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Gary Robert Muschla
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Book Description

1 Jan 2011 0071747168 978-0071747165

Helpful instruction and plenty of practice for your child to master the basics of writing

Understanding writing is essential for your child to write with competence and clarity. Practice Makes Perfect: Mastering Writing gives your child bite-sized explanations of this essential skill, with engaging exercises that keep her or him motivated and excited to learn. They can practice the writing skills that are challenging, polish skills they’ve mastered, and stretch themselves to explore skills they have not yet attempted. This title features 170 activities (plus answer key) that increase in difficulty as your child proceeds through the book.

This book is appropriate for a 6th grade student working above his or her grade level, or as a great review and practice for a struggling 7th or 8th grader.

Your student will learn how to:

  • Find and develop ideas for topics
  • Create first drafts
  • Develop sentences and use correct subject-verb agreement
  • Revise and proofread her or his own work

Topics include: Finding and Developing Ideas for Writing, Discovering Ideas, The Value of Keeping a Journal, Focusing Ideas, Developing Ideas, Organizing Ideas, Writing the Draft Sentences: The Foundation of the Draft, Building Paragraphs Using Adjectives and Adverbs, Wisely Order and Sequence, Using Strong Verbs Point of View, Revision, What Is Revision?, Plan for Revision, Revision Peer Consultants, Proofreading, Proofreading Strategies, Proofreading and Computer Screens, The Value of Proofreading Partners

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071747168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071747165
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 21.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gary Robert Muschla (often with his wife Judy Muschla) has authored dozens of successful teacher resource guides for McGraw-Hill, Scholastic Professional and Jossey-Bass (Wiley). His BA and MAT are from Trenton State College, and he taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade for more than 25 years. He specialized in reading and language arts and also taught some math. He has conducted workshops for teachers on how to implement a writing workshop in their classroom. For more info, see

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing startlingly original but useful 11 Sep 2013
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Solid lesson plans and ideas without saying anything new. It provides a useful framework for students to expand their writing. Don't bother buying the kindle edition. The whole point is to use the exercises for photocopied handouts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource 21 May 2013
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I used this book as well as the author's "Exploring Writing" (which is for grades 4-6) to focus on writing with my seventh grader. Each of the books is primarily a series of exercises focusing on the steps in the writing process. There are instructions before each section, but I used primarily the worksheets. An exercise on "Finding and Developing Ideas for Writing," for example, will have a topic, e.g., "The Game," and questions to help the student brainstorm details for a composition on the subject. There are probably 50 of these, and they are organized into topics. The next step, "Writing the Draft," has exercises on grammar, using comparison and contrast, etc., and of course the students would also write drafts using the worksheets from Part I. The "Revision" and "Proofreading" sections have actual compositions for the student to revise or proofread, so the student gets practice revising and proofing someone's work besides her own (hugely helpful). It is a tremendous resource for writing prompts, and the worksheets with questions are a wonderful help to elicit details for the composition.

I purchased these from a local bookstore on a whim, out of desperation for something to use for my daughter who is (was!) a horrible writer. After a school year using a variety of resources and many, many of the exercises from these two books, she is vastly improved. Considering what I have spent on other writing programs, hammering on the steps in the writing process using the exercises in this series has been by far the best time and money I have spent. No matter how busy I am on other subjects, I can pull a worksheet or two out of one of these books and get her started on a helpful writing exercise. She has made tremendous strides this year, and this has been a very valuable tool in our arsenal.
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