Book Reviews: Finding King Onomatopoeia and Other Stories by Lee B. Woodscategories: Book, Student Writing, Language Arts, Descriptive Grammar, Home School, Creative Writing, Writing Prompts, Parent Home Schools, Home School Groups, Home School Academies, Collaborative Writing, Elementary School Writing, Writing and Editing, Writing
Lee B. Woodsabout this book: You’re a home school student who’s facing writing prompts that bore you beyond words. Let’s face it. Wouldn’t you rather have prompts that give you the creative opportunity to write about things you want to write about? Like your own life, your friends, your hopes, your dreams—-all those interesting ideas you have locked inside your truly creative mind. Sure, you say, but where do I go to find out more? Where are the resources, the materials, the books that skip all the weird grammar talk and help me learn to write?
For starters, ask your teacher or your parents. Maybe they'll tell you that you have to stick with existing prompts---no problem, but it sure won't hurt to ask. Most teachers will let you write about other prompts. If you do get the green light, take a look at Lee B. Woods’s new book, "Finding King Onomatopoeia and Other Stories," a book that uses drama, characters, humor, dialogue, suspense, and language play to demonstrate 31 writing techniques, accompanied by the kind of exercises that will help you get ready for just about any test. Don’t worry. The word “grammar” might be used once or twice, but that’s it. As one 7th grader put it, “This is not your father’s book on writing skills.”
The plot-driven episodes demonstrate 31 stories and exercises that entertain while they teach. Wouldn't you like to join student characters James and Jessica Davis, plus a host of kooky characters, as they take on topics such as plagiarism, voice, essays, comma splice, sentence variety, and the importance of writing. As author Woods says, "Fun learning sticks in the mind. Boring learning doesn’t."
• ”OMG that book was awesome. The moment I started reading I was hooked. Instead of reading my other books I choose this one. So you should read this book."
— 6th grade student, Brooklyn, NY.
• "I think it is wonderful! My son [5th grade] also liked what he saw…I am hopeful that other homeschooling families will enjoy it as I have…Thank you so much for this wonderful and useful book."
— A home school mom with the New York Home School Association.
• "The line between storytelling and lessons is well done. Sort of the Aesop's Fables of writing skills. Cleverly written."
— 8th grade student, Florida
• “Thanks for sharing your [site] with me; I bookmarked it so I can come back to it later and see more of your work. I just had the opportunity to read the entries there, and I really enjoyed them; I think they can be very helpful to middle school students who are in writing courses…You have such terrific ideas...I used to teach in the middle school grades, and I love the creative journal ideas you write about—I did something similar with the kids in my classroom, and they really enjoyed it.”
— A language arts online school administrator and former teacher.
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Filling a NeedParents who struggle with the how-to of writing or who are working with kids who "hate to write" need this book. His storytelling approach lets students learn while avoiding the typical turn-offs they find in many textbooks. [by Jessica Parnell]
Great for Home SchoolersJust the right approach for middle students who are looking for a book they will want to read. It's 31 stories and exercises that entertain while they instruct. My son loves it, and picks it up every day. Now, we're starting to talk about how good writing is a good thing. Before, he didn't even want to talk about it. [by Tristine Barry]
A ReviewOMG that book was awesome. The moment I started reading I was hooked. Instead of reading my other books I choose this one. So you should read this book. [by Talal Basit]
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