Adventures in Writing
This easy-to-use book covers a wide range of different writing styles, and little preparation time is required for the teacher. After a brief introduction to the teacher, several pages are dedicated to outlining the included writing projects so the teacher can quickly read about and understand what is required for each one. Six projects are outlined on each page, allowing the teacher to easily skim through and see which genre is being practiced, how long the project will take, what process the student will use, what size group works best (some are individual, but many encourage partners or even a small group in order to share, brainstorm, critique, etc.), and any materials needed (usually nothing, sometimes poster board or index cards or other common supplies). There are fifty-one writing projects in all, covering tons of different styles from song lyrics, biographies, fables, fairy tales, book reports, conversations, descriptions_1, and science fiction to onomatopoeia, settings, newspapers, conflicts, point of view, characters, and more. For the students, each project is clearly described on a single reproducible page (designed to be copied and handed out to each student) including an overview of the assignment, steps to follow, and some sample writing to get them started. Each of these pages also includes the NCTE standards being met through this project. The length of time needed varies by project, but if you work through the entire book it will easily take you through an entire school year. 60 pgs. Melissa
These materials focus on providing writing practice and offer little to no instruction.