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  • Item #: 059720
    ISBN: 9781613220450
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    The book to have on hand for high school essay writing. This is not just an attempt on my part at a play on words; its the best description of this book. A compilation of two books from a Canadian author that have impacted the authors writing (Janice Campbell, author of the Excellence in Literature series), this book has an abundance of guidance for correct essay (persuasive) and argument construction plus extensive sections on mechanics and usage.

    The author maintains that one of the single most important intellectual skills in an undergraduate education is learning to write an essay that clearly and convincingly presents a point of view. Students entering high school have usually written who (personal/autobiographical) or what (objective/factual) papers. High school is the time to focus on the abstract/universal papers to master the art of the why paper in a logical and compelling way. The first half of this handbook provides a step-by-step guide to arguments taking the student from simple first principles through defining key terms, deductive/inductive arguments, organization and paragraph structure. Multiple examples illustrate the covered skills.

    The second half of the handbook is devoted to usage and style and provides systematic coverage of sentence construction, word usage, punctuation, reference citing (MLA and APA), bibliographies and paper formats.

    Whether using one of the authors literature courses or completing any other high school writing assignment, this book will be useful and put to use. 420 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 051952
    ISBN: 9780615492704
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    Writers often have a larger spoken vocabulary than they do written. They may know the first sound in a word, but are unsure how to spell it out. This quick reference tool is meant to help struggling spellers and writers and is suitable for a broad range of skill levels from grade 4 to adult. The first section has a letter per page in alphabetical order. Words are categorized by how they are used (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) The second section is a word list of commonly misspelled words. Section three is for students to write their own word list to have as reference. There is a reading tool for you, from See-n-Read, in the back of this guide. I like how this book can be personalized by the student. It seems very simple in format and easy for kids to use. 40 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 035148
    ISBN: 9781596951686
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    This is a special encyclopedic edition. It contains 37,000 concise definitions with parts of speech identified, a handy appendix with a weights and measurements chart, 12 world political maps, world statistics, important American history references, the Declaration of Independence, branches of government and forming laws. and weights and measures. Also includes Canadian words & spellings. 531 pp, pb. ~ Ruth

  • 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 #: 009489
    ISBN: 9780439764216
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    Just the spelling, thank you. Beginning writers understand more words than they can spell (for some writers, this will always be the case!). This spelling dictionary contains over 15,000 words without definitions to provide a very usable spell checker in book form. The list is purely alphabetical, meaning that different forms of a word may not even be listed together. The sole purpose is for a child to be able to check the spelling of a word. Words are syllabicated and stressed (di•gres•sion) so this book will be useful for work in these areas as well. In order to help students find a word (since it's sometimes hard to find a word when you don't know how to spell it - like a catch-22), the author gives students a method to follow, basic hints on other possible ways a given sound might begin, a "dozen and one" spelling rules, and a "Misspeller's Dictionary" to use if all else fails. This peculiar dictionary is appended at the end and includes common (it-really-sounds-like-it-starts-this-way) misspellings, along with correctly spelled words. He also includes a "Memory Tricks" section (which is priceless itself), containing 150+ words that are often misspelled, along with a memory aid to help remember their spellings ("Ma, the mat has mathematics written on it"). A nice addition to your child's reference library for all those "Mom, how do you spell...."? times.

  • Item #: 071361
    ISBN: 9781601843456
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  • Item #: 060280
    ISBN: 9780877798552
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  • Item #: 030381
    ISBN: 9780974361628
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    This handy guide is ideal for use by students, teachers, writers, or anyone else who could use a comprehensive reference to help them develop their encoding and decoding (spelling and reading) skills. It contains a simple but complete list of spelling and phonics rules to build your proficiency in these areas. The spelling rules are arranged by topic, including vowel and consonant rules, words with specific endings, plurals, possessives, capitalization, commonly confused word pairs, and many more. The bulk of the phonics rules are organized by individual letter from A to Z. Two appendices contain game suggestions and a thorough list of homophones. This makes a very beneficial resource for any school. 101 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 022466
    ISBN: 9781577682967
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    Need to find words that are similar, alike, equivalent, the same, akin? The best place is in a thesaurus. This one is color-coded, topically indexed, and full of color illustrations - young readers and writers should find this very friendly to use. Each word entry is structured the same way, telling what part of speech the word is, giving the definition for the word, using the word in a sentence, and then giving the synonyms for the word (this will repeat for each different definition of the word). Antonyms are given at the end of each applicable entry. An index of topics helps children find words that are related within a more broad subject, such as everyday life, history and culture, the physical world, the economy, and six others. This resource is well worth owning, having, possessing, retaining... ~ Zach

