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Title:
The writing teacher's book of lists : with ready-to-use activities and worksheets
Author:
Muschla, Gary Robert.
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xxiii, 341 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780787970802
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Book

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Summary

This is the second edition of the unique information source and timesaver for English and language arts teachers. The Writing Teacher's Book of Lists with Ready-to-Use Activities and Worksheets includes 90 useful lists for developing instructional materials and planning lessons for elementary and secondary students. In addition, the book includes innovative activities and reproducible black line masters that help students to improve their writing skills, word usage, and vocabulary. For quick access and easy use, all of these lists and activities are organized into seven sections and individually printed in a format that can be photocopied as many times as required for individual or group instruction. This handy resource is filled with helpful lists, activities, teaching suggestions, and reproducible worksheets.


Author Notes

Gary Robert Muschla, B.A., M.A.T., taught reading and writing for more than twenty-five years at Appleby School in Spotswood, New Jersey


Table of Contents

About the Authorp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xx
About This Bookp. xxi
How to Use This Bookp. xxii
Section 1 Lists and Activities for Special Words and Word Groups
1 Synonymsp. 3
Teaching Suggestionsp. 3
Activity 1 Worksheet 1 "My Favorite Thing to Do"p. 3
Activity 2 Creating Synonym Word Findsp. 3
List 1--Synonymsp. 5
Worksheet 1p. 8
2 Antonymsp. 9
Teaching Suggestionsp. 9
Activity 1 Worksheet 2 "A Matter of Character"p. 9
Activity 2 Creating Antonym Crossword Puzzlesp. 10
List 2--Antonymsp. 11
Worksheet 2p. 13
3 Homographsp. 14
Teaching Suggestionsp. 14
Activity 1 Worksheet 3 "The Concert"p. 14
Activity 2 "The Event"p. 14
List 3--Homographsp. 15
Worksheet 3p. 18
4 Homophonesp. 19
Teaching Suggestionsp. 19
Activity 1 Worksheet 4 "Jennifer's Party"p. 19
Activity 2 "Weathered Event"p. 19
List 4--Homophonesp. 20
Worksheet 4p. 24
5 Hard-to-Spell Words (Intermediate)p. 25
Teaching Suggestionsp. 25
Activity 1 Worksheet 5 "A Time of Great Emotion"p. 25
Activity 2 Maintaining Personal Spelling Listsp. 26
List 5--Hard-to-Spell Words (Intermediate)p. 27
Worksheet 5p. 30
6 Hard-to-Spell Words (Advanced)p. 31
Teaching Suggestionsp. 31
Activity 1 Worksheet 6 "The Day I Met..."p. 31
Activity 2 Spelling Bee with a Twistp. 32
List 6--Hard-to-Spell Words (Advanced)p. 34
Worksheet 6p. 37
7 Easily Confused Wordsp. 38
Teaching Suggestionsp. 38
Activity 1 Worksheet 7 "Spaceman in the Backyard"p. 38
Activity 2 "The Day I Met an Alien"p. 39
List 7--Easily Confused Wordsp. 40
Worksheet 7p. 44
8 Sound Wordsp. 45
Teaching Suggestionsp. 45
Activity 1 Worksheet 8 "Sound Poems"p. 45
Activity 2 "A Listening Adventure"p. 46
