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Writing Tricks Plus

Writing Tricks Plus

A writing trick is:

  • A quick and easy way to improve your students' writing skills.
  • A technique to help students apply grammar, punctuation, and even poetry skills within their writing.
  • A powerful way to meet your state's writing standard: "Uses a variety of sentence structure."
  • All of the Above
Obviously, the answer is D, all of the above. Every worksheet in Writing Tricks is designed to teach your students important language skills while encouraging them to apply these skills within their writing. Once your students have mastered each trick, they will have a powerful skill that they will use for the rest of their lives.

Early in my teaching career, our district's language arts series had a worksheet that required the students to use Appositives. (In case you've forgotten, here's an appositive: Mr. Dye, my fifth grade teacher, taught us how to write appositives.) The students completed the worksheet and we went on with the school year. The next year, I came across the same worksheet. It dawned on me that the students hadn't used that skill a single time during the course of the last school year.

I almost refused to do the worksheet again that year. Why bother? Then I thought, what if I taught the worksheet, called this type of sentence a "Trick", and MADE my students write these kinds of sentences within their writing? Within a week, not only had my students mastered the use of the comma within appositives, they were using a new sentence structure within their writing.

To make things even better, I had discovered an incredible side effect; my students were figuring out how to use this sentence in ways I could never imagine. They were using it in science, social studies, and all across the curriculum.

"George Washington, general of the Continental Army,
won the Battle of Yorktown."

"All of the elements of the universe are found on the Periodic Table, a chart that has the elements organized by each element's atomic number."

To make a long story short, an important discovery was made. Every chance I got, if I could think of a way to call a certain skill a "writing trick" I did. Here in this book I've included fourteen of my favorite writing tricks. Even if you did the worksheets simply to teach each skill, you are getting a great value. I encourage you to take each worksheet a step further and help your students learn the Tricks to better writing.

Most worksheets are age appropriate for Grades 3 and older. I've used many of these worksheets with average third graders. Obviously, the older the students, the more skillful they will be at applying each Writing Trick within their writing.

  1. Teach the writing trick using the worksheets.
  2. MAKE the students use the writing trick immediately within a paragraph or story.
  3. Require students to practice the writing tricks for journal time, homework, or future assignments.
  4. When students revise their writing, they have fourteen writing tricks that they can use to improve the quality of their writing.

Elizabeth was one of my fourth grade students a long time ago. She kept her writing trick worksheets in a folder. She was wonderful about using her writing tricks in every assignment.

When the school year ended, she saved her worksheets. She reviewed the worksheets every year and continued to use the writing tricks as she advanced through school. When teachers taught her new writing skills, although they did not call them "writing tricks", she recognized them as writing tricks and continued to grow.

Just before she graduated from the twelfth grade, Elizabeth received an award for outstanding writing at her high school. It was a nice surprise when Elizabeth told me about her accomplishments. She credited her collection of "tricks" as a big part of her success.

You will have many "Elizabeth's" of your own. These writing tricks will become such a strong part of your students' academic lives, they will not forget the one who taught these skills to them.

Since you can only see a few worksheets, here is a list of the writing tricks featured in this book. This will give you an idea of the types of sentences your students will be learning to write:

"When we get to the mall," said Mom, "we'll look for your friend's birthday gift."

Introductory Phrase / Clause:
While we all slept, Santa delivered presents for all of us.

Amy, my best friend in the world, is having a party.

Anthony worked, if you can call that work, for an hour.

Direct Address:
Shawn, you did a great job.

Words in a Series:
At the dance we're going to shake, rattle, and roll all night.

Phrases in a Series:
The cat raced up the tree, across the branch, and over the fence.

A short, chubby man walked into the room.

Vaunting Verbs:
The cheetahs bolted across the field.

Ly-How Adverbs:
The waiter carried the dishes carefully across the room.

Prepositional Phrases:
In the middle of the room happy, little children sat at Mrs. Johnson's feet listening to a story.

Simile / Metaphor:
We raced out of the room like bolts of lightning.

If the music gets any louder my head will explode.

Coach said Jimmy is off the team because he's a loose cannon.

Look Inside Writing Tricks

to see the Table of Contents

to see Sample Worksheet 1

to see Sample Worksheet 2

to see Sample Worksheet 3

to see a sample paragraph using Writing Tricks

Look Inside Writing Tricks Plus

Writing Tricks Plus includes everything from Writing Tricks as well as:

to see a Unit Introduction.

to see sample Journal Activities.

to see a Peer Tutoring
                           Assessment Activity.

to see a Unit Test.

to download an 11 page preview.

This powerful program provides:

  • 14 Writing Tricks with more than 40 ready-to-use worksheets.
  • Lesson Plans to help students use these tricks naturally within the flow of their writing.
  • Journal Topics which help students practice these tricks within the context of their normal writing.

Writing Tricks: eBook
Only $14.95

Note: Writing Tricks
is included in The Complete
Program (Ch. 5).

  Student Workbooks

* Save time making copies.
* Save wear and tear on copy   
* Students can keep all 16 
   writing tricks together for
   easy access and reference  
   during writing assignments.

  See purchasing
  information below.

This powerful program provides:

  • 16 Writing Tricks with more than 70 ready-to-use worksheets.
  • Every step of the learning process is provided. From introducing the writing trick, practicing the skill within the worksheet, to mastering the trick within the context of writing, everything is provided for the teacher.
  • Assessments. The 16 writing tricks are organized into 4 units, each ending with an assessment which allows students to show off their new skills.

Writing Tricks Plus: eBook

Only $17.95

Teacher’s Edition
- Ebook

Note: The eBook version may be purchased for $6.00 with the purchase of the soft cover edition.  Just click "Add eBook" during checkout.  eBook link sent at time of shipping.

Writing Tricks Plus

Soft Cover

Only $19.95

Teacher's Edition - Soft Cover

Note: The eBook version may be purchased for $6.00 with the purchase of the soft cover edition.  Just click "Add eBook" during checkout.  eBook link sent at time of shipping.

  What Are the Biggest Differences Between Writing Tricks  
  and Writing Tricks Plus?

  • Writing Tricks Plus provides everything that writing tricks provides in a step-by-step process. This is nothing for the teacher to do except walk the students through the worksheets. The journal assignments are provided. The peer tutoring instructions are included. Review practice is presented along with four unit assessments and teacher answer keys.
  • All of the above can be accomplished through the eBook Writing Tricks. However, the teacher will need to provide the journal topics, activities, and assessments.
  • Writing Tricks Plus includes the student workbooks option. Save wear and tear on school copy machines as well as the time it takes to make copies of student worksheets. This will further benefit the students by giving them a bound copy of their writing tricks to take with them in future classes. This makes a handy reference year after year.
  • Writing Tricks Plus is available as a soft cover or eBook. Writing Tricks is only available as an eBook.

Student Workbook
3 Pack

$30 ($10 per book)

Student Workbook
25 Pack

$250 ($10 per book)

*1st time purchasers, get 50% off your first order. 25 packs only. Use coupon code: WTP1storder.

Teacher's Edition /
Student Workbooks

1 Teacher's Edition /
10 Student Editions

Bundle Options

The Complete Writing Program ($59 Value) / How To Teach the Five Paragraph Essay ($20 Value) / Writing Tricks Plus: Teacher's Edition ($20 Value)

eBook Bundle: $64

Soft Cover Bundle: $68

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