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Writing Skills Activities for Special Children Paperback – December 27, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0787978846 ISBN-10: 0787978841 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (December 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787978841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787978846
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Here's everything you need to help elementary students with special needs develop basic writing skills, relate writing to real-life tasks, and explore writing as a creative, enjoyable event!

Included are 135 step-by-step lessons and 269 illustrated activity sheets, beginning with copying words and completing sentences and processing the writing reports and stories, from filling out necessary forms to taking class notes, writing a letter, and addressing an envelope.

For quick access and easy use, the lessons and activities are organized into four sections and printed in a big 8-1/4" x 11" spiral-bound format that folds flat for photocopying of any activity sheet as many times a required for individual or group use. Each lesson follows a familiar format, including a brief introduction to the purpose and content of the lesson, one or more activity sheets related to the skill, and at least one follow-up activity for reinforcement or review.

Following is just a small sampling of the lessons/activities you'll find in each section:
1. WRITING WORDS. Sentence Starters...Writing by Copying...Dictated Sentences with High Frequency Words...Confusing Words...Personal Words...Writing Common Nouns...Abbreviations and Titles...Changing the Adjective...Finding Omitted Words.

2. WRITING SENTENCES. Identifying a Complete Sentence...Repairing a Run-On Sentence...Writing an Exclamation...Sentences with Quotation Marks...Writing to React...Answering a Question with Appropriate Information...Varying the Beginning Sentence...Combining Short Sentences...Paraphrasing...Editing for Spelling...Editing for Meaning...Rough Draft and Final Copy...The Editing Team.

3. WRITING PARAGRAPHS. Writing a Topic Sentence...Adding Details...Writing a Concluding Sentence...Writing a "How-to" Paragraph...Writing a Narrative Paragraph...Ways to Organize Multiple Paragraphs...Writing a Sequential Report...Writing a Document Using Compare and Contrast.

4. OTHER TYPES OF WRITING ACTIVITIES. Elements of a Story...Character Development...Writing a Book Report...Keeping a Journal...Writing a Current Events Summary...Taking Class Notes...Completing an Assessment Sheet...Making a List...Writing a Thank-you Note...Writing a Song...Writing a Cartoon Strip...Writing a Greeting Card...Writing a Joke or Riddle Book...Writing a Skit or Play.

In the author's words, "The best way to become a good writer is to write. The more you can encourage your students to write, write, write, the easier it will become for them and the more they will truly enjoy being authors. Whether they are scribbling words with a stubby pencil or typing out a thesis on a word processor, students are sharing their thoughts, their ideas, and themselves with their writing." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

DARLENE MANNIX, B.S. Taylor University, M.A. Indiana University, has taught emotionally handicapped and mentally disabled, language disordered, and learning disabled children of all ages. She is an active member of the Council for Exceptional children, and Ms. Mannix is also the author of six other practical resources for special educators.

More About the Author

Darlene Mannix, M.A., has 26 years of experience as a classroom teacher and has taught both general education and special education. She is the best-selling author of numerous books for special educators including Social Skills Activities for Special Children, Life Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs, and Writing Skills Activities for Special Children.

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This is an awesome instructional tool for teachers.
Stephanie S. Baiter
It has helpful, simple, yet thorough instruction to the teacher, and reproducible worksheets for the student.
Only Sometimes Clever
Any Special Education teacher with young children should have this book at hand.
J. Pluta

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. Kjar on October 23, 2007
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I am a special education teacher and this book is awesome! It is huge and has a TON of activities on writing words, sentences, and paragraphs. I got it along with "Let's Write!" by Cynthia M., M.Ed. Stowe, but if I had to choose one it would definitely be this one! This is the best book for a huge variety of writing practice pages that can easily be copied. This book makes writing so much easier for children! Don't think it can only be used for special education either! As a teacher, I have bought a lot of books to help me teach a variety of skills and this is easily in my top favorites!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MMM on January 14, 2009
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Writing Skills Activities for Special Children is an excellent resource for teaching children who need extra focus on individual components of writing. Exercises range in level/focus from sentences, to paragraphs, to various longer composition styles, to other writing-related skills, such as note-taking.

The book is designed as a supplemental resource book for focus on targeted skills, but the lessons are so nice to have that I sometimes wish it was expanded and formatted as a complete curriculum.

I am using this with my special needs child in home school.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Only Sometimes Clever on September 17, 2009
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This book is EXACTLY what we need right now. With my younger son, who is now in 3rd grade and is a bit dyslexic and has some language processing difficulties, we are working our way through the very beginning of the book. Spelling is extremely difficult for him, and though I've been a long-time believer in phonics, the exercises for 100 "little words," which are mostly sight-word spelling and usage, is right up his alley. For my son who is in 5th grade, we're about a quarter of the way through the book. He has an odd mix of strengths and weaknesses, and I'm using the book as a resource to analyze where he's lacking in his writing and basic English skills.

Actually, this book really goes beyond simply writing skills: it covers some grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and other language skills, too -- especially in the earlier lessons.

I am a homeschooling mother; we're in our 8th year homeschooling. Many resources that are written for classroom instruction do not work well in a homeschool setting, but this book is PERFECT. It has helpful, simple, yet thorough instruction to the teacher, and reproducible worksheets for the student.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie S. Baiter on May 29, 2009
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This is an awesome instructional tool for teachers. It breaks down the writing into manageable categories that are easily understood by the students. I will continue to use this in my resource junior high English classes.
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By Nancy Wilson on July 15, 2014
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It's perfect for my students with autism!
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There is just not much to say. Any Special Education teacher with young children should have this book at hand. This is an excellent and dare I say necessary book for teaching anything about writing to Special Children!
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