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Building Writing Skills

Grades: 3-7

Language Arts

Building Writing Skills

Grades: 3-7

Language Arts

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The first two books of this series teach writing as a 5-step process (Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Publishing). The step-by-step lessons use examples and easy-to-understand concept maps that teach brainstorming, planning, editing, and revising. Each lesson is followed by practice that includes a simple, time-saving scoring rubric. The third book teaches students techniques to strengthen their writing skills.

Level 1 teaches narrative (personal and story), opinion, and informative/explanatory writing for Grades 3-5.

Level 2 teaches argumentative, narrative, and informative/explanatory writing for Grades 6-7.

Essential Tips & Techniques This book teaches students techniques to strengthen their writing.

In order to express thoughts clearly and precisely to make writing come alive, the students will:

  • Use vivid verbs, specific nouns, and strong adjectives
  • Spot unnecessary adjectives and adverbs
  • Recognize and correct pronoun antecedent confusion
  • Use the active voice rather than the passive voice
  • Be careful of qualifiers
  • Correct issues with point of view
  • Show, not tell
  • Use sensory details

 To write more interesting sentences that make writing flow in a logical manner, the students will:

  • Vary sentence types: simple, compound, and complex
  • Vary sentence beginnings
  • Use effective transition words and phrases
  • Use appositives to add meaning to sentences

 To make writing more appealing to readers, students will use the following literary devices:

  • Similes
  • Metaphors
  • Hyperbole
  • Alliteration
  • Repetition
  • Personification
  • Anthropomorphism
  • Onomatopoeia

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