Writing Resources

There are two kinds of writing supplements: some explain language mechanics, and some teach the elements of style. Getting the mechanics (punctuation, grammar, etc.) straightened out isn't much fun, but it's necessary. Exploring style is lots of fun, but can be just as frustrating.

Even the best writers often have trouble teaching others the craft. Teaching writing, it seems, isn't intuitive. Like many skills, when one gains proficiency putting words on paper (thoughtfully and creatively), the steps to get there are often forgotten. The books in this section are intended to help instructors teach, and students learn, the basic elements of good writing.

Any Child Can Write is a classic manual for parents wanting their kids to develop good writing skills from an early age. Harvey Wiener shows how even a shopping list can provide excellent practice for burgeoning writers, and how exercises don't need to be overly elaborate or stressful to be valuable. This is a good book to read before your kids even get to the writing stage, though it's useful at later levels as well.

Using the same methodology that made her Easy Grammar series popular, Wanda Phillips' Easy Writing teaches elementary, middle school, and high school students the basics of sentence structure through repetitive exercises that implant and cement information in kids' minds. Jump In goes further, by offering step-by-step instructions for composing creative essays (this is a popular product and highly recommended).

Many of these resources are workbooks, showing kids how to compose an outline, find a topic, take notes, conduct research, etc. Titles like The Write Stuff Adventure are less about composition and more about finding something to say and knowing how to express it. Such books are especially helpful for students who complain about writer's block.

Some now-standard reference works stand out: The Elements of Style by E.B. White and William Strunk, Style by Joseph Williams, and On Writing Well by William Zinsser all offer excellent advice for those trying to find their own effective voice. The newer Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a more mechanics-oriented book on a similar theme (how punctuation affects what you're trying to say).

None of these materials should be looked at as simply for those who want to be novelists or famous writers. They're for everyone, to improve your writing and help you say what you want in the best way possible. Writing isn't a school subject just so you can get A's on your papers; it's an essential communication skill that will determine your success at work and at home for the rest of your life. Get good at it!

