Many parents have asked me where they can get guidelines for MLA and APA formatting. Here are two websites that have easy to follow guide lines for both.
There are also books on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble that are easy to follow and would be helpful in understanding formatting. Having a book on formatting with you at all times makes for an easy reference.
I suggest you begin teaching a specified format around 6th grade. I used MLA, but I think that either MLA or ABA is fine, because once a student learns one type of formatting it is easy to switch to another if it is required.
Yeah! Yeah! My newest book, The Book on How To Really Teach Writing, that has taken a year to write and published, is now on the website and on Currclick and doing well. I am certain that it will help teachers and parents do a better job of teaching writing. That is the goal, and everyone that has seen the book agrees that it really does make teaching writing so much easier.
I am also getting comments like, “Wow! Poetry Too!” Yes, there is a poetry section as well as a reading comprehension lesson that can be applied throughout the year at any skill level, as long as the students can read.
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The new book I have been working on is almost finished. It is taking a bit longer because I decided to add a poetry section. It is a genre that children love once they get into it, and is a nice addition. The book discusses the real reasons children hate writing, and why teachers do not like to teach writing. It addresses ways to make teaching writing much easier for parents and teachers, and it provides ideas to make writing fun and challenging for children. We are hoping to get it to the printers soon and have it available by fall.
A fellow teacher and dear friend came for a visit, and read the book in its entirety. She remarked that the book is so needed because it really addresses the problem of teaching writing for everyone involved. She agreed that the poetry unit would be a great addition, and helped me gather materials and write it. It is certainly nice to have a fellow master teacher give feedback and lend a hand.
I just wanted to let you know that our blog was selected as one of the “100 Best Blogs for Homeschooling Moms.” I took a look and it is really a good place to go for information and resources. The address is http://www.onlineeducation.net/2009/08/16/100-best-blogs-for-homeschooling-moms/.