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  • Item #: 024789
    ISBN: 9780838826294
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  • Item #: 015547
    ISBN: 9780838826270
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  • Item #: 015545
    ISBN: 9780838826256
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  • Item #: 015548
    ISBN: 9780838826287
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  • Item #: 054460
    ISBN: 9780936110226
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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 #: 015546
    ISBN: 9780838826263
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  • Item #: 030676
    ISBN: 9780838826300
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  • Item #: 005183
    ISBN: 9781888344080
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    Recommended for grades 5+ if continuing in the Writing Strands program, or grades 9-10 if just beginning.

  • Item #: 005184
    ISBN: 9781888344066
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    Recommended with grades 6 and up if continuing in the program, or 11th grade if just beginning.

  • Item #: 005185
    ISBN: 9781888344073
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    Recommended with grades 7 and up if continuing in the program, or 12th grade if just beginning.

  • Item #: 003786
    ISBN: 9781888344103
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    You'll probably begin here if your student is in grades 3-7 and just starting the program.

  • Item #: 005279
    ISBN: 9781596470934
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    Did you know that everyone has poet potential? We just need to tap into the freedom that comes from writing down our thoughts, memories, and feelings. Of course, there are a few things we can do to give shape and structure to our poems. This book is a self-instructional introduction to poetry for an older child or adult, but it could be used well with younger children with adult supervision. It defines 14 poetic elements in easy-to-understand terms. Building step-by-step, this book begins with metaphors and similes, then moves on to skills such as personification, imagery, alliteration, onomatopoeia, repetition, rhyme, meter, tone, synesthesia, and symbolism. Each term has a chapter dedicated to them. The term is clearly defined and then illustrated by many poems (written by the author's former students) which provide ample examples (a little rhyme there). Then the chapter includes worksheets, exercises, and writing suggestions to get those creative juices flowing as your children practice the skills in their own poetry. The author, Shelley Tucker, has clearly written this book in such a way that beginning poets can easily understand and apply the principles to their writing. The exercises and concepts are also relevant to experienced poets who want to improve their poetry. Poetry - taught in a way that unleashes the poet inside! 144 pages, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 025000
    ISBN: 9781620573655
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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: 9780964904200
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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. - Jess

  • Item #: 041076
    ISBN: 9781435461086
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    Preparing a quality research paper requires the "marriage" of both reading and organizational skills. Written as an at-home companion for students, this guide maintains that the best way to improve a student's writing is to strengthen these skills. Breaking the actual task of research writing down into manageable chunks, coverage is thorough and readable (short sections with bullet points) and written directly to the student with a touch of humor and a solid dose of reality. From preparing a workable time schedule to library and internet research to endnotes and parenthetical notes to the nitty-gritty of reworking your paper, the bases are all covered; and then, just for good measure, how to adapt these skills to oral presentations and essay tests. The author (study skills "guru," Roy Fry) has a strong appreciation of the value of internet research and computer skills in general along with good suggestions for mastering them. A quick chapter at the close of the book addresses the special challenges that students with ADD face as they tackle research writing along with some practical tips and suggestions. 130 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 024331
    ISBN: 9780966667752
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    The style and format to this second volume is very similar to the first (not surprisingly). As with the first book, it is not meant to be tied to an age or a grade, so students younger than sixth grade may benefit from this course as well. There are 24 lessons in this book; however, there is not a start-up level, just an intermediate and advanced. You can use the book with multiple students simultaneously or go through the book twice with one student, once at each level. The lessons are split into 6 units, each containing four related lessons. These units target focus, progression, clarity, writing to entertain, writing to inform, and writing to persuade. As with the first book, the lessons are written clearly to the students for independent work, and the course is extremely flexible and easy to work into your particular schedule. A teacher's guide offers additional advice and explanations to help the teacher help their students. - Melissa

