Reviews for Plays

Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 March/April
Each book in this series includes a historical look at the craft, and the "Big Picture" provides some ideas for the reader to contemplate. "Things to Think About" takes the reader into specifics, and "From Beginning to End" examines the writing process. Suitable for middle and high school, this series would be of interest to students who are interested in writing and wish to explore these different crafts. The writing exercises would be helpful to teachers as potential writing prompts, and if your school has a writer's group, this series might also be of interest to them. Bibliography. Index. Susan D. Yutzey, School Library Media Specialist, Upper Arlington High School, Columbus, Ohio [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] ADDITIONAL SELECTION Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 November

Gr 6-10--This series has a lot more to it than just steps on how to write. Each book includes a chapter on the history of the featured genre, highlighting important figures and showing changes throughout the decades. The texts then walk aspiring writers through the creation process, using old as well as contemporary literary examples. Sidebars contain quotations from authors such as Stephen King and Tennessee Williams, and journalists such as Ernie Pyle and Margaret Bourke-White as well as full texts of poems from the likes of e. e. cummings and Langston Hughes. Terminology and formatting specific to each genre is clearly explained and incorporated smoothly into the texts. The last section of each title offers multiple prompts and ideas to motivate writers. Each book could stand on its own, but together they offer an even richer experience.

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