100 Ways to Improve Your Composition and Creative Writing

100 Ways to Improve Your Composition and Creative Writing

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ISBN: 9781684271092
Grades: 8-12

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Writing should be an exciting subject, entered into as an adventure. There are so many types of writing that every assignment could be enjoyable! Writing for 100 Days by Gabriel Arquilevich, is well-known for its ability to draw a student into writing. Now updated to 100 Ways to Improve Your Composition and Creative Writing all the same engaging and user-friendly elements have been preserved. So many students get burned out on writing before they've hardly begun, bogged down by complex grammar rules, inflexible formats, and uninteresting assignments. It shouldn't be that way.

Predictably, the book contains 100 lessons, divided into four categories; composition, fiction, poetry, and writing in action. The lessons are short, flexible, and structured for use by the student alone, or for a teacher and student(s). The book kicks off with word usage and a review of punctuation. However, this is only brief review, and though exercises are given, supplemental practice would be helpful to keep those skills fresh. After the basics are reviewed; writing process, punctuation, construction, tone, and style are covered in Composition. Fiction covers character creation, setting, plot, dialogue, and point of view. Poetry covers haiku, limericks, sonnet, free and blank verse, song lyrics, and more. Writing in Action (the largest section) contains instruction on writing as part of daily life, such as business and personal letters, interviews, advertisements, reviews, columns, diaries, and greeting cards. The lessons, each covering a major facet of the big topic, are divided into two parts, the lesson and the writing.

Brief instruction is included with each assignment and is clearly written and reader-friendly; including many examples. But, the fun part is putting into action what you have just learned. The short assignments leave room for lots of creativity. Sometimes short assignments are parts of a larger composition and lead into a longer assignment or series of longer assignments such as when the student is working on a short story. Beware! The teacher/parent will be a lot happier if they are comfortable correcting grammar usage and mechanics as no answer key is included.

This course is truly a "breath of fresh air" for any student, but especially to one who is having a hard time really enjoying the art of writing. 116 pages, pb. - Jess

Publisher Description:

Junior high and high school students will delight in this friendly, day-by-day guide to writing. From the intricacy of sentence structure to the complexity of the essays, this book is a comprehensive, engaging introduction to writing. Compostition-- A step beyond the rudimentary rules of usage and punctuation, these forty-eight days focus on word choice, sentence structure, style, and more. A variety of related (and original!) exercises and writing activities help bring learning into application. Included is a look at dashes, parentheses, colons, and semicolons. Fiction-- Beginning with character development, students lay the groundwork for a story in eighteen days. Studies of dialogue and point of view are provided. Poetry-- In these eight days, students practice a variety of forms, from the sonnet to song lyrics. Also included is a look at line break and imagery. Writing in Action-- These twenty-six days introduce the student to a variety of nonfiction forms, including letter writing, speech writing, technical writing, journalism and advertising. This section also includes some unusual assignments and some word games. In short,100 Ways to Improve Your Composition and Creative Writing is a valuable resource, offering a refreshing alternative to the standard textbook.

Category Description for Other Writing Programs:

These materials contain both instruction and writing assignments but are not as broad in scope (types of writing) as the comprehensive programs.

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Gabriel Arquilevich
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Required by Oak Meadow curriculum.
Jenny on Aug 19, 2021
It is part of the homeschool curriculum my kids are using.
Tabytha B on May 18, 2021
Required by Oak Meadow curriculum.
Jenny on Aug 19, 2021
It is needed for a curriculum we are using this year.
Ericka T on Aug 16, 2021
It is part of the homeschool curriculum my kids are using.
Tabytha B on May 18, 2021
Required for Oak Meadow English 8 class
Karen T on Sep 25, 2020
We needed a writing program and this particular one received good reviews, so I thought I would give it a try.
Amy F on Aug 20, 2019
We have worked extensively on essay and research paper writing for several years, and we are ready for something different this year. I am enthusiastic about all of the practical writing that is covered in this volume. Not that essays and research papers aren't important, but I've written far more letters (formal and informal) than papers since graduating from college!
Rebekah P on Jul 22, 2019
Was in Cathy Duffy's 100 Top Picks and my daughter wanted it.
Scott R on Sep 7, 2018
highly recommended by fellow homeschoolers
Rachel M on Jul 23, 2018
Will be used along with my son's 8th grade curriculum.
James C on Aug 8, 2017
Looking for good ways to integrate writing without it being such a chore.
Sharon G on Jul 9, 2017
I needed this book for a high school composition course.
Rachel F on Jun 30, 2017
I am hoping this will be a good change in my kid's writing curriculum so that she can learn to enjoy writing at least a little bit.
Kylee on May 25, 2017
A tutor used this with me in high school 11 years ago. I am now an English teacher and I purchased this book to use with my students. 11 years later, this book still has had a impact on the way I look at grammar and creative writing instruction! Amazing book!
Denise S on May 1, 2017
Needed for class
Sharnette P on Jan 19, 2017
My son loves this format. It guides him along different forms of writing while giving him say in what he writes about. It also gives some reinforcement of grammar concepts. I just bought a second copy for myself!
Susan A on Jan 10, 2017
required book for our Oadmeadow English curriculum
Heidi J on Aug 16, 2016
This was a required text for a class my 15 year old daughter took.
Michelle B on Nov 10, 2015
It is needed for a curriculum we are using this year.
Ericka T on Aug 16, 2021
Required for Oak Meadow English 8 class
Karen T on Sep 25, 2020
Can this book be used for an entire school year?
User on Jul 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I think it could. In the back of the book, there is a list of an additional twenty writing assignments and topics. So you could really expand out, research the different types of writing, etc. For high school use, you would, of course, need to add in a Literature Analysis course to go with this.
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