  • Item #: 019564
    ISBN: 9780769643441
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    Contains synonyms for 7,000+ words and includes a writer's handbook in the back.

  • Item #: 019010
    ISBN: 9781603292627
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    If you've written a research paper for any outside accountability source (i.e. anyone other than your mother), then you've probably run across the term MLA style or form. "MLA style represents a consensus among teachers, scholars, and librarians in the fields of language and literature on the conventions for documenting research, and those conventions will help you organize your research paper coherently" (foreword). In other words, if you're going to be writing research papers at any point now or in the future (i.e. college), MLA style is at least an acceptable form if not the required form for doing so. This official publication of the Modern Language Association will both teach you MLA style and provide help for you at all stages of your research/writing project. Covering all issues of citing/documenting references as well as plagiarism, mechanics and general format, and providing countless examples, this is the book that will take a student from high school writing through college (and beyond). The 7th edition provides access to a web-based component that includes a (searchable) full text document and other complementary materials. 291 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 015623
    ISBN: 9780669471977
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    The Language Programs for these editions contain the Program Guide, Handbook, Skillsbook, and Skillsbook Teacher Edition. The Program Guide is a 3-ring binder containing daily lesson plans, teaching notes, assessment strategies, and blackline masters for student activities and writing assignments. Writing assignments coordinate with the Handbook and are referenced in the daily lesson plans in the Program Guide. The Program Guide also contains reference information, writing evaluation guides, guidance for directing student research, vocabulary building strategies, and more. Skillbooks focus on editing and proofreading, while Daily Language Workouts focus on mechanics, word usage, grammar, and sentence combining and are intended to be quick and fun. Please note that the Daily Language Workout books are NOT included in the Language Program.
  • Item #: 047522
    ISBN: 9780965730037
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    A non-technical book that explains math from counting to calculus. Topics build on one another, providing the reader with a complete overview of mathematics. This book is divided into three sections-- elementary (numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, negative numbers, exponents, pre-algebra), intermediate (solving one algebraic equation, solving a system of equations, word problems, functions, graphing, geometry, measurement of geometric figures, trigonometry), and advanced (logarithms, complex numbers, finding geometry, using algebra, introducing calculus, the derivative, the integral). This is not a text, but a discussion that includes numerous worked examples. For parents, students, or anyone who wants to understand math. Also useful as a comprehensive math reference.

    It does no good to have a text without practice of the concepts. Students read the content found in the main text "Understanding Mathematics," then complete the corresponding section in the solutions (companion) guide. The first half of the guide offers hints, examples, explanations, exercises, and problems for practice. Each chapter's content builds on the previous chapter, and initial problems incorporate the new concept presented in the main text and more challenging problems with multiple concepts by the end of the chapter. The second half of the book gives the solutions for all of the problems in the book. A 20-question chapter summary concludes each chapter. The text along with the solutions guide provide extra practice in specific skill areas, allow students to work ahead of their curriculum for an added challenge, or can be used for a comprehensive review before taking a standardized test. sc. ~ Ahn/Donna

  • Item #: 050490
    ISBN: 9781933339559
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    Delves into the basics of story writing and includes exercises to develop skills in plot, characters, dialogue, point of view, and setting. Poetry is introduced and covered with an emphasis on choosing the right word and overall sound patterns.

  • Item #: 036002
    ISBN: 9781623412197
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    Rarely has a book appealed more to me at first glance. Remaining uncluttered, the concept of "playing with words" is evident in the colorful, graphic font manipulations (lines of type that sway), the cute illustrations, and the lists wonderful, whimsical, but never wayward words. This is a book about choosing the right word when you write. I use the word "appealing" quite a bit, so I thought I would look through the lists in this book and find a new one. I quickly discovered that this little diction worktext did not include "appealing" in any of its lists (or at least not that I could find). That means that I could put it in a "my words" section on one of the list. Would it best go on the Cheerful Clown Fish page or the Exuberant Sea Otter page or perhaps under the Ways to Describe Appearance or the Ways of Speaking list?