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1001 Commonly Misspelled Words
by Robert Magnan & Mary Lou Santovec
from McGraw-Hill
for 10th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
$15.00
Any Child Can Write
by Harvey Wiener
4th edition from Oxford University
in Writing Instruction (Location: D9D-WRI)
$6.00 (2 in stock)
Art of Fiction
by John Gardner
from Vintage Classics
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
$14.95 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Blended Structure and Style in Composition
by James B. Webster
2nd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
Writing Curriculum for 2nd-12th grade
$35.00
Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint
Write Great Fiction
by Nancy Kress
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
Comprehensive Composition
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
Writing Curriculum for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Design-A-Study (Location: P3A)
$14.00
CopyWorkBook: George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior
by Amy M. Edwards, Christina J. Mugglin
from Blue Sky Daisies
for 3rd-7th grade
in The Mother Tongue Grammar (Location: D3B-GRA)
$9.95
Creative Writer Level 2
by Boris Fishman
from Well-Trained Mind Press
for 5th-8th grade
in Creative Writer (Location: D5F-WRI)
$13.56
Creative Writer Level 3
by Boris Fishman
1st edition from Well-Trained Mind Press
for 5th-8th grade
in Creative Writer (Location: D5F-WRI)
$13.56
Creative Writing
from A Beka Books
for 6th grade
in A Beka Penmanship/Creative Writing (Location: C1C-HAN)
Description & Setting
Write Great Fiction
by Ron Rozelle
from Writer's Digest
for 7th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
Dialogue
Write Great Fiction
by Gloria Kempton
from Writer's Digest
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Instruction (Location: D9D-WRI)
Easy Writing
by Wanda Phillips
from Easy Grammar Systems
Writing Curriculum for 3rd-12th grade
in Single-Volume Writing Curriculums (Location: D8A-WRI)
$30.95
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
by Lynne Truss
from Gotham Books
Grammar Reference for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
$15.00
Elegant Essay Writing Lessons - Set
by Lesha Myers
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
Writing Curriculum for 7th-12th grade
in IEW Advanced Materials (Location: D6F-WRI)
$49.00
Elegant Essay Writing Lessons - Student Book
by Lesha Myers
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
Writing Curriculum for 7th-12th grade
in IEW Advanced Materials (Location: D6F-WRI)
$29.00 $20.00 (1 in stock)
Elegant Essay Writing Lessons - Teacher Manual
by Lesha Myers
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
Writing Curriculum for 7th-12th grade
in IEW Advanced Materials (Location: D6F-WRI)
Elements of Style
by William Strunk & E. B. White
4th edition from Allyn and Bacon
Writing Handbook for 9th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
Elements of Style (Illustrated)
by E.B. White, William Strunk Jr.
for 7th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
Evaluating Writing
Writing Strands
by Dave Marks
from National Writing Institute
Writing Curriculum for Preschool-12th grade
in Writing Strands (Location: D9E-WRI)
$14.00 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Exciting World of Creative Writing
by Ruth McDaniel
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
Writing Curriculum for 7th-8th grade
in Single-Volume Writing Curriculums (Location: D8A-WRI)
$10.71
Exciting World of Creative Writing - Tests
2nd edition from Christian Liberty Press
Writing Curriculum for 7th-8th grade
in Single-Volume Writing Curriculums (Location: D8A-WRI)
$3.00
Fairview's Guide to Composition and Essay Writing
by Gabriel Arquilevich
from Gabriel Arquilevich
in Writing Instruction (Location: D9D-WRI)
Games for Writing
by Peggy Kaye
1st edition from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Grammar & Diagramming Sentences
Straight Forward English
by Gianni DeVincentis-Hayes, Ph.D.
from Garlic Press
for 6th-8th grade
in Miscellaneous Grammar Curriculum (Location: D4E-GRA)
Grammar of Poetry - DVD Bundle
by Matt Whitling
from Canon Press
for 6th-9th grade
How to Write a Story
by Lee Roddy
from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 6th-12th grade
in IEW Advanced Materials (Location: D6F-WRI)
$29.00
How to Write a Story Grades 1-3
by Evan Moor Educational Publishers
Revised Edition from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 1st-3rd grade
in Evan-Moor Writing (Location: D8E-WRI)
$13.59 $10.00 (1 in stock)
How to Write Clearly
by Ruth Beechick
from Mott Media
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Instruction (Location: D9D-WRI)
How to Write Irresistible Query Letters
by Lisa Collier Cool
from Writer's Digest
for 9th-12th grade
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
$11.01
Imitation in Writing: Aesop's Fables
Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
2nd edition from Logos School
Writing Curriculum for 3rd-6th grade
in Imitation in Writing (Location: D8B-WRI)
$17.00 $11.90 (1 in stock)
Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate
Reprint
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
Jensen's Format Writing
by Frode Jensen
2nd edition from Master Books
Writing Curriculum for 7th-12th grade
in Jensen's English (Location: D4D-GRA)
$21.25
Jensen's Format Writing - DVD Supplement
by Frode Jensen
3rd edition from Wordsmiths
Writing Curriculum for 7th-12th grade
in Jensen's English (Location: D4D-GRA)
$25.00
Jump In - Parent/Teacher Manual
by Sharon Watson
from Apologia Educational Ministries
Writing Curriculum for 5th-8th grade
in Single-Volume Writing Curriculums (Location: D8A-WRI)
$10.00 $7.00 (2 in stock)
Jump In - Student Workbook
by Sharon Watson
from Apologia Educational Ministries
Writing Curriculum for 5th-8th grade
in Single-Volume Writing Curriculums (Location: D8A-WRI)
$30.00
Just Write Book 1 - Teacher's Guide
by Elsie S. Wilmerding and Alexandra S. Bigelow
from Educators Publishing Service
for 2nd-3rd grade
in EPS Writing (Location: D8E-WRI)
$4.14
L is for Lollygag
from Chronicle Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Dictionaries (Location: I-REF)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Learn to Write the Novel Way
by Carole Thaxton
from KONOS
Writing Curriculum for 5th-12th grade
in Konos Writing (Location: D8A-WRI)
$39.95
Learn to Write the Novel Way - Teacher Guide
by Carole Thaxton
from KONOS
Writing Curriculum for 5th-12th grade
in Konos Writing (Location: D8A-WRI)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Lively Art of Writing
by Lucile Vaughan Payne
from Mentor Books
Writing Reference for 10th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
$5.94
Lively Art of Writing
by Lucile Vaughan Payne
from Mentor Books
Writing Reference for 10th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Mad as a Wet Hen!
from Clarion Books
for 1st-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: O5B-PIC)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
My First Story Writing Book
by Louie Stowell
from Usborne
for 1st-4th grade
in Single-Volume Writing Curriculums (Location: D8A-WRI)
Office of Assertion
by Scott F. Crider
1st edition from Intercollegiate Studies Institute
for 9th-Adult
in Writing Instruction (Location: D9D-WRI)
On Writing Well
by William Zinsser
30th Anniversary from HarperCollins
Writing Reference for 9th-Adult
in Writing Reference (Location: D9D-WRI)
One Year Adventure Novel Curriculum
by Daniel Schwabauer
from Clear Water Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Writing Instruction (Location: D9D-WRI)
$140.00 (1 in stock)
Painless Writing
by Jeffrey Strausser
3rd edition from Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
for 6th-10th grade
in Writing Instruction (Location: D9D-WRI)
$9.99
Paragraph Book - Book 1
by Marjorie Gann
Wkb Rep from Educators Publishing Service
for 1st-2nd grade
in EPS Writing (Location: D8E-WRI)
$18.81
Paragraph Book - Book 2
by Dianne Tucker-LaPlount
Workbook from Educators Publishing Service
for 3rd-5th grade
in EPS Writing (Location: D8E-WRI)
$18.81
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