The best grammar and composition program for high school students is Glencoe s Writer s Choice. Flexible composition segments can be used in any order to suit your classroom needs. The program is organized with integrated content, real-world applications, extensive opportunities for practice, and unsurpassed resources."
"Writer s Choice: Grammar and Composition" (c) 2005, an integrated language arts program, keeps pace with the current trends in the teaching of writing and related communication skills. Features in both the student and teacher editions build on a solid foundation of instruction including easy-to-understand explanations, clear-cut definitions, real-world examples, and skill-based assessment. The visuals and graphics throughout the textbook engage students' attention and illustrate key concepts and processes. "Writer s Choice" (c) 2005 provides students and teachers with the tools for developing skills in writing, reading, researching, speaking, listening, critical thinking, and viewing and representing."
The Ideas are the main message, the content of the piece, the main theme, together with all the supporting details that enrich and develop that theme. The Ideas are strong when the message is clear, not garbled. The writer chooses details that are interesting, important, and informative–often the kinds of details the reader would not normally anticipate or predict. Successful writers do not "tell" readers things they already know; e.g., "It was a sunny day, and the sky was blue, the clouds were fluffy white …" Successful writers "show" readers that which is normally overlooked; writers seek out the extraordinary, the unusual, the unique, the bits and pieces of life that might otherwise be overlooked.