Writing with Style

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Overview


Writing With Style, a writing guide packed with helpful hints for the student writer, receives a fresh, new cover design for Fall 2002.

What makes some writers stand out from the pack? How can students make their papers more interesting and get better grades at the same time? This book uses the writing of real kids to show you how to:
*Organize ideas before writing
*Choose grammatically correct word combinations
*Arrange sentences for maximum effect
*Create punchy paragraphs
*Polish a presentation to look its very best
*Proofread for mistakes

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School Library Journal
New York, NY
Monthly: 42,000
May, 1997

Gr. 5-8 Young gets readers started in a most creative introduction and keeps them focused on the writing process with ideas, explanations, and a great index that helps them to find the area they want to polish. She offers example after example of different ways to write and rewrite sentences, correct use of subject and verb agreement, assignment planning, bibliographies, writing blank verse, clauses, comma, couplets, rhyming patterns, research, editing, report writing, grammar, genre style-and just about any other questions young people may have on the writing process. The book is easy to comprehend, upbeat, and relevant. A must for library shelves and classrooms

-Marsha Whitney, South Meadow School, Peterboro, NH

Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
This well-organized and well-written textbook teaches writers how to plan, produce, polish, and present their work. It is easy to follow as it thoroughly examines all of the mechanics of writing. Perhaps the only thing lacking is the inspiration. A good teaching tool for any classroom.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8Young gets readers started in a most creative introduction and keeps them focused on the writing process with ideas, explanations, and a great index that helps them to find the area they want to polish. She offers example after example of different ways to write and rewrite sentences, correct use of subject and verb agreement, assignment planning, bibliographies, writing blank verse, clauses, commas, couplets, rhyming patterns, research, editing, report writing, grammar, genre styleand just about any other questions young people may have on the writing process. The book is easy to comprehend, upbeat, and relevant. A must for library shelves and classrooms.Marsha Whitney, South Meadow School, Peterboro, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590254243
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Scholastic Guides Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Chapter I Planning Your Work
Getting started 11
Find a place and time 12
Have your tools ready 13
What are you writing? 14
Do your research 16
Brainstorm for ideas 17
Before you begin, make a plan 18
Word clusters 18
Venn diagrams 19
Straightforward outlines 20
Chapter II Producing Your Work
Beginning to write 21
Writing well is a skill 22
Build sentences and paragraphs 22
A sentence consists of a subject and a verb 23
A sentence always contains at least one thought 23
Start a new paragraph with each new idea 23
Building paragraphs takes careful work 24
Think of the sentence and the paragraph together 26
Make a new paragraph each time the speaker changes 28
In longer writing, use paragraphs as building blocks 28
Clarity requires discipline 30
Keep the action in one time frame 30
As a rule, stick to the active voice 31
Use the passive voice to emphasize the action rather than the subject 32
Use positive forms instead of negative ones 33
Put up signposts: punctuation and headings 34
Use headings or subtitles to guide the reader 35
Beware of the run-on sentence 37
Variety is the spice of life 39
Use a thesaurus and a dictionary 39
Every genre has a style 40
Think about your audience 40
Reports give information 41
When a clear explanation is required, make sure you know the answer first 41
Footnotes credit sources 44
Paraphrase; don't plagiarize 46
Don't be boring 46
Essays show you care 46
Essays express your thoughts and opinions 46
You may use the poet's tools 54
Creating word images makes your writing more vivid 54
Rhymes are one of the poet's oldest tools 56
Verses are the paragraphs of poetry 59
Fiction is a figment of the imagination 60
Your script can put words into people's mouths 66
Scripts have a special format 66
You need a cast 67
Plays are organized by acts and scenes 68
Take a break 70
Chapter III Polishing Your Work
Fine-tuning 71
Check the grammar of the sentence 72
Subject and verb agree in number 72
Number tells you how many people or things you are writing about 72
Pick the right pronoun for the job 76
Punctuation holds it all together 82
Sentences have to begin and end 83
Commas separate certain words and phrases from the rest of the sentence 84
Apostrophes have a triple job 89
Quotation marks identify spoken and borrowed words 92
Standard spelling makes it readable 94
Watch for confusing words and phrases 95
Some verbs are tricky 96
Prepositions make the right connections 102
Adjectives and adverbs should be precise 104
Substitute pronouns with care 108
Editing makes it shine 112
This one's for your eyes only 113
Little things mean a lot 113
It's not in stone 114
Computers are wonderful--up to a point 114
The final draft is done 116
Hard work pays off 118
Chapter IV Presenting Your Work
Your best paper forward 119
By hand or machine? 120
Handwriting can be impressive 120
Typewriters still work 121
Word processors are nifty 122
Presentation makes it neat 123
Format uniformly 123
Use spacing to organize your work 124
Organize by numbering 125
The table of contents goes up front 126
Bibliographies back it up 126
Make that final check 129
Reconsider your titles 130
Proofread 130
Add a top page 131
Need a folder? 131
Give yourself a pat on the back 132
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