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Language Arts for Homeschoolers
Writing Resources

How-To Books on Writing
(for both teachers and students)

by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright, 2006

Be a Writer and Be a Better Writer by Steve Peha and Margot
Carmichael Lester -- sensible, conversational advice, includes a free
sample download, daily writing tips, helpful for motivating reluctant
writers, see the
Homeschool Diner Reviews for details on this book

Image Grammar by Harry R. Noden -- "... a writer is much like an artist
who "paints" images, using grammatical structures as tools...", for writers
who are ready to move beyond basic writing courses that focus on noun-
verb agreement, run-ons, fragments, etc., learn to add excitement, focus,
and complexity to your writing, add “Ancient Greek Special Effects”
(rhetorical flourishes), use punctuation and sentence structure for artistic
effect, this book is not designed for independent use, it includes
examples and lesson strategies, but not daily assignments, designed for
classroom use, but adaptable to homeschool, includes a CD with more
resources.  See an online excerpt, entitled
"Harry Nodan's Basic

Any Child Can Write by Harvey S. Wiener -- (preK - 12) for homeschool
use, helps parents encourage their children to write, focuses on
descriptive and creative expression thru word games, sentence crafts,
autobiography, poetry, narration, painting word pictures, letter writing,
and preparing school reports, includes simple exercises and activities,
and helpful ideas but not daily lessons, recommended by Mary Pride

If You’re Trying to Teach Kids How to Write, You’ve Gotta Have
This Book! by Marjorie Frank -- written to help teachers incorporate
more writing opportunities into their classrooms, this book is full of easy,
fun, and clever ideas that foster an appreciation of words and written
expression, aimed at kids who are already reading and writing but many
of the ideas could be adapted for younger kids or even be done orally
with kids who don't write yet, helps put fun back into writing, can be
helpful with reluctant writers, too

If you want a more structured writing program, Frank has also written
writing texts with lesson plans and worksheets --
"Complete Writing
Lessons for the Primary Grades" and "Complete Writing Lessons
for the Middle Grades"

"Craft Lessons: Teaching Writing K - 8" by Ralph Fletcher and
Non-Fiction Craft Writing: Teaching Information Writing K - 8 by
JoAnn Potalupi -- present short lessons that cover a particular aspect of
writing, each lesson suggests the use of a particular book or books to
demonstrate the concept to the children, gives teachers a wealth of
practical strategies to help students grow into strong writers

Writing the Easy Way by Phyllis Dutwin and Harriet Diamond -- often
used as a supplement for writing classes, a practical self-teaching
manual that covers general rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation,
and provides guidelines for writing term papers, essays, business and
personal letters, office memos and reports, can be used by olde students
as a reference or as a refresher course

The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier: How To Solve The
Mysteries Of Weak Writing by Bonnie Trenga -- identifies the seven
writing weaknesses that editors everywhere must fix again and again,
written in a fun solve-the-mystery format

The Curious Researcher by Bruce Ballenger -- a "how-to" for writing
term papers.  Very user-friendly approach, used in college writing
classes, but fine for high schoolers, too
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