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Writing & Spelling

The following are recommended books for parents and educators.

Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Reading Success (Grades K-2)
Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Reading Success (Grades K-2)
By: Wiley Blevins

Phonemic awareness—the understanding that words are made up of sounds—is essential to a child's early reading success. With this book, children gain this awareness through engaging, easy to teach activities.

Unlocking Literacy
Unlocking Literacy
By: Marcia K. Henry

This innovative book provides general and special educators with teaching strategies to help students from pre-kindergarten to middle school learn to read and spell accurately by integrating two important, interlocking skills: decoding and spelling. The book is filled with classroom activities, lesson plans, samples of students' work, and extensive word lists organized by students' age and ability levels. Unlock literacy by expanding literacy skills and knowledge, boosting early literacy and language development, beginning formal reading and writing instruction, and deepening students' proficiency with language! The decoding model has been found to be effective for students with or without learning disabilities and English language learners.

Write Right!: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and Style
Write Right!: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and Style
By: Jan Venolia

This popular desktop guide to punctuation, grammar, and style was first published two decades ago. Now in its third revision, Write Right! reflects how the language has changed since the book first appeared. The updated information in this new version makes it even more useful as a handy guide. Write Right! simplifies the most important points of written English. The quotations from literature and politics that demonstrate proper usage add an element of fun to the book's practical advice. Lists of frequently misspelled and misused words help the writer avoid embarrassing mistakes. Write Right! belongs at your side — at work, in the home, or at school.

Writing Better: Effective Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties
Writing Better: Effective Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties
By: Steven Graham, Karen R. Harris

This practical guidebook shows elementary school teachers how to make this systematic instruction part of their classroom. Educators will find a wide range of specific strategies.

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