҉ Workshops (Workbooks)
A hit with English and Creative Writing teachers! Over 75 pages of exercises for your English and Creative Writing class! This workbook contains instructions and individual exercises for writing general fiction, science fiction, fantasy, children’s books, and plays. Plan a semester or a full year around these lessons. Exercises are on individual pages so that you can quickly find a writing lesson when you need it. How many times have you had 10 minutes to fill in class and were at a loss how to fill the time? Pull out this workbook and get a quick idea for a fun writing assignment for your students. Includes individual and group work. Give a workbook to each student in your Creative Writing class! No more photocopying! Perfect for Homeschoolers!
This book describes easy to follow directions for creating poems that touch the heart. It includes writing exercises and prompts for traditional poems like the cinquain and haiku and more modern poetry like generated poems and found poetry. No matter what age you are, these exercises will show you how easy it is to jump into writing poetry! Written by English and Creative writing teachers for their students from middle school to adult.
What is better than reading and writing poetry? Creating poems! This workbook is for older students and adults who want to play with words. There are 12 ideas (exercises) for creating poems by playing with words here, as well as a few examples of poems created by myself and famous poets like Lewis Carroll. The print version has space for students to write in. The Kindle version has those pages removed.
Looking for writing exercises for students? In this workbook you will find 10 focused exercises that build a student’s confidence towards writing their very own short story. The short story workbook walks the student through 10 exercises that focus on plot, setting, dialogue, conflict, and more! The workbook includes exercises in helping students come up with an idea for a short story and mapping out their story.
The Lifetales Workbook brings in over 20 years of experience of lecturing and teaching memoir workshops. The workbook includes tips on getting started, writing prompts to keep you writing, and tips and resources on book layout, publishing, and marketing your completed stories. Be a part of PRESERVING HISTORY…ONE LIFESTORY AT A TIME! The Lifetales Workbook is divided into easy to understand sections that will have you completing your memoirs in no time! Blank pages are included for you to take notes as you read. Sample chapters include: How to get Started, Finding your stories, Dealing with Painful Issues, Publishing your memoir, Memory Sparkers, and much more!
Updated and expanded in 2012, the manual for instructors has more than ever resources to help lead memoir writing workshops in your community! Includes many tools for a potential instructor – how to find venues, how to advertise, what to charge, how to run the workshop, what to do after the workshop, and so much more! It includes sample handouts and sample promotional materials. A helpful guide to help you get started leading workshops on memoir writing in your community. I have been leading workshops since 1998 and share with you my ideas, my research.
҉ Books for Kids
Lily’s Adventures: 2nd Grade Reader by Karen Hamilton Silvestri
Join Lily and her brother Jack as they encounter strange creatures in their adventures. This reader contains 10 short tales with comprehension questions and an activity for each story. All stories are 100% original. Questions align with Common Core Standards (CCS). Use on the projector, as individual worksheets, or at literacy centers. This is an MS Word document so that you can revise questions, activities, etc. All I ask as that you keep my name as the author of the stories themselves.
THE CAVER KING tells the story of Tsami, a brash youth in search of adventure, and Tsado, a sedentary book-wise scholar. Tsami’s dreams of swashbuckling adventure are realized one day when he and Tsado are visited by the “King’s Commissioner’, who assigns them to a task in service of the High King’s Army. After accepting the Commission, they find that there are many obstacles to overcome, and many discoveries to be made. During the journey, they find out that they are not alone in their quest.
The Time Card series follows the adventures and fortunes of three friends – Blue, Jesse, and Ellie – as they use the contents of their newly found case to travel to diverse and exotic places. Their middle school studies come alive as they interact with historical figures of their country and the world, while at the same time struggling to not change the time-line or upset the course of history. Trying to hide the case from present day bullies, the friends try to stay one step ahead of their arch enemies Ryan Johnson and Jake Barker, not to mention sinister otherworld forces who are determined to find the time card.
Join the kids as they explore new worlds, battle bullies, deal with family issues, and ultimately try to save the world. The Time Card is aimed at young readers as short stories that can be read in a single sitting. As English teachers, we are always on the lookout for stories that our students (middle/high school) are interested in reading. We’ve found that most young readers (heck, even many adults!) who are reluctant to read balk at long stories. We really wanted to offer them short, engaging fiction stories, so we created The Time Card series. Anyone will enjoy the stories while learning about history, dealing with social situations, and improving vocabulary and reading skills.
