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Note: You can purchase the Idioms Worksheets from all five issues ($9.99) and Issues #1-8 for only $14.96. See the links below.


Issue #1

Idioms
(Part I)
Give your students ten idioms to liven up their writing. Play games and draw funny pictures to help build reading and writing skills.  Worksheets and lesson plans included. $4.00
 
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Idioms
E-book


Can't wait for all five idioms newsletters? Purchase all five units now in this convenient E-book.

Help your students understand common idioms. These worksheets and lesson plans will help your students' reading skills as they internalize the meaning of phrases such as "Let the cat out of the bag", "cold feet", and "Birds of a feather flock together". These worksheets will also encourage your students to begin using these entertaining expressions within the context of their writing.

These units, divided into five sets of ten idioms, are especially helpful for English learners. Help them build confidence with English by showing them that not every word means what it says. Your students will "have a ball" as you, the "head honcho", have your students "eating out of your hand" while delivering these wonderful lessons.





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Issue #2

Vocabulary Worksheets
Newsletter Issue #2 - Vocabulary

These worksheets will help your students develop their vocabulary skills independently as they read their literature books. Give them along with book reports or as class assignments.

Book Review: Mosaic of Thought
Article: What Kind of Teacher Are Your: A Sage on the Stage or a Guide on the Side?
Worksheets: 2 Worksheets, 4 Pages


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Issues:
#3, #4, #5

How To Teach the Paragraph

 

Newsletters #3, #4, and #5 - How To Teach the Paragraph

You can purchase all three newsletters which give the complete lesson plan for teaching the paragraph.  Additionally, you will receive the nine page E-book, How To Teach the Paragraph in one convenient location.
Note:  This E-book is free with the purchase of
How To Teach the Five-Paragraph Essay.



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Issue #6

The
Writing
Process
Tips and tricks for teachers to help students prewrite, rough draft, edit, revise, and publish their writing.  Includes suggestions for paragraph, three-paragraph essay, and five-paragraph essay writing.

Article - Helpful Hints About Classroom Management

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Issue #7

The Friendly Letter

 
Can your students name the parts of a friendly letter in five seconds? Can they format a friendly letter with confidence? Now they can.

Article - Why Can't Students Write a Simple Essay

2 Free Worksheets and a Free Lesson Plan


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Issue #8

The Business Letter
Now that your students can write the friendly letter, writing the business letter simply requires a few extra steps. These worksheets will give your students the practice they need to master this skill.

Book Review - A Framework for Understanding Poverty


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Issues #1 - #8

 

The first eight issues of CreateBetterWriters.com's newsletter have been put together in one E-book.  For less than 50% off ($32 value), you can get all eight issues right now, downloaded onto your computer. 
 

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Issue #9

Adjective vs. Adverb Practice
Are your students having problems with “good” and “well”? Can your students explain why “I can run fast.” is bad grammar? Use these worksheets to help strengthen language skills and your students understanding of adverb and adjective usage.

Book Review: A Framework for Understanding Poverty


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Issue #10

Idioms
(Part 2)
Give your students ten more idioms to liven up their writing. Play games and draw funny pictures to help build reading and writing skills.  Worksheets and lesson plans included.

Article: Middle Class Teacher Relates to Students in Poverty
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Issue #11

Power Vocabulary
Use this strategy to teach and reinforce vocabulary. Research shows that a student needs to hear and understand a new word several dozen times to commit it to memory. This quick, easy, and fun strategy helps students commit many new words to memory.

Book Review: The Courage To Teach


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Issue #12

Transition
Words

Words and phrases that help students make transitions from sentences to sentences and paragraphs to paragraphs.

Article: My Hero, the Teacher

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Issue #13

Where/When Writing Trick
Help your students describe the setting within their writing with this very powerful writing trick. Teachers who own The Complete Writing Program will find additional benefits to this excellent writing strategy.

Book Review: Mosaic of Thought


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Issue #14

Titles vs.
Topic Sentences
Are your students still confusing topic sentences with titles when they write paragraphs? Have you had any students write a topic sentence like this: “What I like about school.” Even by sixth grade, many students are confusing titles with topic sentences. These worksheets, from Standards Based Grammar, will help your students fix this common mistake.

Book Review: Bringing Words to Life


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Issue #15

Vocabulary Context Clues

Train your students to use context clues within the text to figure out the definitions to unknown words.  These worksheets help students make educated guesses.  Next, students see the quality of their guesses as they find the definitions of the words.  Perfect to use with literature units, book reports, or independent reading.

Book Review: Mindful of Others

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Issue #16

Idioms
(Part 3)


Give your students ten more idioms to liven up their writing. Play games and draw funny pictures to help build reading and writing skills.  Worksheets and lesson plans included.

Book Review: Bringing Words to Life

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Issues #9 - #16



The second eight issues of CreateBetterWriters.com's newsletter have been put together in one E-book.  For less than 50% off ($32 value), you can get all eight issues (#9 - #16) right now, downloaded onto your computer. 


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Issue #17

Said Words
(Part 2)


This is the follow up to the inaugural issue Better Ways of Using "Said".  It includes a handout filled with over 50 more ways to use "said". Words such as "badgered", "fretted", "vowed", and more will make your students' writing come to life.   You will also receive three worksheets that will help your students begin to make these words a regular part of their writing.

Article: My Expanding Vocabulary


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Issue #18

Spelling with Syllables

If students can spell the syllables within a word, they can spell the entire word.  This exercise helps train students to break spelling words into syllables.  They will discover spelling patterns as they create new words by mixing dozens of syllables.  They will also study the Parts of Speech as they discover that certain syllables are often used with nouns (-ment), verbs (-ing), adverbs (-ly), etc....

Book Review: Guiding Readers and Writers

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Issue #19

Story
Writing


These worksheets walk students through the story writing process.  Worksheet #1 helps students write a short story.  The following worksheets help older students write more detailed stories.

Book Review: Guiding Readers and Writers - Grades 3-6

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Issue #20

Writing Trick: Onomatopoeia

Help students liven up their writing by adding onomatopoeia to their stories.  These words that imitate sounds add new dimensions to students writing.  Perfect for beginning or advanced writers.

Article:  Vocabulary Statistics

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Issue #21

Greek and Latin Root Words

By memorizing just a dozen Greek and Latin root words, students will be able to figure out the meaning of hundreds of words.  This newsletter includes a list of fifteen root words, sample words, and a worksheet to help students make sense of the words.

Book Review:  English from the Roots Up

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Issue #22

Idioms
(Part 4)


Give your students ten more idioms to liven up their writing. Play games and draw funny pictures to help build reading and writing skills.  Worksheets and lesson plans included.

Book Review: Mindful of Others

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Issue #23

Show-Not-Tell: Characterization

What is a story without strong, well developed characters?  Help your students develop the characters within their stories.  These worksheets help students think of personality traits for their characters as they think of ways to bring out these traits within the story.

Article:   The Power of Discussion

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Issue #24

Weirdo Story

Issue #23 showed students how to develop the characters within their stories.  This issue helps students write a story with four distinct characters ("weirdoes").  Students will be walked through the writing process as their main character has wacky adventures with the weirdoes in their stories.

Article:  The Classroom Writing Club

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Issues #17 - #24




The third eight issues of CreateBetterWriters.com's newsletter have been put together in one E-book.  For less than 50% off ($32 value), you can get all eight issues (#17 - #24) right now, downloaded onto your computer. 

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