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Writing Instruction

Writing skills don't drop out of the sky and into your kids' brains. They have to be taught to write well, and that means someone will have to teach them. "Don't look at me," many parents will say. "I never learned myself." Well, there's good news even for those who never learned to write: we live in the age of print, and plenty of people who can write well have proffered their services in the form of manuals and books aimed at helping you help your children.

For those who've browsed our Writing Reference section, some distinction is in order. The books in the Writing Reference category are primarily manuals for easy look-up while students are in the midst of composition; the books in this section (Writing Instruction) are primarily aimed either at teaching kids writing skills directly, or equipping parents to instruct their children after absorbing the material.

Something not many people realize is that learning to write well isn't terribly complex or difficult to understand. That does not mean learning to write isn't difficult, it just means it isn't abstruse or esoteric. What all of the books you'll find below have in common is the assertion that only by consistent and frequent practice will anyone learn to write well. There are no set principles which, if mastered, will empower students to churn out good essays all the time.

Instead, there are various guidelines students can use to shape their practice, and to appraise their own writing in order to make it better next time. These guidelines aren't patently obvious, so books present them clearly and with plenty of illustrations to show how they work and exercises so students can practice them individually before working them into essays and papers.

One of the classics in the genre is Harvey Wiener's Any Child Can Write(now in its 4th edition), a guidebook for parents to shape their kids' writing skills through everyday activities. From scribbling shopping lists to writing letters, Wiener presents innumerable exercises for kids that help with both mastering content (ideas) and putting those ideas on paper (style). His philosophy is that if kids are given writing "assignments" that are more like fun and games than they are like work, they'll learn better and not mind doing it.

Another excellent resource is Ruth Beechick's How to Write Clearly: The Meaning Approach. Her contention is that kids need to learn to organize their ideas before attempting to write original work, and that clear ideas will lead to clear style. It's not that kids need to cram as many grammar rules into their heads as possible, just that they need to understand both the ideas they want to communicate and how to communicate them. This is in many ways similar to the Charlotte Mason approach, but Beechick puts her own unique spin on things. This book is for students and adults alike.

There are almost as many approaches as there are books, but don't let that scare you. We've done our best to offer only the best books, and we're sure that you'll be able to find the right approach for you and your kids. Remember that these aren't writing curriculums in themselves: but they're first-rate supplements to make sure your children are able to communicate well, effectively, and creatively. Whether your kids are having difficulty learning to write or not, we encourage you to browse our selection to support their education, and to help you know how to teach them best.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviewshere.

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Any Child Can Write
by Harvey Wiener
3rd edition from Oxford University
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
Any Child Can Write
by Harvey Wiener
4th edition from Oxford University
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint
Write Great Fiction
by Nancy Kress
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
Comprehensive Composition
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
Writing Curriculum for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Design-A-Study (Location: B11-02A)
Critical Thinking Activities to Improve Writing Skills - Whatcha-Macallits A1
by Michael Baker; Gaeirth Dietrich; Elizabeth Korver; Bonnie Baker
from Critical Thinking Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
Description & Setting
Write Great Fiction
by Ron Rozelle
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: B16-05A)
Dialogue
Write Great Fiction
by Gloria Kempton
from Writer's Digest
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
Fairview's Guide to Composition and Essay Writing
by Gabriel Arquilevich
from Gabriel Arquilevich
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
Furry News: How to Make a Newspaper
by Loreen Leedy
1st edition from Holiday House
for 2nd-5th grade
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
Grammar of Poetry - DVD Bundle
by Matt Whitling
from Canon Press
for 6th-9th grade
in Teaching Poetry (Location: APO-04A)
Great Genre Writing Lessons
by Heather Clayton
from Scholastic Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
How to Write Clearly
by Ruth Beechick
from Mott Media
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
If You're Trying to Teach Kids How to Write. . .You've Gotta Have This Book!
by Marjorie Frank
Revised Edition from Incentive Publications, Inc.
for 4th-9th grade
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
Office of Assertion
by Scott F. Crider
1st edition from Intercollegiate Studies Institute
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
One Year Adventure Novel Curriculum
by Daniel Schwabauer
from Clear Water Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
Painless Writing
by Jeffrey Strausser
2nd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 6th-10th grade
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
Paragraph Book - Book 1
by Marjorie Gann
Wkb Rep from Educators Publishing Service
for 1st-2nd grade
in EPS Writing (Location: B16-02E)
Paragraph Book - Book 2
by Dianne Tucker-LaPlount
Workbook from Educators Publishing Service
for 3rd-5th grade
in EPS Writing (Location: B16-02E)
Paragraph Book - Book 3
by Dianne Tucker-LaPlount
Workbook from Educators Publishing Service
for 3rd-5th grade
in EPS Writing (Location: B16-02E)
Paragraph Book - Book 4
by Dianne Tucker-LaPlount
Workbook from Educators Publishing Service
for 3rd-5th grade
in EPS Writing (Location: B16-02E)
Put It in Writing
from McGraw-Hill
for 9th-12th grade
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
Sentence Composing for Middle School
by Don Killgallon
2nd edition from Boynton/Cook Publishers
for 6th-8th grade
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
Story Starters
by Karen Andreola
from Charlotte Mason Research and Supply Co.
for 4th-10th grade
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
Tapestry of Grace: Writing Aids
by Marcia Somerville, Dana Caywood & Beth Kelley
from Tapestry of Grace
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
Words Fail Me
by Patricia T. O'Conner
Reprint from Mariner Books
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: Language Arts (Location: ACL-LAN)
Write Stuff Adventure
by Dean Rea
from Great Expectations Book Co.
Writing Curriculum for 5th-10th grade
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)
Writing a Research Paper
by Edward Shewan
from Christian Liberty Press
in Writing Instruction (Location: B16-04D)