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Writing skills problem solver
Behrman, Carol H.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass , [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (various paging), illustrations ; 28 cm
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LB1576 .B427 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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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.

Author Notes

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).

Table of Contents

Section 1 Word Usage Help
Topics Addressed: Words Often Confused
Idiomatic Expressions
Illiteracies and Colloquialisms
Double Negatives
Section 2 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 3 Spelling Help
Topics Addressed: Homonyms
Words with ie or ei
Plurals: Final F
Words Commonly Misspelled
Writing Two Words as One
Adding Suffixes
Suffixes: ful/fully
Compound Words
Section 4 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
Adverbs vs. Adjectives
Misplaced Modifiers
Prepositions Misused
Section 5 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
Cutting Superfluous Phrases
Misuse of Dependent Clauses
Inconsistencies in Tense and Number
Confusing Blends
Section 6 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
Changing the Subject
Irrelevant Details
Section 7 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 8 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