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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Language Arts

Writing & Rhetoric

A Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer within You
By Ralph Fletcher

A book aimed at kids ages 9-12 about writing. Written by the author of Harriot the Spy.

WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0380784300?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=03807

Boy Writers
By Ralph Fletcher

The book fulfills its mission to help parents and educators better understand the unique circumstances that apply to many boys. The chapters are SHORT and TARGET specific issues, supported by real-life writing samples. This book leaves you with greater compassion for your son/student's writing struggles. The appearance of laziness/boredom does not equate to indifference with respect to being heard. Humorous anecdotes make the total package an enjoyable read!

WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1571104259?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=15711

An on-line program that begins with whatever stage your child is at with writing. It is very child-friendly, engaging the child and making writing pleasurable. It aims to make writing a part of your child's life and lifestyle. There is a basic program, free ideas, online classes and subscriptions for monthly literature units, and a free online forum.

WEB LINK: http://www.bravewriter.com

Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student
By Edward P. J. Corbett

Rhetoric has come to be seen as a discipline for frauds and charlatans. It has the connotation of artful trickery and deception. No matter what you may think of rhetoric, you engage in it each and every time you try to prevail upon someone to see things your way. Rhetoric is the art of persuasion. Any artform practiced by mortals can be (and is) misused by unscrupulous villains. Those who decry rhetoric for its susceptibility to misuse overlook this point: Rhetoric, properly understood and applied, is the best defense against misused rhetoric. For a good grounding in the basics of rhetoric, the student need look no farther than this textbook. It is not easy reading, but diligent study will equip the reader well for the tasks of analyzing, defending, and making arguments. The book aims at the written word, but the principles apply as well to the spoken.

The book divides itself into six chapters:
1. Introduction
2. Discovery of Arguments (Deciding what to say).
3. Arrangement of Material (Marshalling your arguments for greatest effect).
4. Style (How best to speak/write your arguments).
5. The Progymnasmata (Exercises in rhetoric).
6. A Survey of Rhetoric (History of rhetoric from Ancient Greece to modern times).

Edward Corbett's book fills a void, offering serious writers a set of guidelines for reasoned discourse. Corbett reviews rules of logic begining with Aristotle's syllogism, that device which permits the writer to examine the premises of his or her arguments and thus test their logical validity. He further examines the common fallacies of deductive and inductive reasoning, and gives the writer practical exercises to improve his logical skills. Corbett outlines the various approaches a writer might make to win an audience over, explains how to most effectively arrange the material, and suggests methods for selecting the most appropriate style and tone. Readings of classical and modern writers illustrate the principles Corbett presents. In short, this is a serious book for serious writers. It is a book to be treasured, a reference book for a lifetime.

WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195115422?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=01951

Classical Writing
A comprehensive language arts program that includes writing, vocabulary, grammar, dictation. From the site:

Classical Writing is a writing curriculum for beginners all the way through high school. Our method is based on the ancient Greek progymnasmata, a writing tradition which has produced many of the best thinkers, authors, and statesmen of the past two thousand years. We believe, along with the ancients, that training in writing cannot be separated from training in virtue. Our aim is to teach students the art of putting virtuous thoughts into words - true, beautiful, and persuasive words.

WEB LINK: http://home.att.net/~classicalwriting/index.htm

Contests - Political Writing
By VFW & American Legion

You might consider encouraging aspiring authors to enter high school political writing contests, such as
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (Use link below)
  • American Legion's Annual Oratorical Contest
    These types of organizations (including local Elks Lodges) are chock-full of wonderful veterans who are chomping at the bit to support young men & women in their interest in government. They are thrilled to meet interested young people, so don't be shy!

    WEB LINK: http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=150

  • Discovering Voice
    By Nancy Dean

    This easy-to-use workbook contains a wealth of writing exercises in six different areas: tone, imagery, figurative language, syntax, detail, and diction. In these exercises, kids get practice with imitating great writers. They try on for size dozens of different writing devices they may have never used before. In the process, kids learn to recognize those same devices when they read. A useful supplement to your English curriculum.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0929895894?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09298

    Easy Bib
    A wonderful tool for creating a bibliography for high school and college-level papers. Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Useful for books, periodicals, plays, federal bills, laws and statutes, film, and more.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://easybib.com

    Easy Essay: An automated information organization program
    A free site that can teach almost anyone how to organize an essay in 5 minutes and is ideal for SAT, ACT, FCAT or essay exams, reports, or in any situation where you need to logically prove an idea. Our concept is based on our belief that in most conversations, the majority of the conversation deals with one person telling the other person why something is true; that is, giving reasons for its validity. That is all that we ask you to do on this site, except in writing. We use the essay form because it is the most efficient form of organization available and we automate the organization so that you limit your statements to proving only the things that you have already stated were true.

