and many others. It's filled with tips, outlines, suggestions, and rules for writing techniques that will get students to write proper stories and enjoy it as well. The guide begins with a helpful introduction that tells teachers how to use the book and then contains eight lessons on ideas, story building, objectives, obstacles, outcome, characters, plots, and scenes. Goals and the importance of these eight story aspects, outlines, ideas for writing, examples, and so much more are included in each lesson. The end of each lesson also includes a few short-answer questions and a simple writing assignment that will help them use what they have just learned in their own writing. An encouraging conclusion is also included in the guide, with the author giving final tips for making sure your writing is strong and successful. A handy guide presenting a solid method for writing fictional stories. 88 pgs.

  • Item #: 017581
    ISBN: 9780838825624
    Retail: $13.55
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    This handwriting workbook is good for younger students just learning cursive, or for an older child who has never learned. Learn grip and paper placement, then get busy training your hand to make the swooping and looping shapes. Author Diana Hanbury King goes about this very simply at first, then groups lower case letters by commonalities. There is plenty of practice space, but no dotted-half-line like other handwriting courses. There is a slight slant to the right for right handed students. The letters are traditional and not overly fussy. The capital Q looks like a 2. There is tracing and copying, and even writing with your eyes closed! Numbers are included. First you’ll write words, then 3 words, then capital letters, capitalized words and eventually, short sentences. In the back, practice writing names, days of the week, months, dates, abbreviations, greetings and closings for friendly and business letters, holidays, book titles, and finally, some vocabulary words related to the 4 core subject areas. A page or 2 a day for practice will help develop your child’s cursive. The book has a stapled binding and lies nice and flat. 89 pgs, pb, non-reproducible. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 007011
    ISBN: 9781557996046
    Retail: $23.99
    Rainbow Price: $16.95

    So, you'd like your children to write or journal everyday, but you are a little short on topics. Have no fear! n this one, multi-grade book are 300 Quickwrite topics, 209 story starters & titles and 151 reproducible writing forms! All this, PLUS it's organized by month, so you can use seasonally-correct ideas (I just coined that word). For every month, there's a full-page, seasonal picture (which can be copied and colored by your younger children) along with a writing idea, a calendar-formatted page filled with one Quickwrite topic per day, a page full of story starters and Titles, and 10+ reproducible "write on" pages. These latter pages are especially good, with appropriate graphics, lines to write on, and well-conceived ideas. The authors took a lot of time and effort to come up with these, and it shows. This is an excellent resource you will use again and again.

  • Item #: 003786
    ISBN: 9781888344103
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $17.95

    You'll probably begin here if your student is in grades 3-7 and just starting the program.

  • Item #: 024816
    ISBN: 9780545231374
    Retail: $10.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.25

    The goal is to get young students writing, and sometimes they just don't know where to begin. This book provides 20 prompts per month from September through June to help get them started. The topics chosen may include seasons, friends, feelings, animals, food, sports, or something else that may be familiar. The prompts are great for daily journal writing, seatwork, and filling time in a beneficial way as you work with your other students. Two cutely illustrated templates are found in the back of the book if you want something other than ordinary paper for their writing, and this book is reproducible for classroom or family use. This inexpensive resource can help assure that you won't hear those words again, "I don't know what to write." ~ Donna

  • Item #: 017573
    ISBN: 9780838825631
    Retail: $13.55
    Rainbow Price: $10.65

    This handwriting workbook is good for younger students just learning cursive, or for an older child who has never learned. Learn grip and paper placement, then get busy training your hand to make the swooping and looping shapes. Author Diana Hanbury King goes about this very simply at first, then groups lower case letters by commonalities. There is plenty of practice space, but no dotted-half-line like other handwriting courses. There is a slight slant to the left for left handed students. The letters are traditional and not overly fussy. The capital Q looks like a 2. There is tracing and copying, and even writing with your eyes closed! Numbers are included. First you'll write words, then 3 words, then capital letters, capitalized words and eventually, short sentences. In the back, practice writing names, days of the week, months, dates, abbreviations, greetings and closings for friendly and business letters, holidays, book titles, and finally, some vocabulary words related to the 4 core subject areas. A page or 2 a day for practice will help develop your child's cursive. The book has a stapled binding and lies nice and flat. 89 pgs, pb, non-reproducible. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 063987
    ISBN: 9781491459928
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    Steal the Scene: Writing Amazing Drama will help you hone your skills as a playwright. This book defines writing drama as writing plays – it is a story not just to be read, but to be seen and heard. Plays are written in a script format and may be full length or one act. How do you get started – base it on real life and consider your audience. Learn how to heighten the drama (climax) in your writing, offer a resolution to the situation, and leave the audience laughing or crying – inspire emotion. Bring your characters to life by using characteristics of people you know. Dialogue will help your audience get to know your characters, so make your dialogue strong and believable, not trivial or meaningless. Polish your play by reading and revising then perform for your friends. If you’re really serious about being a playwright, perform your play for your community and beyond.