List 8--Sound Wordsp. 47
Worksheet 8p. 48
9 Compound Wordsp. 49
Teaching Suggestionsp. 49
Activity 1 Worksheet 9 "Cookies for the Class Trip"p. 49
Activity 2 "How Many Can You Find?"p. 50
List 9--Compound Wordsp. 51
Worksheet 9p. 54
10 Sensory Wordsp. 55
Teaching Suggestionsp. 55
Activity 1 Worksheet 10 "Smelling the Roses"p. 55
Activity 2 "In the Eye of the Beholder"p. 55
List 10--Sensory Wordsp. 56
Worksheet 10p. 59
11 Time Wordsp. 60
Teaching Suggestionsp. 60
Activity 1 Worksheet 11 "An Accounting of the Day"p. 60
Activity 2 Writing an Autobiographical Sketchp. 60
List 11--Time Wordsp. 61
Worksheet 11p. 62
Section 2 Lists and Activities for Nonfiction Writing
12 Advertising Wordsp. 65
Teaching Suggestionsp. 65
Activity 1 Worksheet 12 "Being an Ad Writer"p. 65
Activity 2 Writing a Classified Adp. 66
List 12--Advertising Wordsp. 67
Worksheet 12p. 68
13 Business Wordsp. 69
Teaching Suggestionsp. 69
Activity 1 Worksheet 13 "Starting Your Own Business"p. 69
Activity 2 "A Profile of Success"p. 69
List 13--Business Wordsp. 70
Worksheet 13p. 71
14 Consumer Wordsp. 72
Teaching Suggestionsp. 72
Activity 1 Worksheet 14 "Being a Smart Consumer"p. 72
Activity 2 Writing a Letter to a Companyp. 72
List 14--Consumer Wordsp. 74
Worksheet 14p. 75
Background Sheet 14 "Sample Business-Letter Forms"p. 76
15 Craft Wordsp. 77
Teaching Suggestionsp. 77
Activity 1 Worksheet 15 "I Made It"p. 77
Activity 2 "The How and Why of Doing a Craft"p. 77
List 15--Craft Wordsp. 78
Worksheet 15p. 79
16 Ecology Wordsp. 80
Teaching Suggestionsp. 80
Activity 1 Worksheet 16 "A Speech About the Environment"p. 80
Activity 2 "Changing Places"p. 80
List 16--Ecology Wordsp. 82
Worksheet 16p. 84
17 Education Wordsp. 85
Teaching Suggestionsp. 85
Activity 1 Worksheet 17 "What's Right and Wrong with My School"p. 85
Activity 2 "If I Were a Teacher"p. 86
List 17--Education Wordsp. 87
Worksheet 17p. 89
18 Food Wordsp. 90
Teaching Suggestionsp. 90
Activity 1 Worksheet 18 "It's Time to Feast"p. 90
Activity 2 Making a Meal Planp. 90
List 18--Food Wordsp. 92
Worksheet 18p. 93
19 Words of Government and Politicsp. 94
Teaching Suggestionsp. 94
Activity 1 Worksheet 19 "Personal Policies"p. 94
Activity 2 "A Student Bill of Rights"p. 94
List 19--Words of Government and Politicsp. 96
Worksheet 19p. 98
20 Health Wordsp. 99
Teaching Suggestionsp. 99
Activity 1 Worksheet 20 "A Subject of Health"p. 99
Activity 2 "How to Get Along with People"p. 99
List 20--Health Wordsp. 101
Worksheet 20p. 102
21 HistoryWordsp. 103
Teaching Suggestionsp. 103
Activity 1 Worksheet 21 "I Was There"p. 103
Activity 2 "I Wish I Lived Back Then"p. 103
List 21--History Wordsp. 105
Worksheet 21p. 108
22 Hobby Wordsp. 109
Teaching Suggestionsp. 109
Activity 1 Worksheet 22 "My Hobby"p. 109
Activity 2 Writing About After-School Hobbiesp. 109
List 22--Hobby Wordsp. 110
Worksheet 22p. 111
23 Math Wordsp. 112
Teaching Suggestionsp. 112
Activity 1 Worksheet 23 "A Time for Math"p. 112
Activity 2 "When Two and Two Do Not Equal Four"p. 112
List 23--Math Wordsp. 114
Worksheet 23p. 117
24 Music Wordsp. 118
Teaching Suggestionsp. 118
