Write Your Roots
By the same author as Learn to Write the Novel Way (see description). While both books follow the same basic format and teach the same steps and standards of composition, they do differ somewhat. First of all, while students work towards writing a novel in the other book, this end goal of this one is a biography, a complete book of family stories. This means that not only will students be learning the process of writing, they'll also learn research skills as they conduct research (on-line, at a library, and through interviewing family members) to help write stories. Also, although following the same writing steps, there are different practice activities and examples, allowing for further reinforcement of the skills from the previous book. Like Learn to Write the Novel Way, this book covers one full year of English composition, with thirty separate steps (one to be completed a week). You can use it after completing the first book, or even before. In fact, this one may be a bit easier for younger students as they are working with a series of shorter stories rather than a longer work. Because the author recommends students completing two novels within their middle school and high school years, you could also use this book between two completions of ...the Novel Way. However you decide to use it, it's sure to provide eager or reticent writers with an enjoyable year of writing. Just as with the other one, students work directly in this book learning the principles and completing the exercises, so each child will need their own book. 226 pgs.