    This automated information organization program is also of use for business reports, inter-office communications, special and rehabilitative education, as well as speech organization. It has been taught to individuals from eight to eighty and been used from elementary education to post graduate work.

    For longer papers it can automatically expand into a 17 paragraph thesis and is usable in any language. A noted side effect of the program is that users begin to communicate logically.

    WEB LINK: http://www.theeasyessay.com/

    Excellence in Writing
    The Excellence in Writing (EIW) materials are dvd-based, so you watch the dvd as the teacher, or your child watches the student dvd, then you pause and do the exercises. Many essential tools to being able to write are covered in the lessons: note taking, organzing your ideas, openings, linking ideas together, the use of various parts of speech (adverbs, adjectives), report writing, etc. The method of teaching writing that the institute for writing excellence uses is one of the oldest methods--imitation. By imitating good writers they encountered, some famous writers, like Ben Franklin and Jack London, taught themselves to write clearly. EIW is recommended for all writing levels, but many homeschoolers use it starting about grade 5 and up.

    WEB LINK: http://iew.com/

    Games for Writing
    By Peggy Kaye

    Peggy Kaye has made a career out of finding ways to teach things while kids have fun. I love her approach! In this book, she has created writing activities will help students in kindergarten through third grade enjoy the creative process and gradually master the skills needed for proficient, accurate authorship.

    From the site: Kaye suggests starting kindergartners off with "wribbling" --a writing method combining scribbling and writing; then she moves on to story maps, followed by word games. Obviously a great tool for teachers looking for an alternative to work sheets, the book will also provide summertime family fun. Some of these ideas would make great traveling games--and why tell the kids they are valuable learning experiences as well.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374524270/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&cr

    How to Read a Book
    By Mortimer Jerome Adler

    Why is a book about reading in the section on Writing and Rhetoric in the Classical Kids' library ?

    In order for your high school student to become a good writer, he or she needs to understand how to read in an active, engaged way. The skills outlined in Adler's book are essential for any college-bound student.

    In total Adler sets forth four levels of reading: elementary reading, inspectional reading, analytical reading and synoptical reading. He proceeds to tell us that reading is an active process since the teacher is not available to deliberate. In keeping with this activity we are told how to read faster while comprehending more, how to find answers to our questions from within the book and how to make the right kind of notes in the book.

    • Part one includes what Adler calls the first two levels of reading: elementary and inspectional reading.
    • Part two contains the third level of reading: analytical reading. "Reading a book analytically is chewing and digesting it" (p.19). We now learn how to determine the type of literature we are reading, what type of structure it has and we learn that we must come to grasp with the author's vocabulary. The point of all this is to understand the message of the author. If we are unable to state the author's message concisely in our own terms, we have learned nothing. Only after we first understand what the author is saying, can we begin criticize him fairly. Once we have read analytically, we can agree with the author, disagree with him or we can postpone judgment until we have learned more if we wish. Adler suggests that we do not consult other study helps until we first have read the book analytically. This will deaden our ability to read and think for ourselves as well as confuse the message of the author.
    • Part three tells us how to read different types of literature including practical books, imaginative literature, stories, plays, poems, history, philosophy, science, mathematics and social science. Each type of literature has it's own vocabulary, propositions, arguments, and questions that must be asked of it. This section is particularly helpful in applying the basic rules of reading to the type of literature that is to be read.
    • The final part of the book is dedicated to the ultimate goals of reading: synoptical reading. Synoptical reading is the reading of different works on the same subject with a view to constituting a general view on the subject. The idea is to read a number of books on a given subject, as objectively as possible, and withhold judgment and criticism of all the books until you understand the different perspectives. This is the bread and butter of research and is the best way to understand any given subject matter, which is why this book is vital to the college student as well as anyone with academic pursuits. The last of the two ultimate goals of reading is to expand your mind for further understanding.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0671212095/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&cr

    How to Write a Great Research Paper: A Step-By-Step Guide
    By Leland Graham & Darriel Ledbetter

    This book describes of the steps of writing a research paper are covered, including choosing a topic, taking notes, writing the outline, compiling a bibliography, revising, evaluating, and more!