  • Item #: 007011
    ISBN: 9781557996046
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    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 #: 035997
    ISBN: 9780977986033
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    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 #: 047827
    ISBN: 9780545110020
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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 #: 049916
    ISBN: 9781623411367
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    Hmmm. I think you would call this series of DVD lectures "in-service training". Don't we need a certain number of credits each year? Oh, wait! I'm getting us homeschoolers confused with the other guys. Nevertheless, these are wonderful lectures. From Andrew Pudewa's description of the four arts of language (yes, just four, not the umpteen that we normally think of) – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – to Andrew Kern's lost tools of writing, these lectures are inspiring; they're insightful; and they're practical. The Christian, classical home educator will find herself recommitted to the development of strong language skills in her children as well as better able to facilitate that development. The three DVD set provides five lectures plus a question and answer period with both Andrews. Lectures: The Four Language Arts, The Five Paths to Great Writing, The Distinctives of Classical Rhetoric, Developing the Essayist, and Assessment. Handouts to the lectures can be downloaded from the IEW website. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 022613
    ISBN: 9781596472761
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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 #: 024816
    ISBN: 9780545231374
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    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 #: 033742
    ISBN: 9781938298370
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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 #: 054090
    ISBN: 9780970709752
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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 #: 016255
    ISBN: 9781883934040
    Retail: $19.99
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    Advice for becoming an effective communicator with the written word might be "Work hard" or it might be "Practice a lot" or it could be "Have fun as you learn new skills and be encouraged as you work at your own pace to put these new skills into practice". Doesn't that last piece of advice make learning how to write sound a lot more attractive than the first two? It can be that way. For some, learning to write just takes longer and requires a little more effort. That is the beauty about writing courses such as this one. The Write Stuff Adventure is extremely flexible; students can begin learning at any time during the school year, and teachers can select any of the units that are best suited for the skill level of the student. Of course, it can work in a more regimented style as well, because it progresses from the simple to the complex over the six sections in the book. This curriculum covers the whole spectrum of writing, beginning with the basics in section one, entitled "Simple Things", and teaching a multitude of writing styles as progress is made through the next five sections. These include: letter writing to relatives, instruction lists, speeches, letters to the editor, essay writing, interviewing, news stories, feature stories, photojournalism, short stories and much, much more. At the beginning, a lot of emphasis is placed on positive encouragement rather than being picky about spelling mistakes and the like. Mastery of spelling and grammar will come; in the early stages, however, writing should be an enjoyable experience, not something to discourage the young writers. The writing assignments do become more difficult as you advance through the six sections, but again, the versatility of this curriculum allows it to be spread over several years. And don't worry about getting discouraged as the teacher, either. The lessons are well laid out, easy to follow and understand, and all have notes for the teacher. Lessons begin with an explanation of the assignment, and often, they include an example to illustrate the assignment. A marvelous course in writing aimed at producing effective communicators in any career field. ~ Zach

  • 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 #: 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.

  • Item #: 012331
    ISBN: 9781600220975
    Retail: $14.99
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    Over 350 creative writing prompts geared towards helping students read, think, and respond. Several writing prompts are included per page, and students can write as much as they wish about a topic or complete an assigned amount of words or pages. Prompts are broken up into eight sections. The All About Me section includes prompts like "Would you rather be a baby, a kid, a teenager, or an adult? Why?" and "If you could add a holiday that everyone in the country would celebrate, what would it be, when would it be, and how would everyone celebrate?" The Family Relationships section has prompts like "What have you learned about cooking from your parents? Do you think you'll be a good cook?" and "Describe a time when you and your siblings worked together." The Friendship section has questions like "How do you make a new friend?" and "If you could have anyone as your best friend, who would you choose and why?" The School section includes prompts like "What do you remember most about being in kindergarten?" and "What is your favorite subject in school and why? Is it the easiest subject for you? What is your least-favorite subject and why?" The Academics section has prompts like "If you could visit another planet, which one would you choose, and what do you think you might see?" and "What is one talent or skill that you have? How can you turn it into a career?" The Character Education and Safety section has prompts like "Some boys and girls choose to be mean to each other. What do you think causes them to be that way?" and "If you and a friend got lost in the woods while hiking, what would you do?" The Points to Ponder/Problem Solving section includes prompts like "If you were the leader of your country, what would you change about your country?" and "Would you rather be a famous movie star or a doctor? Why?" The last section is titled Story/Fiction Narrative and includes prompts like "You have been offered a round trip ride in a time machine and can travel any distance into the past. Where would you want to go? Describe the trip." Whether you work through the book and use all the prompts or just select the ones that appeal to you, this book is very useful at finding simple writing topics. Reproducible, 80 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 004680
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    30 lined sheets each with a different theme: quilt squares, transportation, dogs, winter, stars, frogs & dragonflies, giraffe, western, patriotic, and other fun themes.

  • 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