Writing Tricks Plus+

What are Writing Tricks?

  1.   Quick and easy ways to improve your students' writing skills.
  2.  Techniques to help students apply grammar skills, punctuation skills, and even poetry within their writing.
  3.  Powerful ways to meet your state's writing standard: "Uses a variety of sentence structure."
  4.  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.

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Student Consumables and Bundle Options Available (See Below)

How Writing Tricks Plus Works

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

What do Writing Tricks Look Like?

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.

What Grade Levels Will Benefit?

Most worksheets are age appropriate for Grade 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.

The Power of Writing Tricks

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 sixteen 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.

Student Consumables

Benefits of purchasing student consumables:

  1. Save time making copies of the worksheets and tests.
  2. Spare your copy machine the workload of making class sets of worksheets and tests.
  3. Allow students to keep all the worksheets in one place. The worksheets make a handy review during the writing process.


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