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10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know
Author: Jeff Anderson
Format: Paperback
  • Whether writing a blog entry or a high-stakes essay, fiction or nonfiction, short story or argument, students need to know certain essentials in order to write effectively. This straightforward book focuses on developing concepts and application of ten key aspects of good writing -- motio, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter. It provides dozens of strong model texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that will help young writers learn what is possible, and experiment with the strategies professional writers use. The book also provides mini-lessons, mentor texts, writing process strategies, and classroom tips that will motivate students to confidently and competently take on any writing task.

    Coming in October 2011!


Basic Tools for Beginning Writers
Author: Betty Schultze
Format: Paperback
  • How to teach all the skills beginning writers need--from alphabet recognition and spelling to strategies for self-editing and building coherent text

    How to teach all the skills beginning writers need - from alphabet recognition and spelling to strategies for self-editing and building coherent text. Offers teachers strategies for helping children grasp the pencil, print legibly, spell, punctuate, and create sentences that contain complete thoughts and link together logically. Includes background information, lesson ideas, and suggestions for student review, extensions, and modifications that lead to best practices in developing writing consistency.

    (Companion to What's Next for this Beginning Writer.)


Feathers of Freedom
Author: Sharon Bannon
Format: Paperback
  • Reading and writing are tools that can empower your mind and your life. They can help you become independent and self-reliant. The learning materials in Feathers of Freedom consist of legends and their teachings. There are also short biographies of some dynamic Aboriginal people that have helped to make our lives better.

    Good writing skills help you to convey your thoughts much clearer and will give more meaning to your writing.

    Embracing the holistic approach to literacy, this workbook incorporates spiritual teachings with reading and writing fundamentals and exercises.

    This literacy workbook focuses on issues and concerns that may be relevant to Aboriginal inmates and parolees of correctional institutions.


Great Writers from our First Nations
Author: Kim Sigafus
Format: Paperback
  • A celebration of ten writers who have challenged stereotypes, told history from a perspective often silenced, and entertained millions of readers.

    Included is author Louise Erdrich, whose novel Love Medicine was the first in an award-winning series about the lives of several generations of Ojibwa families. Sherman Alexie, author of the semi-autobiographical The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, went on to win the National Book Award. Tomson Highway broke new ground with his play The Rez Sisters. Joseph Boyden based his novel Three Day Road in part on his grandfather’s experience fighting in the First World War. N. Scott Momaday re-wrote the history of the American West with his book House Made of Dawn. Nicola Campbell drew on her family’s experience of residential schools to write the children’s books Shi-shi-etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe. Also included are Marilyn Dumont (A Really Good Brown Girl), Tim Tingle (Walking the Choctaw Road), Joseph Bruchac (Buffalo Song), and Maria Campbell (Half-breed).

    The full list of writers profiled:

    • Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene, Washington) - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    • Louise Erdrich (Ojibwa, North Dakota) - Love Medicine (the Argus Series)
    • Joseph Boyden (Cree/Métis, Ontario) - Three Day Road
    • N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa/Cherokee, Oklahoma) - House Made of Dawn
    • Marilyn Dumont (Cree/Métis, Alberta) - A Really Good Brown Girl
    • Tomson Highway (Cree, Manitoba) - The Rez Sisters
    • Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki, New York State) - Buffalo Song
    • Maria Campbell (Métis, Saskatchewan) - Halfbreed
    • Nicola Campbell (Interior Salish/Metis, Alberta) - Shin-chi’s Canoe
    • Tim Tingle (Choctaw, Texas) - Walking the Choctaw Road


How To Tell a Legend
Author: Janet Stone
Format: Paperback
  • A legend is a story about a hero, a people, or a natural phenomena. Popular legends include King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Blackbeard, and Robin Hood. This exciting new title teaches readers about the common characteristics found in legends from around the world. Engaging writing activities guide readers as they use these characteristics to create their own legends.


How To Tell a Myth
Author: Robert Walker
Format: Paperback
  • A myth is a story that attempts to explain a natural phenomena—such as how the world was created. Myths often include supernatural characters who have extraordinary powers. How To Tell a Myth is an engaging title that introduces readers to myths from around the world and highlights the common elements that make up this genre. Step-by-step instructions help readers create their own myths.


Real Revision
Author: Kate Messner
Format: Paperback
  • Authors' strategies to share with student writers

    Real Revision demystifies the revision process for teachers and students alike and provides tried-and-true revision strategies, field-tested by more than thirty of students' favourite authors. This unique book illustrates:
    how authors use research, brainstorming, and planning as revision tools how they revise to add detail and make characters stronger how students can use those same techniques for all kinds of writing in the classroom

    The book features dozens of reproducible "mentor author" pages with quotes from authors about their revision processes, and includes related classroom-ready activities.


What's Next for this Beginning Writer?
Format: Paperback
  • Mini-lessons that take writing from scribbles to script

    What does it take to make a writer?
    Doesn`t reading come first?
    How do I encourage students to write?

    This inspiring book begins by addressing the most common questions teachers ask about teaching writing to very young children. It then offers a step-by-step approach to engaging young students, interpreting student work, identifying what they know, and building naturally on the strengths displayed to develop confident readers and writers. Full of authentic student samples, this comprehensive book also includes tips for keeping parents involved, as well as a list of recommended children`s books.

    *Don`t miss Betty Schultze`s new companion volume, Basic Tools for Beginning Writers.


Writing Stories
Author: Carolyn Coman
Format: Paperback
  • Ideas, exercises, and encouragement for teachers and writers of all ages

    Award-winning author Carolyn Coman beliees that the essence of good writing, no matter the genre, is the ability to craft a solid story. In this innovative book, Carolyn provides advice, strategies and inspiration focusing on the key elements of stories: character development, plot, voice and dialogue, point of view, and place and time. Full of tips, exercises, and encouragement, this straightforward guide will help make the writing process less intimidating for students and teachers alike.


Writing to Wake the Soul: Opening the Sacred Conversation Within
Author: Karen Hering
Format: Paperback
  • This is a book about words, but it’s equally about what pulses beneath them, what lies between the lines. It opens a path to the inner self and to the timeless wisdom deep within. By focusing on ten key spiritual words, Hering provides an elegant practice for readers to explore a greater intimacy with their spirituality, their soul, and their world.


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