Friday, September 7, 2012

Writing Reference Books for Home Schoolers

To prepare for good writing it's important to have a handy reference book for checking style, tone, syntax, grammar, punctuation and formatting.

Today I will review 2 options for Writers' Manuals.
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 Writers Inc.

First of all, I like the pun in the title.  A book for writers can win me with wit, for sure!

The publisher recommends it for grades 8-12.

Reviewers on Amazon give it 4.6 out of 5 Stars.

Quotes from the reviews include:  

  • "Writers Inc is a fantastic book that helps with all types of writing.    and   
  • "The Best Writing Source that You Haven't Heard About"

From the table of contents, and a quick perusal of the "look inside" feature:  the book  includes extensive material on tools for writing, forms of writing, the writing process, proofreading, and even some charts and tables for reference.

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 Write for College.  

The title of this book, strikes me as having a more serious tone than  Writers Inc.  

The publisher recommends it for grades 10-12.

Reviewers on Amazon give it 4.3 out of 5 Stars.

Comments written by reviewers indicate that is can be used beyond high school for college papers.  And that it is a clear and concise reference book.

Since my needs are for an 8th grader in his first foray into serious literature study and essay writing, I've ordered the Writers Inc.  And maybe will make a second purchase of Write for College in a few years when we've exhausted the material presented in this book.

Do you have a favorite writers manual?

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