QUICK-WRITE Handbooks

For Everyday Writers

Strengthen and Reinforce Students’ Writing Skills.

Concise descriptions give students quick and easy answers to commonly asked writing questions, and guide students step–by–step in writing genres including: Narrative, Descriptive, Expository, Persuasive (Intermediate & Advanced), Drama, Poetry, and Letter Writing. Using the QUICK-WRITE Handbooks, students learn to plan and gather information, how to write a first draft, how to revise, and how to share their writing (including checklists for proofreading). Each of the three levels also covers:

  • Writing ideas and lists of essential words
  • Grammar, usage, and mechanics (GUM)
  • Capitalization and punctuation rules

Get to Know QUICK-WRITE Handbooks

Grades K–8

QUICK-WRITE Handbook for Everyday Writers is available in three levels.

Beginning (Grades 1–3)

In the first half of this handbook, students learn how to write exciting stories, lively descriptions, and clear explanations. They’ll also learn how to write plays, poems, and letters. The second part of this handbook shows students how to find and use the right words in their writing as well as how to use capital letters and punctuation marks.

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)

In the intermediate handbook, students are introduced to the main kinds of writing. The first half covers the different forms for each kind of writing, tips for planning writing including samples of graphic organizers, tips for writing a first draft, a checklist for revising writing, and suggestions for sharing writing. The second part of the handbook covers grammar, usage, and mechanics (GUM) skills. Students will learn how to choose the right words and use them correctly.

Advanced (Grades 6-8)

The advanced handbook continues to teach students about the main genres of writing. It also reviews the basic rules for writing effectively. The second part of the handbook covers more advanced grammar, usage, and mechanics (GUM) skills. You’ll find help for choosing the right words and using them correctly. There’s also a checklist to guide students in proofreading their final drafts.

These books offer detailed and easy approaches to writing. My students have grown in their writing through the use of these handbooks. They allow students to add more details in their writing and choose words that are more colorful.

—Bria Burch, Virginia

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