Activity 1 Worksheet 24 "My Kind of Music"p. 118
Activity 2 Making Musicp. 118
List 24--Music Wordsp. 120
Worksheet 24p. 122
25 Words of Newspapers and Magazinesp. 123
Teaching Suggestionsp. 123
Activity 1 Worksheet 25 "Get the Scoop!"p. 124
Activity 2 Writing an Editorialp. 124
List 25--Words of Newspapers and Magazinesp. 125
Worksheet 25p. 127
Background Sheet 25 "Tips for Effective Interviews"p. 128
26 Science Wordsp. 129
Teaching Suggestionsp. 129
Activity 1 Worksheet 26 "Writing About Science"p. 129
Activity 2 Recording an Observationp. 129
List 26--Science Wordsp. 130
Worksheet 26p. 133
27 Sports Wordsp. 134
Teaching Suggestionsp. 134
Activity 1 Worksheet 27 "The Rules and Strategies of the Game"p. 134
Activity 2 Being a Sportswriterp. 134
List 27--Sports Wordsp. 135
Worksheet 27p. 136
28 Travel Wordsp. 137
Teaching Suggestionsp. 137
Activity 1 Worksheet 28 "Traveling Around"p. 137
Activity 2 Taking an Imaginary Tripp. 137
List 28--Travel Wordsp. 138
Worksheet 28p. 139
Section 3 Lists and Activities for Fiction Writing
29 Words of Adventure and Romancep. 143
Teaching Suggestionsp. 143
Activity 1 Worksheet 29 "The Continuing Adventures of ..."p. 143
Activity 2 Writing About the Complete Characterp. 143
List 29--Words of Adventure and Romancep. 145
Worksheet 29p. 147
30 Words of Folklorep. 148
Teaching Suggestionsp. 148
Activity 1 Worksheet 30 "Inventing a Folktale"p. 148
Activity 2 "A Local Legend"p. 149
List 30--Words of Folklorep. 150
Worksheet 30p. 152
31 Words of Mythologyp. 153
Teaching Suggestionsp. 153
Activity 1 Worksheet 31 "A Modern Myth"p. 153
Activity 2 Writing Nature Mythsp. 154
List 31--Words of Mythologyp. 155
Worksheet 31p. 156
32 Words of Playsp. 157
Teaching Suggestionsp. 157
Activity 1 Worksheet 32 "Writing a Play"p. 157
Activity 2 Reviewing a Playp. 158
List 32--Words of Playsp. 159
Worksheet 32p. 160
Background Sheet 32a "A Simple Structure for a Play"p. 161
Background Sheet 32b "Play Format"p. 162
33 Words of Science Fiction and Fantasyp. 164
Teaching Suggestionsp. 164
Activity 1 Worksheet 33 "A Story About the Fantastic"p. 164
Activity 2 Reviewing Science Fiction or Fantasyp. 164
List 33--Words of Science Fiction and Fantasyp. 166
Worksheet 33p. 168
34 Words of Screenplaysp. 169
Teaching Suggestionsp. 169
Activity 1 Worksheet 34 "My Movie"p. 169
Activity 2 Being a Critic of the Big Screenp. 170
List 34--Words of Screenplaysp. 171
Worksheet 34p. 172
Background Sheet 34 "Screenplay Format"p. 173
35 Spy, Detective, and Mystery Wordsp. 176
Teaching Suggestionsp. 176
Activity 1 Worksheet 35 "Creating a Hero"p. 176
Activity 2 "A Mysterious Occurrence"p. 176
List 35--Spy, Detective, and Mystery Wordsp. 178
Worksheet 35p. 179
36 Western Wordsp. 180
Teaching Suggestionsp. 180
Activity 1 Worksheet 36 "Writing a Western"p. 180
Activity 2 "Going Back in Time"p. 180
List 36--Western Wordsp. 181
Worksheet 36p. 182
Section 4 Lists and Activities for Writing Style
37 Phrases of Alliterationp. 185
Teaching Suggestionsp. 185
Activity 1 Worksheet 37 "Personal Poetry"p. 185
Activity 2 "A Big Storm"p. 185
