The Excellence in Literature (Reading and Writing Through the Classics) Handbook for Writers is a massive resource beneficial to both you and your students. It will help to bridge any gaps that exist in the fundamentals of writing as your students move through high school and into college. What does that mean? It can help struggling writers improve their skills and become good writers and it can help good writers become great writers. With 420-pages, (did I mention this handbook is HUGE? There are 21 Content pages to direct you where you need to be that make it easy to maneuver around.) the Handbook explains the basic principles of grammar, style, and usage that every writer needs to know and use. A mechanical reference tool, the Handbook offers hints, tips, suggestions, and examples that help students see firsthand how to write in the real world. Because in the "real world" there WILL be writing.
The Handbook for Writers covers all of the basics. Really, truly, it's all in here. From defining topic sentences and making quality outlines to choosing the correct words and capitalizing and punctuating like a champ, there is something included for every student right where they are. The section that we are finding most useful at the moment is the one that covers the Criteria for Making Literary Evaluations. The Eagle Scout is studying through this section for hints and helps on better deciphering the questions on the ACT (he'll be taking it again in December) and both he and the Princess are utilizing the criteria set forth as they read the book for this month's Book Club. We are reading Our Town with plans to see the play after Book Club. It is much easier for them to prepare for Book Club discussions when they understand the context of evaluating what they read.
Just a note for you: for purposes of review, I received the Handbook in eBook format, but if you prefer to hold it in your hands and allow your students to explore through the pages, I would strongly recommend purchasing the physical copy of the book. This is one of those books that I know we'll be using for years and years to come. It's good folks. Really, really good. I'm working on printing a copy for our shelves and placing it in a 3-ring binder.
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