In the first book of the series Blue, Jesse, and Ellie find something strange while fishing. Nothing ever happens in St Andrews, a sleepy little town in North Carolina. Nothing that is, until the appearance of a small tightly sealed metal case. The three middle school friends, 13 year-olds Australian-born Blue, his neighbor Jesse, and Jesse’s sister Ellie live in these backwoods. One day they stumble upon the metal case in a creek while they are fishing. What’s inside it? How can they open it since it has no catches or hinges? There’s something in it, as they can feel the contents rolling around inside. The three friends lose badly as they resist bullies on the bus, but somehow they turn it all around.
In this episode the pilot of the craft that jettisoned the mysterious case meets with a mysterious Admiral and is tasked with retrieving the case before evil forces find it. On earth, Blue, Jesse, and Ellie accidently find themselves in 1776. After Jesse accidently changes the course of history, the friends must race to save Thomas Jefferson before the power runs out on their chronometer.
In episode 3, the pilot who jettisoned the Time Card case, Tam Harnik, heads for earth and encounters trouble with tracking the time card. Blue, Jesse, and Ellie must deal with the nosy Ryan and Jake, who have been snooping around the computer shed. The three friends find themselves chasing the bullies through the past, trying to stop them from upsetting history and changing all their histories. Will they save the timeline? Or will a change in the timeline be something they find they actually want to keep?
In episode 4, Tam Harnik, the pilot from afar continues his search for the missing Time Card case. He tries to remain undetected in the small town of St. Andrews by melting in with the general population. Ellie has a school paper due and talks Blue and Jesse into using the time card to gather research at Harvard. The kids run into trouble when Harvard security questions why three kids are on campus and Ellie tells them the truth. Blue and Jesse have to rescue her from the flabbergasted adults.
In the final episode of the first series, Jake Barker and Ryan Johnson steal the time card, and the three friends must hurry to find it (and Barker) before history is changed. The Daktars threaten again, and Commander Tam Harnik hones in on the kids and the time card.
҉ Books for Adults
Safe Counsel: A Complete Guide to Health Care and Home Remedies in the Late 19th Century by Karen Hamilton
Prof. B. G. Jefferis, M.D., PhD and J. L. Nichols originally published this text in 1897, in a book called Safe Counsel: Search Lights on Health. According to the original authors, “KNOWLEDGE IS SAFETY”, and their medical knowledge from the late 19th century will be of great interest to historians, researchers of women’s issues, and the general reader in light of modern medical, social and scientific advancements. The text will give the reader a deeper understanding of day-to-day life and beliefs during the late 1800’s. This volume covers such topics as: history of marriage, how to choose a spouse, how to propose, how to conduct oneself on the honeymoon, causes of family problems, how to handle jealousy, and how to write a love letter. Charming period illustrations augment the text.
Rock of Ages introduces a world that is headed towards a one world government. The Book of Revelation comes to life in this fast-paced, historically accurate novel. A dramatization of the New Testament Book of Revelation, Rock of Ages departs from the much loved Left Behind series in that the characters ‘stay behind’ willingly. The story is set chiefly in Australia and Israel and tells the story of four friends and their involvement in developments at the end of the age.
In the sequel to Rock of Ages, we follow the Aussies on an international whirlwind that reunites them explosively in Israel, and not just from the weapons. Effie’s fiancée is executed on the drug-ridden streets of Sydney, she holds god personally responsible, and cynically withdraws from her devout Christian life, turning her energies to teaching. Her colleague Rafi’s words seem laughable when he suggests to his Israeli friend Erez, a Lebanon war veteran, that Effie would be a good catch. Neroux, with the ‘Gift of the Gab’ rises to the dizzy heights of President of the Union seemingly overnight. Were his DEFT and CP a breath of fresh air to the dying, starving world, or are there other more sinister motivations to his schemes?
Tales of the Brooklyn Hobo is a haunting and engaging tale of the adventures of a Brooklyn man who sets out to explore the country and finds heartache, wonder, and a new sense of self in the Age of Aquarius. Tales of the Brooklyn Hobo chronicles Alex’s adventures as he hops a freight train in Nebraska, is harassed by the federales in Mexico, has a gun pulled on him by a tearful Oregonian cowboy, encounters God while tripping on LSD at Woodstock, and finds love in all the wrong places. Intermixed in the narrative of the past are journal entries (called Night Flights), which address the author’s struggle with Bipolar Disorder and drug addiction. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Alex has traveled the country extensively in his quest for truth and identity. He has battled addictions – his own and the people around him – for as far back as he can recall. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Alex reveals with candor and humor how the disorder has affected his life. He also gives his audience a glimpse into his battle to come to terms with his addiction to pain pills and alcohol.