    Confused yet? This not-quite-a-vocabulary program, not-quite-a-thesaurus – it's all about discovering just the right word to use when writing. It features structured word lists organized around Character Traits, Ways to Describe, and Ways to Move with a few miscellaneous lists thrown in for good measure. Each list contains nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. Students are encouraged to playfully interact with these lists with the goal of acquiring quality word choices to incorporate into their writing. Using games and family activities to become familiar with the layout and content of the book, students can then use it independently as they endeavor to interject more definitive word selections into their compositions. Interspersed throughout the book are "Quotes to Inspire Your Writing" taken from classic literature as well as biblical quotes designed to underscore whatever topic is the focus of that page's lists.

    The suggested grade levels for this product indicate it should be used by emerging writers – those who need to find exactly the right word – as they practice their writing skills. Such a student might scan the Generous Manatee list looking for "ly" words (abundantly, bounteously, copiously), or strong adjectives (exorbitant, magnanimous, plenteous) or verbs (showered, bestowed) and feel quite empowered by the choices. However, I also think much younger children (upper elementary) could benefit from this book – becoming familiar with the lists, playing around with the words, etc. I can also easily imagine using this book myself as I seek alternatives to my overused word choices.

    At less than 100 pages, one might think this spiral-bound volume by Loranna Schwaeofer published by IEW is a bit pricey. Although it is reproducible for one homeschooling family or classroom, some of the colorful charm will be lost. Also, each student may want to personalize his own well-worn copy. The fact is, I know of nothing else quite like it – an opportunity to build one's vocabulary, a tool for strengthening one's ability to write with style, and a delightful immersion into the world of words. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 020785
    ISBN: 9780794530617
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  • Item #: 000283
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    Create your own long lasting, professional looking book! The IlluStory A+ kit contains non-toxic, washable markers, writing pages, instructions, hints, a story planner, and a postage paid envelope. Write your story, then illustrate it. When you're finished, mail it in (at no additional charge) for completion and production. They'll typeset and bind your book, returning a 7" x 9" hardcover book that even has a place for a dedication. The kit produces an 18 page book, and the author's bio can be placed on the back cover.

    Authors have the choice of either creating their book by hand using the materials in the kit, or producing their book online using the company's website. Working online allows kids to upload photos or scanned images and use digital drawing tools and effects (like speech bubbles, pre-designed backgrounds and more). Designing online also allows them to place more text on each page (there are per-page word limits for hard copy bookmaking). Planning sheets, informational sheets on types of writing and quite a few "story web" graphic organizers flesh out the contents of IlluStory A+ and may be helpful to tie the project in with your current writing curriculum. Next step, the Library of Congress! - Megan

  • Item #: 059675
    ISBN: 9780794531966
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  • Item #: 055087
    ISBN: 9781933339566
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    Builds on Level 1 or can stand alone for a writer with comparable experience. The thirty-six week syllabus covers fiction and poetry in 18 weeks each. The fiction section includes plot, characters, dialogue, point of view, and setting. The poetry section include rhyme, meter, line breaks, sound, and word choice.