  • Item #: 063986
    ISBN: 9781491459942
    Retail: $8.95
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    Maybe poetry is your passion and you want some new thoughts. You’ll be amazed at the amount of information packed into Catch Your Breath: Writing Poignant Poetry. The first chapter helps you develop habits that will help you be a better poet – embrace words, phrases, and your emotions; read more to write better; don’t lose your ideas, keep an idea journal. Different forms of poetry are then presented – found poem, haiku, acrostic, cinquain, and Fibonacci. Even rhyming poems aren’t all the same – traditional rhymes, near rhymes, and internal rhymes. The language you use affects your final product – sensory words, comparisons, repetition, alliteration, assonance, and consonance. When you can’t think of a thing to write about, go after ideas – look around, use your idea journal, try a different poetic form. The last two chapters of the book will help your poet polish and share their poems. This book would be a great poetry unit, not just a supplement.

  • Item #: 060732
    Retail: $0.00
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    Each workbook hones one skill: focused practice. Use them over the summer or during the school year as you work on your curriculum. Sometimes a student needs just a little more work with a concept before moving forward: no need to back up a grade level or anything big. Twenty-eight pages of guided practice and performance tasks are followed by 4 pages of assessments and an answer key. The activities vary from straight forward fact answers to higher thinking problems to solve. Includes free access to a video with instruction specific to each book. 36 perforated pages, non-reproducible, sc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 054090
    ISBN: 9780970709752
    Retail: $29.95
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    Do you need a way to make writing just a little more palatable? Here's your answer. Play a game! A game with the potential of taking you on an African safari, to Egypt, through a medieval castle, into outer space, or down into the depths of the ocean… The writing process for several different types of expository writing (informative, persuasive, comparison, contrast, and brainstorm) is cleverly disguised as steps on a board game. Just follow the steps and the student can watch his writing assignment grow almost effortlessly. Helped by graphic organizers (webs and Venn diagrams) and outlines (copy masters provided), there's even score sheet masters for evaluating the finished product. (All are printed on cardstock.) Players follow the path on the reversible gameboard drawing cards pertinent to their particular writing assignment. Cards signal which organizer to use or which questions to think about. One of the enjoyable little twists to this approach is the "expert" opinions provided for the student to incorporate into his written work. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 052566
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    While writing may not be enjoyable for many children, there are others who battle writing so strongly that as a parent, you know it is just not "normal". Your child may be very bright and possibly be able to weave a wonderful oral story, but the process of putting spoken words onto paper is so overwhelming that your child resists you and fights you every step of the way. Why do some children dread writing so intensely? The problem may be a writing glitch known as dysgraphia.

    In this DVD, Dianne Craft identifies four natural learning gates and explores the many characteristics of dysgraphia concluding with a simple diagnostic test parents can give their children to assess them for dysgraphia. Some of the traits you may notice if your child has dysgraphia include letter and number reversals, poor spacing with manuscript writing and math problems, copying from the board or a book is difficult and often is completed one letter at a time, words contain mix of upper case and lower case letters, and he may experience difficulties with fine motor skills. Other characteristics of children with a blocked learning gate are expanded upon before Mrs. Craft introduces us to a simple exercise designed to eliminate dysgraphia, which is demonstrated multiple times with children of various ages. While the exercise will be easy to implement at home, she acknowledges it is not an overnight process; in fact, her recommendation is to complete the exercise four days a week for eight weeks for maximum benefit. Included in the DVD are tips to overcome the common roadblocks to successful integration of the "writing eight" exercise. Professionally done, this DVD provides parents the knowledge they need to understand the writing struggles experienced by their bright learners as well as the confidence to assist them in conquering the blocked learning gate. DVD. 127 min. Deanne



  • Item #: 047827
    ISBN: 9780545110020
    Retail: $25.99
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    This book used to be sold as four separate workbooks – Expository Writing, Descriptive Writing, Narrative Writing, and Persuasive Writing. Well, those are now combined into a single volume – creating a book of ready-to-use lessons that will help students strengthen their writing. The book features a step-by-step approach, building skill upon skill. Written to the teacher, the book is laid out in a series of two-page activities: one lesson page to teach from followed by a reproducible, consumable workbook page for students to complete. The four sections of the book focus on developing the skills necessary to enhance that style of writing.

