PenPrompts Collections consist of formal writing prompts with shared characteristics. Some collections are discipline specific, others are topical, but all the collections follow the same template. Each of the collections is designed for teens (grade 8 and above) and adults, including traditional college age students (18–22) and older adults in credit-granting programs.
The student material for each prompt in a collection is a self-contained writing lesson. Its job is to get the student started on the writing task without asking the teacher for help.
The teacher material is designed to help teachers chose the most appropriate prompts for their students. Teacher material also provides resources, including informal writing prompts, group activities, and information about how each prompt aligns with the Common Core State Standards and the 2001 so-called “Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy” edited by Loren W. Anderson and David R. Krathwohl.
Ready, Set, Write!
Ready, Set, Write! is a collection of 20 expository writing prompts, each wrapped in writing lesson for teens and adults who are not yet competent writers. Each lesson focuses on ELA topics and drills students on the basics of writing.
Ready, Set, Write! comes as a package of digital resources that contains aids to help you teach well, including The PenPrompts Collections Handbook to answer questions you may have about using the materials.
You get individual copies of all 20 student lessons in .docx and .pdf versions. Just fill in the due date and each prompt is ready for students’ use.
The students are personalized with language that says you are allowed to use the copyrighted prompts with your students. The permission is good for your entire career.
Visit the Ready, Set, Write! page at yctwriting.com for more information about the contents of the package.
Ready, Set, Write! costs $39.99. It is available through FatFreeCart and delivered via E-junkie.com. If you wish to buy more than one collection of prompts, use my E-junkie storefront under my name, Linda Aragoni.
Bullying Begins as Words, expanded 2nd ed.
This second, expanded version of Bullying Begins as Words promotes better expository writing by focusing on topics other than writing that are typically part of the ELA curriculum, such as figurative language, character development in literature, and oral communication.
Bullying Begins as Words is delivered as part of a package of digital products, including an ebook that puts the students’ and teacher’s material in one place, a copy of The PenPrompts Collection Handbook, and individual copies of the prompts in .docx and .pdf versions.
Bullying Begins as Words‘ 15 prompts are evenly divided into sets of prompts for not-yet-competent writers, competent writers, and proficient writers. The Handbook explains how those groups are defined.
The lessons/prompts are personalized with language that says you are allowed to use the copyrighted prompts with your students. The permission is good for your entire career.
Visit the Bullying Begins as Words page at yctwriting.com for more information about the contents of the package.
Bullying Begins as Words costs $29.99. It is available through FatFreeCart and delivered via E-junkie.com. If you wish to buy more than one collection of prompts, use my E-junkie storefront under my name, Linda Aragoni.
The Writing Teacher’s ABCs
The Writing Teacher’s ABCs provides help for new, scared stiff, nonfiction writing teachers. Everything they need to know to get started teaching teens or adults to write nonfiction is laid out from A to Z.
Instead of telling everything new teachers might need to know, I’ve focused on the least they need to know.
My experience, and that of others who were thrown into teaching writing without any preparation other than the title of the required text, is that if new writing teachers can keep two weeks ahead of the students, they can get through the course. The experience of teaching will provide all the rest of the information they need.
The chapters don’t need to be read in A to Z order. For example, someone worried about whether they can possibly succeed as a writing teacher can go directly to chapter Q to find the necessary qualifications for teaching nonfiction.
The Writing Teacher’s ABCs is available from in three digital formats: EPUB for iPad and other ebook readers and phones, MOBI for Kindle, and in pdf format for computer viewing. Visit the #ABCwrite page at LeanPub to learn more about the content and select the amount you wish to pay for it.