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0865306796?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=08653

    How to write an argumentative essay
    By Critical Thinker Academy

    WEB LINK: http://www.criticalthinkeracademy.com/academy/how-to-write-a-good-argumentative-essay/

    How Writers Work: Finding a Process That Works for You
    By Ralph Fletcher

    Processes such as brainstorming, rough drafts, rereading and revising, proofreading, and publishing are demystified through examples of students' writing and interviews with children's authors. The style is conversational and the suggestions are general. The book doesn't cover specifics of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Instead, it suggests that any piece of writing could become any one of these with a sufficient amount of work. The book makes youngsters feel good about their writing without making light of the work involved. Grades 4-8.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/038079702X?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=03807

    Introduction to Debate: An On-Line Downloadable Course
    By Ray Engel

    This course was created by a homeschooling father of six children from Salem, Oregon. He writes, "A big part of our homeschool, high-school program has been Team Policy Debate. I have been teaching and coaching Team Policy Debate for over 12 years."

    This is a complete 11-week Introduction to Debate Course with over 10 hours of video instruction in more than 30 lectures, combined with a complete set of course lecture notes and resource materials.

    Use the link below to get contact info and course details.

    WEB LINK: http://ccnwdebate.org/class-home-page.htm

    Lightening Literature & Composition
    By Hewitt Homeschool Resources

    Hewitt offers a couple American Literature courses in their series. These guides use full-length novels, autobiographies, plays, essays, short stories, and poems to teach deep reading and composition skills. Unlike some literature programs that take a scatter-shot approach (where none of the literature seems connected) or that try to dump too much into one book, Lightning Literature guides focus on a few classics in depth, in a systematic manner. These guides are available for high school and junior high.

    WEB LINK: https://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/Senior/sLightning.aspx

    Literature and Language Arts Lesson Plans
    By National Endowment for the Humanities

    Subjects of the lesson plans include:
  • American Lit
  • British Lit
  • Biographies
  • Poetry & Haikus
  • Drama
  • Essays & Fiction

    Also, the link includes a tab to listings of websites related to Literature and Language Arts. For all grade levels.

    WEB LINK: http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans

  • Live Writing: Breathing Life into Your Words
    By Ralph Fletcher

    This book is based on the simple idea that every writer has a "tool box." Instead of awls and hammers, a writer's toolbox contains words, imagination, a love of books, a sense of story, and ideas for how to make the writing live and breathe. Grades 4-8.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0380797011?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=03807

    Michael Clay Thompson Courses
    Complete courses in Grammar, Vocabulary, Poetry & Writing.

    From the site:
    These exciting and demanding books have been phenomenally successful both as stand-alones, and as part of a longer term, progressive English Language Arts curriculum. They are widely used in the regular classroom, in Gifted Education programs and for homeschool language arts. Student books and teacher manuals are available for each, and special home editions for some.

    WEB LINK: http://www.rfwp.com/mct.php

    Movies as Literature
    By Kathryn Stout

    A great tool to use to design a high-school year of using movies to learn great literature. If you have a kid who is interested in making movies, writing, or just enjoying great lit, this is a great program. You should purchase the student guide as well.

    The following 17 movies are covered: Shane, Friendly Persuasion, The Quiet Man, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Music Man, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Maltese Falcon, Rear Window, Emma, The Philadelphia Story, The Journey of August King, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Raisin in the Sun, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Henry V, A Man For All Seasons, and Chariots of Fire.

    From the site:
    This complete, one-year high school English course uses classic movies on video to introduce and study the elements of literary analysis. Student discussion and composition questions are provided for each of 17 lessons, several of which can also be used to supplement studies in grades 7 and 8. Also included are an extensive teacher's guide/answer key, plot summaries, glossary of literary terms, and final exam.

    The Movies as Literature course will not only give students the tools to appreciate good books more fully, but will equip them with the ability to discern underlying messages in movies rather than simply absorb them.

    Scripted lessons give the teacher and confidence. The first part of this book is a copy of the Student Workbook without spaces for answers. The Teacher's Guide lessons are found in the second part and is about 200 of the total pages.

    About the Author:
    About the Author Kathryn Stout is a Christian educator, consultant, and speaker. An honors graduate of the University of Delaware, Kathryn holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education. During her eight years in public schools she taught, tested, and developed programs for students who did not respond to traditional strategies.

