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Write! Write! Write!. Ready–to–Use Writing Process Activities for Grades 4–8

  • ID: 2211000
  • Book
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Here are over 265 reproducible writing process activities that make writing fun for students in grades 4–8. Designed for minimal teacher input, activities are complete with directions written at the level of student understanding to help them master the writing process pre–writing activities, including brainstorming alone or in groups, speedy writing of a first draft, revisions, and the final copy.

Organized into the following eight sections according to types of writing and level of difficulty, these ready–to–use lessons and activities are printed in a big 8–1/4" x 11" format that opens flat for copying:

PLAYING WITH LANGUAGE: 29 activities like Invasion of the Letter Snatchers and Batting Champ guide students into the fun of writing through words, phrases & sentences.

PARAGRAPH WRITING: 33 activities, including Outrageous Description and Captain Hook, offer experience in creating paragraphs, using the steps of the writing process.

SIMPLE ESSAYS: My Hero and 21st Century Inventions and 40 other activity pages give instruction and practice in composing simple essays.

MORE COMPLEX ESSAYS: 42 activities provide more advanced essay subjects and construction, including some business and technical subjects such as Making Better Schools and Music! Music! Music!

PERSONAL LETTERS: 30 activities such as A Buddy in Space and News from Home help students enjoy writing simple personal letters.

BUSINESS LETTERS: Job applications, letters of complaint, and other activities, 34 in all, such as Radio Station Rock 106 and Summer Cash, give students practice in writing business letters.

CREATIVE WRITING: 31 activities with titles like What s Happening? and Irresistible Beginnings provide instruction and practice in writing descriptions, dialogue, characterization, and plots for stories.

VARIETY PACK: The final 31 activity pages present a variety of writing activities including journals (Who Am I?), journalism (Chasing the News), poetry (Flower Power), and more.

In short, you ll find this innovative resource provides a wealth of stimulating activities to give your students the directed practice they need to learn to write clearly and competently and in a form all ready to copy as many times as you need them for use with individual students, small groups or an entire class!

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Preface ix

About This Resource xi

Unit One: Playing With Language 1

Examples: "The Timid Turtle (Fill–In Story)," "Contrary Mary," "Icky Squirmy," "Additional Alliteration," "Creating Critters".

Unit Two: Paragraph Writing 33

Examples: "Scrambled Paragraphs," "Captain Hook," "Paragraph Seeds," "Stop That Chop," "Too, Too Much".

Unit Three: Simple Essays 71

Examples: "I Didn′t Know That Was There!" "One Hour in a Supermarket," "A Look at Me, Ten Years From Now".

Unit Four: More Complex Essays 115

Examples: "Great Friends," "Who Collects Stamps?" "The Amazing Man From Milwaukee," "A Perfect World".

Unit Five: Simple Letters 161

Examples: "Friends Across the Miles," "Guess What I′m Doing," "Dear Owner," "Dear Twentieth–Century Folks".

Unit Six: Business Letters 193

Examples: "You′ve Got a Complaint!" "I Can Help," "Dear Box Number," "Team Business Manager," "Summer Cash".

Unit Seven: Creative Writing 237

Examples: "Building Blocks," "Feeling Fine," "Say What?" "Irresistible Beginnings," "A Day in the Life of the Sillies"

Unit Eight: Variety Pack 275

Examples: "Rhyme Time," "Feeling Happy/Feeling Sad," "Chasing the News," "Classroom Flash," "An Interview With Who?"

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Carol H. Behrman has taught writing to students in grades 5–8 for more than 20 years.  Author of numerous nonfiction books for children and young adults, she has conducted workshops on the writing process for students and teachers.  In addition, Ms. Behrman is the author of three other resources on the writing process published by The Center,Hooked On Writing! (1990)Writing Activities for Every Month of the School Year (1997) andWriting Skills Problem Solver (1999).
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