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Writing -- Stories and More



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by Lisa Bullard
Lisa Bullard's simple story-writing recipe will take you step-by-step through the creative process. Learn how to mix ingredients like characters, settings, and action. Stir them up to create conflict. Cook up a beginning, a middle, and an ending to your story. And finally, treat yourself and your friends to a feast of the imagination. It's a recipe that can be used again and again. The playful design and lively, conversational content develops skills yet leaves room for a child's creativity. Enclosed spiral binding makes this a great gift that is user-friendly.


by Dawn DiPrince, Cheryl Miller Thurston
The more than 200 impersonal but engaging writing prompts in this book help students practice their writing skills without asking them to share personal thoughts they would rather keep to themselves. Quirky, challenging, and humorous, the ideas encourage lighthearted creativity with such topics as writing about a girl named Dot without using any letters with dots (such as i or j), describing a person named Chris by the reactions of others as he walks into a room, or creating three completely different sentences with the word crumpled. Sample responses are included for all the exercises, making this an ideal classroom resource.


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by Daniel Kirk
Every child can be a writer, and Library Mouse shows them how. Beloved children's book author and illustrator Daniel Kirk wonderfully brings to life the story of Sam, a library mouse. Sam's home was in a little hole in the wall in the children's reference books section, and he thought that life was very good indeed. For Sam loved to read. He read picture books and chapter books, biographies and poetry, and ghost stories and mysteries. Sam read so much that finally one day he decided to write books himself. Sam shared his books with other library visitors by placing them on a bookshelf at night. Until there came the time that people wanted to meet this talented author. Whatever was Sam to do? The joy of reading, writing, and sharing is brought to life in this warmhearted tale of a small creature that offers his big voice for aspiring authors everywhere.


by Ralph Fletcher
Fans of Harriet the Spy who want to try keeping their own writer's notebook will appreciate this inspiring handbook. Written in a direct, non-condescending style, writer-to-writer, it offers realistic, experienced advice on how to keep notes and use them to create stories and poems. Fletcher, author of the ALA Notable children's book Fig Pudding, fleshes out the book with numerous examples from his own notebooks and from those of other writers, child and adult.



Painless Writing (Painless Series) By Jeffrey Strausser (2001)TITLE
Fun quizzes, brain-ticklers, and challenging puzzles are included in this practical writing guide for middle school and high school students. The author offers tips on enlivening writing with vivid images, smoothing out sentences, silencing the dull passive voice, and adding rhythm to writing. Brain Ticklers (short quizzes) appear throughout the book. Part of Barron's Painless Series.



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