    She homeschooled her own two children, Clea and Christopher, for fourteen years using the Design-A-Study materials she created. Both graduated from college with honors. Clea earned a BA degree from her parents' alma mater and a Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law. Christopher earned a BA in cinema-television from the University of Southern California, attending on a USC Presidential Scholarship.

    Kathryn's multilevel books provide the tools necessary for families to do as she did--create (or tailor) a curriculum to suit their children's specific needs.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1891975099/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&cr

    Novel Inquiries: A Set of Guides for Four Novels Integrating Composition and Higher Level Thinking
    By Margot Davidson

    These very impressive guide provides a helpful way of incorporating history, literature, vocabulary and writing. It should also prove to be a wonderful resource for parents who are nervous about guiding their children through the complexities of good writing.

    The author has written a story synopsis and theme as well as detailed assignment instructions for the teacher for each of the novels. The numerous suggested assignments range from journaling and outlining activities to graphic organizers to compositions to discussion exercises to art projects.

    Mrs. Davidson, an experienced literature teacher and an alumna of Thomas Aquinas College, provides individual guides for teachers and for students in one volume.

  • Volume 1: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 5-6. This volume includes literature guides for The Golden Goblet, Hittite Warrior, Tirzah, and The Children's Homer
  • Volume 2: Ancient Civilizations for Grades 7 - 9. This volume includes literature guides for Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Warrior Scarlet by Rosemary Sutcliffe, The Tale of Troy by Roger Lancelyn Green, and Caesar's Gallic Wars by Olivia Coolidge. The 43-page Teacher's Guide is separate from the 136-page Student Book at this level.

    You can find further reviews at at the site below. May be purchased at Adoremus Books.

    WEB LINK: http://www.love2learn.net/literature/studguid.htm

  • One-Year Adventure Novel
    from the site
    Benefits Include

  • Write a novel in one year!
  • Taught by an award-winning novelist.
  • No prep work required; class is taught for you on DVD.
  • Biblical worldview.
  • 78 lessons, (3 per week for 26 weeks) inspire creativity and build understanding about what stories are and how they work.
  • Study classic adventure stories.
  • Compelling questions help your student find creative solutions.

    Students learn and understand:

  • Classical story structure.
  • The five elements of every great story, as well as:
  • Characterization, plot, setting, theme, and conflict (but in ways that are fun and exciting).
  • By creating, not just analyzing; by emphasizing practical application over theory.
  • How to interpret stories. They'll never read a book, see a play or watch a movie the same way again.

    Go to the site to get a free DVD about the program.

    WEB LINK: http://www.oneyearnovel.com/

  • Postcrossing - Postcard Crossing Project
    This site enables the user to send and to receive postcards from around the world. By participating children can become aware of geography & culture, spelling & grammar, and stamp collecting. A fun, self-directed learning experience.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://www.postcrossing.com

    Prestwick House English Curriculum Materials
    from their website:
    Prestwick House provides high-school level teaching materials designed "to let you teach like an expert - even if you've got to teach a book you've never read. Mix and match from among our Teaching Units, Advanced Placement Teaching Units, Activity Packs, Response Journals, and Multiple Perspectives Lesson Guides, and customize your teaching to ignite a love of literature in even your most reluctant students."

    WEB LINK: http://www.prestwickhouse.com/category.aspx?category=5

    By Scriptfrenzy

    Scriptfrenzy is now archived with lots of resources including:
  • Scriptwriting software - including some software that's free
  • Advice from scriptwriting experts
  • Scriptwriting "Boot Camp" with worksheets and key skills to developing writing skills
  • Teacher's materials.

    WEB LINK: http://wmpeople.wm.edu/index.php/site/page/nanowrimoclub01/scriptfrenzyresources

  • Skills for Literary Analysis
    By James P. Stobaugh

    Dr. James P. Stobaugh is a homeschooling father who lives in Massachusetts. His program teaches to incredibly high standards. Geared towards (advanced) middle school or high school-aged children. Dr. Stobaugh also offers workshops on writing. All Stobaugh's courses have a Christian worldview. Skills for Literary Analysis is a classical thinking and writing course. Students learn to identify, analyze, evaluate, and discuss key elements of literary style, including theme, setting, worldview, tone, characterization, parody, and more. Books include: The Call of the Wild, The Joseph Narratives, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Idylls of the King, Treasure Island, How Green Was My Valley, Alice In Wonderland, A Midsummer's Night Dream, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Split Cherry Tree. Students produce well-written essays about them. Features a planning schedule and special-needs strategies. Ages 13 to 19.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805458964?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=08054