List 37--Phrases of Alliterationp. 187
Worksheet 37p. 188
38 Clichesp. 189
Teaching Suggestionsp. 189
Activity 1 Worksheet 38 "The Major Mix-up"p. 189
Activity 2 "Mistakes Parents Make and What Can Be Done About Them"p. 189
List 38--Clichesp. 191
Worksheet 38p. 193
39 Idiomsp. 194
Teaching Suggestionsp. 194
Activity 1 Worksheet 39 "The Surprise Party"p. 194
Activity 2 Conducting an Idiom Scavenger Huntp. 195
List 39--Idiomsp. 196
Worksheet 39p. 197
40 Figures of Speechp. 198
Teaching Suggestionsp. 198
Activity 1 Worksheet 40 "An Enjoyable Day"p. 198
Activity 2 Writing a Nightmare Poemp. 198
List 40--Figures of Speechp. 199
Worksheet 40p. 200
41 Jargonp. 201
Teaching Suggestionsp. 201
Activity 1 Worksheet 41 "Planning Your Future"p. 201
Activity 2 Having Fun with Jargonp. 202
List 41--Jargonp. 203
Worksheet 41p. 205
42 Overblown (Redundant) Phrasesp. 206
Teaching Suggestionsp. 206
Activity 1 Worksheet 42 "The Big Test"p. 206
Activity 2 Creating Imagesp. 207
List 42--Overblown (Redundant) Phrasesp. 208
Worksheet 42p. 210
43 Sequential Words and Phrasesp. 211
Teaching Suggestionsp. 211
Activity 1 Worksheet 43 "A Great Responsibility"p. 211
Activity 2 "Follow My Directions"p. 211
List 43--Sequential Words and Phrasesp. 212
Worksheet 43p. 213
44 Transitional Words and Phrasesp. 214
Teaching Suggestionsp. 214
Activity 1 Worksheet 44 "Highlights"p. 214
Activity 2 "Why Students Succeed (or Fail)"p. 214
List 44--Transitional Words and Phrasesp. 215
Worksheet 44p. 216
Section 5 Rules, Checklists, and Activities for Student Writers
45 Parts of Speechp. 219
Teaching Suggestionsp. 219
Activity 1 Worksheet 45 "Finding All the Parts"p. 219
Activity 2 "Cyber World"p. 219
List 45--Parts of Speechp. 221
Worksheet 45p. 222
46 Sentences, Fragments, and Run-onsp. 223
Teaching Suggestionsp. 223
Activity 1 Worksheet 46 "The Decision"p. 223
Activity 2 "An Admirable Profession"p. 224
List 46--Sentences, Fragments, and Run-onsp. 225
Worksheet 46p. 226
47 Rules for Capitalizationp. 227
Teaching Suggestionsp. 227
Activity 1 Worksheet 47 "A Capital Idea"p. 227
Activity 2 Writing About an Imaginary Petp. 228
List 47--Rules for Capitalizationp. 229
Worksheet 47p. 230
48 Rules for Punctuationp. 231
Teaching Suggestionsp. 231
Activity 1 Worksheet 48 "Punctuation Corrector"p. 231
Activity 2 Writing Without Punctuationp. 232
List 48--Rules for Punctuationp. 233
Worksheet 48p. 236
49 Spelling Rulesp. 237
Teaching Suggestionsp. 237
Activity 1 Worksheet 49 "A Spelling Challenge"p. 237
Activity 2 Creating Student-Generated Spelling Quizzesp. 238
List 49--Spelling Rulesp. 239
Worksheet 49p. 241
50 Irregular Verbsp. 242
Teaching Suggestionsp. 242
Activity 1 Worksheet 50 "And the Correct Verb Is ..."p. 242
Activity 2 Writing About Exceptions to the Ordinaryp. 242
List 50--Irregular Verbsp. 244
Worksheet 50p. 246
51 Verb Tensesp. 247
Teaching Suggestionsp. 247
Activity 1 Worksheet 51 "About Time ..."p. 247
Activity 2 "A Wish"p. 247
List 51--Verb Tensesp. 249
Worksheet 51p. 250
52 Major Categories of Pronounsp. 251
Teaching Suggestionsp. 251
