Writers become better by writing. In this book, teacher Marilyn Pryle offers plenty of standards-based activities to keep students constantly writing. Students begin with eight "practices" that help them generate ideas and develop habits to improve their writing. Next, they apply these practices as they tackle any of the 42 assignments in narrative, expository and persuasive writing. Includes rubrics, prewriting sheets, graphic organizers, writing models, editing checklists and more. 128 pages. For grades 5 and up.