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Writing Skills Problem Solver: 101 Ready-to-Use Writing Process Activities for Correcting the Most Common Errors

ISBN: 978-0-13-060039-4
304 pages
June 2001, Jossey-Bass
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This unique and timely resource gives writing teachers over 250 ready-to-use activity sheets to correct 101 of the most frequent errors made by students in grades 4-12. For each error, it provides two or more reproducible activities based on the writing process to help students understand and correct that problem. These can be completed independently with minimal teacher supervision and include solution keys for self-correction and evaluation. To assure easy use, materials are printed in a big 8-1/4" x 11" lay-flat binding that opens flat for photocopying. The book is organized into eight sections, including Word Usage Help, Punctuation Help, Spelling Help, Grammar Help, Sentence Writing Help, Paragraph Help, Essay Writing Help, and Letter Writing Help.
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Section One: WORD USAGE HELP.

Topics Addressed:

Words Often Confused.

Idiomatic Expressions.

Illiteracies and Colloquialisms.

Triteness.

Double Negatives.

Section Two: PUNCTUATION HELP.

Topics Addressed:

Using Commas.

Using the Dash.

Using the Apostrophe to Show Possession.

Using the Apostrophe to Show Omission.

Using Apostrophes.

Using Colons.

Using Semicolons.

Using Hyphens.

Using Quotation Marks.

Ellipsis, Slash, Parentheses.

Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point.

Punctuation Review.

Section Three: SPELLING HELP.

Topics Addressed:

Homonyms.

Words with ie or ei.

Plurals.

Plurals: Final F.

Capitalization.

Words Commonly Misspelled.

Writing Two Words as One.

Adding Suffixes.

Suffixes: ful/fully.

Prefixes.

Compound Words.

Abbreviations.

Section Four: GRAMMAR HELP.

Topics Addressed:

Agreement of Pronoun with Antecedent.

Indefinite Pronouns.

Possessive Pronouns.

Pronouns in Combination.

Who vs. Whom.

Them vs. Those.

Verbs: Tenses.

Linking Verbs: To Be.

Verbs: Person.

Adjectives.

Adverbs.

Adverbs vs. Adjectives.

Misplaced Modifiers.

Prepositions Misused.

Section Five: SENTENCE WRITING HELP.

Topics Addressed:

Recognizing a Complete Sentence.

Sentence Fragments.

Run-on Sentences.

Agreement of Subject and Verb.

Agreement of Subject and Verb: Collective Nouns.

Leaving out Necessary Verbs.

Split Verb Phrases.

Confusing Comparisons.

Redundancies.

Cutting Superfluous Phrases.

Misuse of Dependent Clauses.

Inconsistencies in Tense and Number.

Confusing Blends.

Section Six: PARAGRAPH HELP.

Topics Addressed:

Sentence Order.

Topic Sentence.

Concluding Sentence.

Organizing a Paragraph.

Consistency of Tense.

Consistency of Pronoun.

Sentence Variety: Too Shor.t

Sentence Variety: Too Long.

Sentence Variety: Clauses.

Sentence Variety: Questions, Etc.

Transitions.

Changing the Subject.

Irrelevant Details.

Section Seven: ESSAY WRITING HELP.

Topics Addressed:

Organizing a Three-Paragraph Essay.

Prewriting Activities: Brainstorming.

Prewriting Activities: Clustering.

Prewriting Activities: Outlining.

Prewriting Activities: Overcoming Writer's Block.

Introductory Paragraph.

Introductory Paragraph: Topic Statement.

Introductory Paragraph: Cautions.

Developing a Topic: Using Examples.

Concluding Paragraph.

Confusion: Irrelevancies.

Confusion: Getting Lost.

Excessive Verbiage.

Section Eight: LETTER WRITING HELP.

Topics Addressed:

Personal/Friendly Letter.

Business Letter Parts: Return Address.

Business Letter Parts: Inside Address.

Business Letter Parts: Inside Address and Greeting.

Business Letter Parts: Closing.

Business Letter: Complete Form.

Job Application Letter.
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Carol H. Behrman has taught writing to students in grades 5-8 for more than 20 years. Author of numerous nonfiction books for children and young adults, she has conducted workshops on the writing process for students and teachers. In addition, Ms. Behrman is the author of three other resources on the writing process published by The Center, Hooked On Writing! (1990), Write! Write! Write! (1995), and Writing Activities for Every Month of the School Year (1997).
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