Activity 1 Worksheet 52 "Pick Your Pronouns"p. 251
Activity 2 "A Family Tradition"p. 252
List 52--Major Categories of Pronounsp. 253
Worksheet 52p. 255
53 Common Prepositionsp. 256
Teaching Suggestionsp. 256
Activity 1 Worksheet 53 "Preposition Hunt"p. 256
Activity 2 "An Ideal Job"p. 257
List 53--Common Prepositionsp. 258
Worksheet 53p. 259
54 Prewriting Checklistp. 260
Teaching Suggestionsp. 260
Activity 1 Worksheet 54 "It's Your Pick"p. 260
Activity 2 Writing About Changesp. 261
List 54--Prewriting Checklistp. 262
Worksheet 54p. 264
Background Sheet 54 "Simple Outline Format"p. 265
55 Target Audience Checklistp. 266
Teaching Suggestionsp. 266
Activity 1 Worksheet 55 "A Personal Message"p. 266
Activity 2 Persuading Your Peersp. 267
List 55--Target Audience Checklistp. 268
Worksheet 55p. 269
56 Checklist for Organizing Nonfictionp. 270
Teaching Suggestionsp. 270
Activity 1 Worksheet 56 "A Person Who Made a Difference in My Life"p. 270
Activity 2 "Reviewing in Groups"p. 270
List 56--Checklist for Organizing Nonfictionp. 272
Worksheet 56p. 273
57 Checklist for Revisionp. 274
Teaching Suggestionsp. 274
Activity 1 Worksheet 57 "It's Tough Being Young" and Worksheet 57a, "Revision Rating Sheet"p. 274
Activity 2 Revising the Essayp. 275
List 57--Checklist for Revisionp. 276
Worksheet 57p. 277
Worksheet 57ap. 278
58 Checklist for Revising Fictionp. 279
Teaching Suggestionsp. 279
Activity 1 Worksheet 58 "The Guest"p. 279
Activity 2 Self-Editingp. 280
List 58--Checklist for Revising Fictionp. 281
Worksheet 58p. 282
59 Proofreading Checklistp. 283
Teaching Suggestionsp. 283
Activity 1 Worksheet 59 "The New Kid in Town"p. 283
Activity 2 Proofreading Practicep. 284
List 59--Proofreading Checklistp. 285
Worksheet 59p. 287
Section 6 Special Lists for Student Writers
60 Traits of Good Writersp. 291
61 Story Partsp. 292
62 Guidelines for Finding Ideas for Writingp. 293
63 100 Writing Cuesp. 294
64 Editor's Proofreading Marksp. 299
65 Types of Writingp. 300
66 Common Writing Mistakes (and How to Fix them)p. 301
67 Guidelines for Writing a Query Letterp. 304
68 Manuscript Preparationp. 305
69 Markets for the Writing of Studentsp. 307
70 Web Sites for Student Writersp. 310
71 Writer's Glossaryp. 311
72 The Writing Processp. 315
73 Bibliography Formatp. 317
74 Footnote/Endnote Formatp. 318
75 Formats for Citing Electronic Sourcesp. 319
76 Books for Students About Writers and Writingp. 320
77 Common Abbreviationsp. 321
78 State Postal Abbreviationsp. 323
79 Common Initializations and Acronymsp. 324
80 Plagiarism and How to Avoid Itp. 326
81 Steps for Doing a Research Paperp. 327
82 Ways to Improve Your Scores on Writing Testsp. 328
Section 7 Special Lists for Teachers
83 Promoting the "Write" Atmospherep. 331
84 Books and Resources About Teaching Writingp. 332
85 Grading the Writing of Your Studentsp. 333
86 Questions to Help Focus Writing Topicsp. 335
87 Writing Activities for Other Subjectsp. 336
88 Ways to Publish the Writing of Your Studentsp. 339
89 Guidelines for Writer's Conferencesp. 340
90 Self-Appraisal for Teachers of Writingp. 341