  • Item #: 045578
    ISBN: 9780880620260
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    If you're looking for a formula-driven writing program look elsewhere in our catalog. However, if you want a small treatise that assumes writing is an art and presents a natural way to encourage maturing writers to communicate with clarity, look no further. There are three paths to explore - message, sentences, and words; each directly impacted by the bonus fourth section – a short history of how English came to us. Message includes both a planning (nudging an idea "germ" into an outlined topic) and a writing (deftly opening a story thread and proceeding) portion. Sentence construction looks and sounds vaguely like grammar – skillfully using words to transport ideas through linking strategies, comma concerns, and usage quirks. Words gets down to the least element and makes sure their selection maximizes meaning and intensity. One of the main tenets of author Ruth Beechick is that English has come to use through a rambling amalgamation of linguistic elements rather than an orderly acquisition of grammatical precepts and thus discovering an inherently English (language not nationality) manner is the secret (and often missing) ingredient of effective writing. 83 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 018292
    ISBN: 9780965730013
    Retail: $24.95
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    A non-technical book that explains math from counting to calculus. Topics build on one another, providing the reader with a complete overview of mathematics. This book is divided into three sections - elementary (numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percentages, negative numbers, exponents, pre-algebra), intermediate (solving one algebraic equation, solving a system of equations, word problems, functions, graphing, geometry, measurement of geometric figures, trigonometry), and advanced (logarithms, complex numbers, finding geometry, using algebra, introducing calculus, the derivative, the integral). This is not a text, but a discussion that includes numerous worked examples. For parents, students, or anyone who wants to understand math. Also useful as a comprehensive math reference.

    It does no good to have a text without practice of the concepts. Students read the content found in the main text "Understanding Mathematics," then complete the corresponding section in the solutions (companion) guide. The first half of the guide offers hints, examples, explanations, exercises, and problems for practice. Each chapter's content builds on the previous chapter, and initial problems incorporate the new concept presented in the main text and more challenging problems with multiple concepts by the end of the chapter. The second half of the book gives the solutions for all of the problems in the book. A 20-question chapter summary concludes each chapter. The text along with the solutions guide provide extra practice in specific skill areas, allow students to work ahead of their curriculum for an added challenge, or can be used for a comprehensive review before taking a standardized test. Sc.~ Anh / Donna

  • Item #: 012621
    ISBN: 9780877796763
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    Expanded and revised in 2014, this engaging dictionary was intended for elementary-aged students. It features more than 36,000 entries, over 800 illustrations and photographs, cross-references, example sentences, word histories, Greek and Latin word root paragraphs, and a pronunciation guide at the bottom of each page. The nicest feature (I think) is the addition of 1,300 quotes from children's literature, provided to show word use in context. These are printed in blue after selected entries, along with the author's name and the name of the book. A list of signs/symbols, a writer's guide, geographical names, a U.S. Map, a world map, and a list of all children's works cited is included at the end. Supports Common Core State Standards. 824 pgs, hardcover. - Jess

  • Item #: 000277
    ISBN: 9780745920986
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    This simple 40+ page book is written at a middle elementary school level, but it provides useful background information for children and adults alike about how we received God's word in its present form. Full-color illustrations, brief historical time lines, and several activities add to the interest. Short biographical sketches are also provided on people instrumental in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. Everyone will learn something from this gem.

  • Item #: 029959
    ISBN: 9781890947712
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    This quick-reference six-panel foldout categorizes and summarizes the books of the Bible. In journalistic outline style, a synopsis of each book is given in who, what, where, when, and why format, followed by an outline of major events with applicable chapter references, and a key verse. Great for a quick overview or brief refresher.
  • Item #: 029651
    ISBN: 9780486449111
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  • Item #: 028820
    ISBN: 9781440530067
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  • Item #: 026639
    ISBN: 9780060652951
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    In this novel, we follow the writer as he takes a very unusual journey - one that takes him through heaven and hell. He crosses paths and converses with a number of different supernatural beings which lead him to realizations that there are ultimate consequences to everyday behavior. This novel, another of C. S. Lewis's allegorical accomplishments, should inspire some profound meditation upon good and evil.

  • Item #: 026637
    ISBN: 9781564723475
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  • Item #: 026340
    ISBN: 9780838860434
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    It's a spelling dictionary young writers expand upon as they learn new words. The entry for each letter starts off with a list of words and is followed by a number of empty columns (3 pages of columns is the most for any one letter) where students can write other words they want to be able to reference in the future. Columns are also included for listing colors, family, friends, classmates, and pets; and some other lists provided are days of the week, months of the year, contractions, numbers, and ordinals. A Teacher's Guide is also available, which shows teachers or parents how to get the most out of the student book. Detailed teaching suggestions are given, along with ten blackline master activity sheets and a progress tracker to assess the improvement students are making. ~ Zach
  • Item #: 024629
    ISBN: 9780486282022
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