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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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. Writing should be an exciting subject, entered into as an adventure, for there are so many types of writing that every assignment can be enjoyable! This is the way that Gabriel Arquilevich, author of Writing for 100 Days, presents it. 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, more 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, 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. The introduction is clearly written, includes many examples, and is reader-friendly. Then the fun part - putting into action what you have just learned. The short assignments leave room for lots of creativity.

We are encouraged, no, told to learn from our mistakes as we write our pieces, and how to recognize familiar pitfalls. Yes, an important step of many of the assignments is to purposely write our piece exhibiting the featured foibles! In a lesson on wordiness, we're told to write a half-page description of an event, adding as much wordiness as possible. In a lesson on fragments and run-on sentences, we have to write a story - a one-page story with one sentence. Or, write a description of an unknown planet, with a catch - use no similes or metaphors. This not only makes errors much more noticeable, but also relays to us the importance of grammatical tools and variety in writing. (Oh, by the way, after you write your piece with the errors, you do go back and fix it.) At the end of each unit, you use all the components you've practiced to write your big composition, fictional story, sestina, and journalistic works.

For extra fun, several games are featured at the end of the book. Answers to the review questionaire also included. This 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. 103 pages, pb. - Jess

Publisher Description:

Junior high and high school students will delight in this friendly, day-by-day guide tp writing. From the intricacy of sentence structure to the complexity of the sestina, 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 fifteen days. Studies of dialogue and point of view are provided. Poetry-- In these ten 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-seven 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, including an epistolary scene, imitating an author, and "fun and games" activities. In short, Writing for 100 Days 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.




Category Description for WRITING PROGRAMS:

These materials may offer some light grammar instruction, but the focusis mainly on writing of all types.




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
8
Grade End
12
ISBN
9781684271092
Author
Gabriel Arquilevich
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Oak Meadow
Weight
0.65 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.44" x 0.25"
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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
Was in Cathy Duffy's 100 Top Picks and my daughter wanted it.
Scott R on Sep 7, 2018
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
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
highly recommended by fellow homeschoolers
Rachel M on Jul 23, 2018
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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