Something for Every Day provides students in grades 6-12 with 150 daily practices in all areas of reading / literature, writing, and grammar skills. Classroom discussions naturally follow the readings, as students want to express their opinions about the writings as well as various forms that possible answers can take. Students like the pattern of reading, analyzing, and writing their own versions of the models.
The unique approach is based on students’ reading a short passage a day (all genres / modes) and analyzing the strengths of the pieces using typically two stylistic device questions as well as two grammar and two literature questions. Also included is a quick-write assignment for students to apply the theme/content of the model to some aspect of their lives, using the skills studied for the day.
What makes the book even more unusual is that the models, the daily excerpts, are teacher-written, samples of teacher work from across the country. Students will have the opportunity to see their teachers taking part in the writing process, a powerful tool that reinforces the importance of the art of writing.
The “Dailies” can be used in a variety of ways: as a warm-up for a day (especially useful for an 80- 90-minute block), warm-ups for several days (when class periods are shorter), or as an entire lesson. They can be done individually, in small groups, as a class activity, or a homework assignment. They also make perfect assignments for partners to work on while the teacher conferences one-on-one with students. There are even six tests to be given at intervals as the teacher deems appropriate as well as Answer Keys to all questions throughout the book.
*Writing models includes modes required on standardized writing tests and exemplify all the “writing tricks” the author teaches throughout the book, especially “tricks” turn ordinary writing into exemplary writing.
*Grammar usage questions of excerpts provide practice necessary for students to be successful not only on grammar-based questions on standardized tests but also on proofreading and editing their own writing done in class.
*Literature / Reading questions reinforce all literary terms used in class as well as skills expected to be mastered for state-mandated tests.
*A Glossary of Terms and “Writing Tricks” complete with samples are provided for easy student reference.