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Story Starters: Helping Children Write Like They've Never Written Before [Paperback]

By Karen Andreola (Author)
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Story Starters is designed to awaken the dormant writer in your child. It has just the right ingredients to inspire even the reluctant writer or the student who has experienced discouragement. A story starter, along with its accompanying picture, provides a very buoyant jumpstart for creative composition. The student is encouraged to write freely, with zest, with boldness and far more abandon than he may be used to, because he is unencumbered by the usual constraints of more formal exercises. With Story Starters children write like they\'ve never written before. Often a budding writer is suspended in the middle of an intense situation, and then is faced with the question: What happens next? This is his cue to expand and embellish the story as much as he wants. The action-packed stories and dramatic 19th century illustrations were designed especially to appeal to boys. Other stories are calmer. This is a big book only because choices are plentiful. Thumb through the pages to pick ones you like. Whether calm or exciting, each story reflects Biblical virtues. The characters are uncommonly brave and kind-hearted, gracious and generous, variously demonstrating respect for elders, patience, fortitude, or quick wits. Grades 4-12.

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This lively approach to creative writing has the right ingredients to inspire even a reluctant writer.The story starters are mini adventures that suspend a student in the middle of a predicament. ?What happens next?? is his cue to write freely, with imagination and zest, to expand and embellish the story however he wants. To spark even more curiosity, each story is illustrated with one or more engaging 19th century pictures. The settings are sometimes intense, sometimes funny, sometimes sweetly domestic, but always pose a challenge. Here is your student's opportunity to rescue those in danger, comfort the sick, cheer the lonely, laugh with the ridiculous, tame the wild, and do battle for good. Story Starters is a non-consumable, lavishly illustrated, multi-skill level (grade 4-12) supplementary English course. Story Starters is designed to: -Replace dry, dull writing with exciting writing-Invoke sympathy for characters and encourage writing with feeling-Expand a child's literary powers

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Charlotte Mason Research & Supply
Pages   458
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.8" Width: 8.6" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   2.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
ISBN  188920904X  
ISBN13  9781889209043  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Author of the perennial bestseller A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning, and pioneer of the Charlotte Mason educational movement in America.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Story Starters: Helping Children Write Like They've Never Written Before?

Very good!  Aug 31, 2008
It is filled with lots of good stories. We use it for my nine year old son and he likes it and we like the stories very much!
Excellent  May 19, 2008
This book is very helpful for getting the child's imagination to come out. My daughter loves writing a lot more by doing these stories. She is also able to teach my younger son by reading to him and having him come up with the rest of the story. I highly recommend this book.
Great writing resource!  Sep 26, 2007
I am a homeschooling mom of a 6 year old girl and a 9 year old boy. We just received this wonderful book by Karen Andreola and have only tried it out once so far, but I have flipped through the book and read some of the stories. There are many different kinds of wonderful stories to chose from. I did one with my 6 year old daughter and I actually walked her through the writing process instead of just letting her write, as she is so young, but I think she learned a lot from it. She asked me the very next day if we could "do another one"...and the next day. Karen has a whole section in the front on how to use the book and writing tips that are very helpful. I think this is a wonderful book and look forward to using this with my children.
You have GOT to try this book if writing is an "issue"  Sep 4, 2007
We've been a homeschooling family from the beginning and my kids are 10 and 12 now. Teaching writing has always been a struggle for me, and the kids did not like writing at all. This book has the beginnings of very interesting stories, and the students' job is to write the ending. Each story starter also has guidelines (have the characters speak, describe the scene) suggestions for "vivid verbs", "artful adjectives" and more. My kids, who have NEVER liked writing, got so into it, I had to give them extra time to finish. The book has a section for educators that has a lot of useful information. Before I bought this book, I checked it out from the library to make sure I liked it. I ended up ordering it on this site before we started the second story!
excellent  May 7, 2007
We're just getting started, but our children ages 9 & 11 love this! And this concept could lead them to other activities, too.

This book was carefully thought out and well written. So far, we are all very impressed and glad we made this purchase.

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