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Ready-to-Use Paragraph Writing Activities, Unit 3 (Writing Skills Curriculum Library) Paperback – August 19, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0876284841 ISBN-10: 0876284845 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Center for Applied Research in Education; 1st edition (August 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876284845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876284841
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This resource is one of six units in the Writing Skills Curriculum Library, a practical series that provides over 540 stimulating, ready-to-use activity sheets to help you teach and reinforce writing skills in middle/junior high and senior high school students, grades 6-12.

Each unit in the series focuses on a different area of writing skills and is complete and self-contained, including 90 reproducible activities in a variety if formats, a brief teacher's guide to effective use of the activities, and full answer keys. The activities can be used in any order in any developmental or corrective writing program to meet the specific needs of individual students, small groups, or an entire class.

For quick selection, each unit includes a detailed table of contents listing the major skills/topics covered in that unit followed by the activities for teaching and reinforcing each skill. Here's just an overview of what you'll find each unit:

Unit 1 READY-TO-USE WORD ACTIVITIES provides 90 activity sheets to help students learn the importance of word selection and precision in the writing process. Topics covered include connotation and denotation, roots, prefixes and suffixes, synonyms and antonyms, and expressions that students' awareness of making correct word choices.

Unit 2 READY-TO-USE SENTENCE ACTIVITIES presents 90 activities that involve students in the essentials of sentence construction, subjects and predicates, complements, phrases, clauses, types of sentences, agreement, and mechanics as well as problems of wordiness, transition, ambiguity, and more.

Unit 3 READY-TO-USE PARAGRAPH WRITING ACTIVITIES features 90 stimulating activities that lead students through the steps of writing clear, convincing paragraphs. Topics range from brainstorming techniques and topic sentences to using supporting ideas and introducing, organizing, and concluding the paragraph.

Unit 4 READY-TO-USE PREWRITING & ORGANIZATION ACTIVITIES offers 90 reproducible activities that explore ways of gathering and using information intelligently. Activities cover a wide range of topics such as information sources, categorizing, topic and subtopic summaries, outlines, and term paper ideas and formats.

Unit 5 READY-TO-USE REVISION & PROOFREADING ACTIVITIES presents 90 high-interest activities to guide students through the problem areas of writing including verb tense, word often confused, superfluity, issues of clarity, and proofreading techniques used by professional writers.

Unit 6 READY-TO-USE PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES includes 90 activities that expose students to different types of writing such as literary analysis, stories and sketches, narratives, reviews, letters, journal entries, newspaper articles, character analysis, dialogue writing, essays, and commercials.

Together, the six units in the Writing Skills Curriculum Library give you an unparalleled store of tested, ready-to-use exercises for building skills in all aspects of writing. They will help your students learn the elements of effective writing and enjoy the experience at the same time.

About the Author

Jack Umstatter, a master English teacher with over 25 years' experience, is a multiple winner of the Teacher of the Year award. He currently teaches English in the Cold Spring Harbor School District in New York and educationand literature at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. He is the author of Brain Games!, Hooked on English! and other practical teacher resources published by The Center.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christine on September 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
The 90 activities in this book will stimulate students and help them to become more confident and proficient writers. Within these pages students can review parts of speech, utilize effective brainstorming and proofreading techniques, and become more acquainted with the various types of writings, including the descriptive, persuasive, classification, and definition essays. All of this is done in a creative and useful way. Middle school and high school students are the intended audience. The author effectively reaches both levels. A good buy!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2007
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This book contains 90 activity sheets that aid middle-high school students in fine-tuning their writing skills with particular emphasis on word selection & precision. Some of the covered items include parts of speech, pronoun problems, positive & negative adjectives, language conciseness, connotations, using words effectively etc. The added bonus is that the activities are brief [about a page long each],and fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Neo on September 29, 2010
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As an English teacher I need many resources to help students write better. This book as given me multiple exercises that reinforce my lessons and really drives home the messages. I'm glad I bought it! It's saved me hours of putting together my own notes.
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By kindle customer on November 20, 2013
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I was able to immediately use these items in the book!! I enjoyed them and so far the students are responding to the few we have done so far. I think a great addition to my resources!
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By Kathy on July 12, 2014
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Great for junior high through high, as well as ESL
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