  • Narrative: students are taught how to write narratives about their own experiences, about other people and about literature. This culminates in learning to write a story.
  • Descriptive: teaches the different elements of descriptive writing. Concepts/skills students will learn along the way include: exploring sensory imagery, choosing the best word that works (contrasting, metaphor and simile, personification), and organizing descriptive paragraphs.
  • Expository: this section is broken into four parts – main idea, purpose, audience, and presentation. There are plenty of graphic organizers in this section to help with organizing and using ideas.
  • Persuasive: students will learn the elements of persuasion, analyze the techniques and come to understand the different purposes for persuading. Some types of persuasive writing that are focused on are book reviews, editorials, and persuasive essays (to name just a few).
  • Each of these sections also contains chapters titled "On Your Own" and "Rate Yourself." The first provides activities for students to practice applying their skills in an imaginative way, and the second is a self-assessment for students. The descriptive, narrative, and persuasive sections each have two composition activities to help students strengthen their writing. There are no answers included, as it is intended that the teacher would have a lot of interaction with each student and their work. – Zach

  • Item #: 047585
    ISBN: 9781429117401
    Retail: $12.95
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    This step-by-step method of teaching writing skills will fit into any reading and language arts program. These reproducible workbooks challenge students to organize their thoughts in descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and mostly expository writings by using the four-square method. This method instructs students to write their main thought above a four-square box. Students then proceed to fill in the box, putting primary thoughts in three of the squares and a conclusion in the last. Each book in this series is broken down into five sections. In section one, students become familiar with the foursquare method by looking at examples and filling out some straight-forward squares. Students are primarily taught how to use this method in expository writing, so in section two, the book gives instructions on how to use the method for other styles of writing. In section three, the book provides samples of the method and essays that come from the samples. The essays can be used as models for students, and instructors could also use this section for reference. Section four supplies hints for applying the four-square method to other subject areas, as well as to a longer research or term paper. The last section in each book provides prompts to help students get started after they have learned the entire method. Overall, these books provide useful instruction to students who are visual learners and also to students who just need help organizing and focusing their writing. This unique approach to teaching basic writing skills will help students understand their writing and how to structure it better. The books with CDs are revised and updated versions that include an enhanced CD of printable PDFs of additional material – examples, activities, and writing exercises. The book for Early Learners focuses on introducing and explaining the method and simply illustrating its use through drawing and dictation. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 033742
    ISBN: 9781938298370
    Retail: $6.95
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      Sometimes, students just need to realize they can write. Each of this journal’s writing prompts provides a positive-themed writing statement that starts with “I can write….” Students who have had either negative or positive writing experiences will be encouraged as they write about a hero, a dream, the hardest thing they’ve ever done, or a favorite food, for example. Pages contain 1/2” lines, and the double-page spreads provide plenty of writing space. 64 pp, sc. 7x9” ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 022613
    ISBN: 9781596472761
    Retail: $16.95
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    Rather than being just another schoolbook, this handbook has a different feel to it. By this, I mean that instead of the pages seeming like assignments, the book is written for students who want to learn how to write - as though they picked up this book themselves because they were interested and are doing it on their own time because they enjoy creative writing. I find it very fresh and appealing. The authors believe that mastering a narrative first will lead to better short stories and poetry and help them to flow more naturally, so the first part of the book focuses on writing a narrative. This is broken up into 3 different chapters, offering students practice in beginning a narrative, developing a narrative, and lastly perfecting a narrative. Each of these chapters follows the same basic steps - pre-writing, exploring, and brainstorming; composing and creating a draft; and finally revising, using sensory and vivid words, working with combining sentences, transitions, beginnings and ends, peer editing (you can do this yourself if there aren't any other students to assist), writing the final draft and then proofreading again. The chapters on short stories and poems follow this same format. For the short story, you'll also work on characterization and the structure specific to a short story. In the poetry chapter, you'll practice with imagery, structure, rhythm, figurative language, ideas, poetic springboards, and other relevant elements of poetry. Throughout all of the chapters, examples from professional and student writers are given for students to analyze and understand what it is about them that is so effective and successful. (This includes excerpts from books by John Steinbeck (The Long Valley) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird). Students are also given plenty of opportunities throughout the book for their own writing practice. After reading the example, they are encouraged to try their hand at capturing an audience with a great opener, vivid descriptions, smooth transitions, or whatever skill they are working with. They are also encouraged to keep a writing journal for daily use, and ideas for topics are given to help them get started. The very last chapter in this handbook provides ten guidelines for good writing and additional practice with sentence combining. This handbook could be a very beneficial, enjoyable tool for anyone who is interested in creative writing as a craft. - Melissa

  • Item #: 016149
    ISBN: 9781550354270
    Retail: $12.99
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    Most of the book is written to the student. There are five main instructional units. The first section describes what an essay is and how to recognize an essay and its different parts. The second section covers prewriting techniques like brainstorming, research, selection of arguments, and outlining. The third section shows the steps to write a first draft. Aspects such as the thesis paragraph, transitions, paragraphs in the body, the concluding paragraph, using quotes in an essay, and footnotes and bibliography are described. The fourth section is the largest and covers editing and revising. They instruct students on how to develop and improve style and make sure the mechanics are correct. Diction, tone, sentence variety, and syntax are just a few of the subjects covered. The final section shows the student how to write the final draft. A sample essay is included, as are charts to show diagramming of certain writing techniques. There are a few reproducible worksheets and activities included in the book but, overall, it is mostly informational text, describing the writing process for the essay.