    Skills For Rhetoric
    By James P. Stobaugh

    Dr. James P. Stobaugh is a homeschooling father who lives in Massachusetts. His program teaches to incredibly high standards. Geared towards (advanced) middle school or high school-aged children. Dr. Stobaugh also offers workshops on writing. All Stobaugh's courses have a Christian worldview. Skills for Rhetoric is a college preparatory literary course that uses educationally sound, rigorous methods. Students will learn: to think critically about their world and their participation in it; to write their thoughts, primarily through essays; to articulate their thoughts through small group discussions with peers, families, broader communities, and through occasional formal speeches; to enhance vocabulary through reading and studying quality literature; to converse about the major worldviews of authors of literature, past and present; and to develop and refine their own worldviews through participating in biblical application and Christian principles in weekly studies.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080545893X?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=08054

    Survey of British Literature
    By Virtual Homeschool Group

    This course is offered periodically. It is free.

    Email Adress: teacher.grace.hong@gmail.com
    Course Description:
    This course is a journey through the major literary works and movements in the British literary cannon. Beginning at what is widely considered the earliest piece of British Literaturethe Anglo-Saxon epic "Beowulf", this year-long course culminates in contemporary works by British authors. Unlike many English classes, this course emphasizes the students' ability to actively analyze and synthesize texts through rigorous discussion and higher-level writing. Open ended discussion in the virtual classroom about literary points in the text compel students to develop (and back up) their own opinion and interpretation of the text as well as familiarizing them with patterns in literary analysis. Writing assignments serve the dual purpose of teaching students how to write analytically about literature (in addition to live lessons) and give them the opportunity to craft and support their ideas in a literary paper.

    Age Level: This course is intended for older high-school students, although we are open to other age levels (see 'Requirements'). It uses a Socratic style discussion and the intellectual debates.

    Requirements: The course is geared towards older high school students with the assumption that basic essay writing skills have already been established. Though there is no set prerequisite, students are heavily advised to submit a piece of writing (analytical essay on literature, assignment from previous literature course) prior to enrollment in order to ascertain whether or not this would be a good fit.

    Works including the following:
    The Seafarer, The Wanderer, Beowulf, The Battle of Argoed Llwyfain by Taliesin, The War band's Return by Taliesin, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, (excerpts from) Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, (excerpts from) The Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer, Everyman, Utopia by Sir Thomas Moore, On Monsieur's Departure by Queen Elizabeth I, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe, Hamlet (or other play)by Shakespeare, The Roaring Girl, or, Moll Cut-purse by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, (excerpts from) Paradise Lost by John Milton, William Wordsworth, William Blake, Lord Byron, Frankenstien by Mary Shelley, Brave New World by Adolus Huxley, The Dead, Araby by James Joyce and Grendel by John Gardener.

    Use the VHSG link and go to Language Arts to register or for more info on the course.

    Note: class time will be 7 to 8pm CST on a weekday (TBA). Please feel free to email should you have any questions:

    WEB LINK: http://www.virtualhomeschoolgroup.com/

    Teaching Kids to Write
    By Roy & Diane Speed

    This article is designed to orient parents to the whole challenge of developing their kids' writing ability. It emphasizes what parents must do to ensure that really young kids get the foundation they need to become skilled writers later on.

    The authors are homeschooling parents themselves, and they argue, first, that Written English is best thought of as a second version of English - the first being Spoken English; second, that Written English is a language kids must acquire before they can produce it, i.e., write. Diane Speed is the Founder of the Classical Kids Network. Her husband Roy is the president of Salient, Inc., a writing consulting firm with Fortune 500 clients.

    DOWNLOAD FILE: Teaching Kids to Write (Entire).pdf

    Teen Ink
    Magazines, websites, and books written by teens since 1989. The site includes a forum to share ideas and ask questions, and offers on-line writers workshops and other writing courses.
    From the site:
    Teen Ink has no staff writers; we depend completely on you to send writing, art, and photos. There is no charge to submit or be published. All submissions will be considered for publication in Teen Ink's print magazine and website.

    WEB LINK: http://www.teenink.com/

    The Age of the Essay
    By Paul Graham

    Have your high-schooler read this before writing his or her next essay. An inspiring, funny, insightful essay about ... essays!

    WEB LINK: http://paulgraham.com/essay.html

    The Write Site
    from the FCH Yahoo Group
    The Write Site is a multimedia language arts curriculum that makes the process of telling a story fun. Students take on the role of journalists—generating leads, gathering facts, and writing stories—using the tools and techniques of real-life journalists.

