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Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Novel Study Ideas Tags: reading comprehension strategies

From time to time, I like to go beyond the standard book report or book review, and mix it up with different types of writing assignments and projects. Gets the kids thinking differently, and it can be more interesting and fun. Take a look at these ideas that can be used for any novel, for independent study, or in a group setting: 

Writing and Art Activities:

Journal and Other Projects

More Reading Activities:

Here are some ideas for doing an author study.

Here are some ideas for more visual types of projects.



Harcourt Reading Grammar and Spelling Workbooks Tags: harcourt grammar worksheets grammar reading worksheets spelling worksheets

These Harcourt PDF workbooks are free to download: 

Grade 1 Reading Practice: includes phonics, spelling, and comprehension exercises

Grade 1 Grammar Practiceincludes exercises on sentences, word order, nouns, pronouns

Grade 2 Reading Practice

Grade 3 Grammar Practice

Grade 3 Reading Practice

Grade 3 Spelling Practice (Note: scroll past the first 9 pages of the pdf, which are blank. First lesson begins on p 10)

Grade 4 Reading Practice

Grade 4 Spelling Practice

Grade 5 Reading Practice

Grade 5 Grammar Practice

Grade 5 Spelling Practice

Grade 6 Grammar Practice

Grade 6 Assessments: This one, by Glencoe, includes pages for reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, and writing. 

Free grammar lesson videos can be viewed at: Harcourt Grammar Snap Grades 1 - 6



Writing Helps Tags: writing skills writing worksheets essay writing writing exercises writing techniques

Here are some resources to help improve writing skills  -- and avoid those word crimes: 

 

Digital Education Network: Their writing course,

called Writing Den, has sections on grammar rules and writing tips for sentences, paragraphs, and essays; a vocabulary word-of-the day email signup; and a guide to help you use and navigate the site. There are other dens you can visit, such as MathDen, and the site also has software tutorials (eg. Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, Office, others).

 

Other ways to say common things:

 

 

Descriptive and Narrative Writing SkillsActivities to help develop them.

 

WriteSource is a K – 12 site offering prompts for writing personal compositions or for journal writing. For each grade, there are also different types of student writing samples, such as personal narratives, expository and descriptive paragraphs, reports and creative writing. At the high school level, you can view samples of different types of essays, responses to literature, and research writing.

Writing Worksheets

Citations How To Video:

Essay Writing Instructions: Download for writing expository, descriptive, argumentative, comparison/contrast, and persuasive essays.

SAS Curriculum Pathways' Writing Navigator Suite of Tools: Leads students through a step-by-step writing process. There's the Writing Planner which helps students to state a purpose, define the audience, and generate and organize ideas. Writing Drafterprovides a framework for developing ideas into a first draft. You build an essay section by section, at the end of which you are prompted to analyze sentences, word usage and transitions. The essay can then be opened in the Writing Reviser, which points out potential problem areas, like cliches or misplaced modifiers. It also presents checklists of questions regarding the structure of your essay, sentence variety and clarity, verb tenses, and other things. 

 

Thesis Generator: Type in your topic, your opinion on the topic, some reasons supporting your opinion, an argument against your opinion, and the generator comes up with several possible thesis statements.

Graphic Organizers: These are from Holt, including main idea, drawing conclusions, sequencing, comparison/constrast, and others.

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