Writing Strands: Challenging Writing Projects for Homeschoolers, Level 3

This group of assignments in the series called Writing Strands is designed to give homeschooled third level students a grounding in the very complicated process of giving others their thoughts in written form. This level is designed for students who, in public school, would be considered ready for third or even up to seventh grade. Of course, third and seventh grade students would write much differently, but that is not a problem. Both can experience learning the skills presented in this level. It has been designed to be widely applied, for there are many experiences here that most young writers should have. Scope & Sequence: Topics covered in this level are following directions (basic), sentence & paragraph control (basic), rewriting sentences (basic), description (people), description (people's thoughts), organization (activities), organization (objects), description (perspective), story creation (creative), description (organization), description (actions), narrative events (organization), creative (narrative). (Grades 3 to 7.)

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Wordsmith Apprentice

In Wordsmith Apprentice, students pretend to be writers for a small-town local newspaper. This introduces an element of imagination that makes the writing projects fun and interesting while reinforcing all the basics, including sentence review, paragraph writing, reporting, comics, opinion writing, and much more.

118 pages spiral-bound, for grade levels 4 to 6 or ages 9 to 12. Additional suggested resources: a thesaurus and a newspaper.

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Just Write, Book 3

Just Write is a classroom-tested resource that helps students become confident, expressive writers. Students are guided through the writing process from initial idea to final edited and published narrative. Throughout, they are given models to follow and are encouraged to be creative.

Book 3 builds on the skills and features of the earlier books in the Just Write series, while introducing students to the four main types of writing - narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive - providing samples of each, and allowing students to experiment with different forms of each writing style. This book also raises awareness of the author's audience and purpose by posing the question, Why write? Single- and multiparagraph construction is also presented through creative and enjoyable writing activities and reinforced through reading response exercises and editing checklists that guide writers toward making reading-writing connections. Unobtrusive resource materials for review of basic skills are also provided at the back of the book. Grade 4. Softcover, 88 pages.

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Comprehensive Composition

Praised by Cathy Duffy as "one of the most concise yet comprehensive books for teaching the writing process available to home educators." From researching a topic to shaping the final essay, Stout's flexible curriculum helps young writers, grades K to 12, develop and hone their descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and expository writing skills. Helpful teaching tips for each type of composition guide you in evaluating your student's progress. 124 pages, softcover from Design-A-Study.

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99 Ways to Get Kids to Love Writing: And 10 Easy Tips for Teaching Them Grammar

Practical tips and expert advice from an English teacher with more than 25 years of experience! For preschool through high school (and beyond), Leonhardt's invaluable nuggets show you how to teach your children the fundamentals of writing---and make it fun for them. Watch your kids develop into fluent, independent writers! 123 pages, softcover from Random House.

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Getting Kids to Write! A Natural Approach to Creative Writing, Grades 4-8

Want to "hook" your 8- to 14-year-olds on writing? Engage their imagination and they'll pick up the pen---and the habit! Packed with stimulating starter topics, this teacher-designed resource offers sure-fire strategies for composing fiction and nonfiction; writing samples; and over 30 activities that capitalize on kids' natural desire to express themselves. 112 reproducible pages, softcover from Teaching & Learning Company.

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Love to Write!

Sharpen the creative writing skills of your third to sixth graders! Brimming with fun exercises on such topics as metaphors and similes, limericks, haiku, letters, tall tales, and more, this whimsically illustrated activity book stretches your kids' imagination while teaching them the basics of good writing. Extensive teacher's notes give you additional information, literature references, and vocabulary. 138 reproducible pages, softcover from Teaching & Learning Company.

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WRITING A STATE REPORT, GRADE 3-6

Students will use this book to complete a research paper on one of the fifty states. The book begins with materials to aid students in the research phase of report writing. An orientation to the library, the construction of bibliography materials, note cards, and footnotes, as well as the use of reference materials are introduced in this section. The remainder of the book gives the student a step-by-step format for the creation and construction of their individual reports. Also included are ideas for projects to accompany state reports, evaluation of the report experience, and a classroom project sharing activity.

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WRITING A COUNTRY REPORT: GRADES 3-6

Help your students complete a research paper on one of the countries of the world. Materials to aid your students in the research phase of report writing, and a step by step format for the creation and construction of their individual reports. Also included are ideas for projects to accompany country reports, evaluation of the report experience, and a classroom project sharing activity.

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Poetry Writing Handbook: Definitions, Examples, Lessons, Grades 4-6

Teach your kids the power of language and how to use it! This unique handbook helps young wordsmiths flex their creative muscle by shaping words into 36 poetic forms. Complete with guidelines, a definition, an example, and space to compose a poem, each exercise encourages students to examine and polish language, while learning to appreciate the character, flavor, and impact of words. Grades 4 to 6. 112 reproducible pages, softcover from Teaching & Learning Company.

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