    The Write Site is specially designed for middle school students. The Write Site’s instructional activities will improve students’ skills while helping teachers integrate technology into their classrooms.

    Please call ThinkTVNetwork toll-free at 888-876-1416 for more information about The Write Site professional development.

    WEB LINK: http://www.writesite.org/html/w5.html

    Tween Tribune.com is a daily news site for tweens. Each day we post links to the day's most compelling news from a tweens perspective. Tweens can submit links to stories they'd like to share, submit their own stories and photos, and comment on the stories they read.

    Unlike other news sites for kids, TweenTribune is easy to use, updated daily and allows tweens to participate in so many ways.

    But most importantly, it encourages tweens to seek out news on a daily basis. Our democracy depends upon a well-informed public, so it's important to foster a daily news-reading habit at an early age. TweenTribune does that by enticing tweens with a few offbeat stories they wouldn't find elsewhere. Only TweenTribune promotes the daily habit because its the only news site for tweens that is updated daily.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://tweentribune.com

    Typography about language today
    By Ronnie Bruce

    How we speak and how we should speak. Very well done.

    WEB LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kdrsPRZnK8&feature=player_embedded

    Varsity Academics: Home of the Concord Review and the National Writing Board
    Varsity Academics has been endorsed by 39 colleges listed on the site. It houses the Concord Review and National Writing Board as well as many other interesting things on the site, such as the National History Club and more information about writing at the secondary level.
    The Concord Review publishes history essays by high school students.
    The National Writing Board evaluates high school history research papers.

    WEB LINK: http://www.tcr.org/

    Visual Manna's Teaching English Through Art
    By Rich & Sharon Jeffus

    This book does not give pointers or instructions on how to write reports or essays. Rather it offers activities that incorporate art with writing. Here are some examples:
  • draw a character and have the character say a declarative sentence or exclamatory sentence etc.
  • make a poster
  • write a character sketch and draw the character
  • do research on a famous person then using graph paper, draw the person
  • look at picture in book and come up with adjectives to define the mood
  • make your own paper
  • make a primitive book.

    This book is a great way to add some fun for those who thrive on art and freedom of creativity.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J543N6?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000J

  • Voice Lessons: Classroom Activities to Teach Diction, Detail, Imagery, Syntax, and Tone
    By Nancy Dean

    How does Toni Morrison make bad times seem sweet? How can Shakespeare make a character say one thing and mean another? Help your students understand how writers control voice so they can express a voice of their own. Voice Lessons procides 100 historically and culturally diverse passages from world literature. Each sharply-focused example targets a specific component of voice, presenting it in a short, manageable exercises that functions well as a class opener. Activity pages may be reproduced.

    The activities also serve as writing prompts, with space on the reproducible pages for students to respond to discussion suggestions for teachers.

    Use Voice Lessons with any high school curriculum. Prepare your high school students for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other examinations that demand an understanding of the subtle elements that comprise an author's unique voice: diction, detail, imagery, syntax, and tone.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0929895355?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09298

    Write at Home
    Personal writing tutor online. You can do this for one paper at a time ($25) or sign up for a whole course. For Grades 6-12.

    WEB LINK: HTTP://writeathome.com

    Write Great Essays
    Subscribe to this site for free monthly essay-writing tips. Site also sells essay writing workbook for $19.95.

    WEB LINK: http://www.writegreatessays.com/

    Write4Homeschool Online Writing & Literature Classes
    By Kathleen Pierce

    A CT-based on-line writing program aimed towards high school students. The student downloads all of his or her lessons. The creator and teacher, Kathleen Pierce, reviews and grades all writings as well as interacts with the student on an on-line Forum.

    WEB LINK: http://www.write4homeschool.com

    Writing Contest Chart
    By Homeschool Writers Writing Contests and Resources

    This chart is updated periodically to show current writing contests. The organization is committed to encouraging homeschooled kids to enter writing contests.

    WEB LINK: http://homeschoolwriters.com/chart.aspx

    Writing Prompts
    By Keenan Hart

    Go to the site for daily writing prompts for grades 3-7. The site encourages daily writing practice. There are other resources too for home-teachers.

    WEB LINK: http://www.daily-writing-prompt.com/index.html

    Writing Tips: Essay Builder
    Good site with useful info. Defines types of essays, the parts of an essay, and the stages of the essay-writing process.

    WEB LINK: http://www2.actden.com/Writ_den/tips/essay/index.htm


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