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Let's Start Cookin'!
 
My students often tease me about the way I compare reading to eating and writing to cooking. Some even say I’m a little “kooky” (pun intended). Here's my reasoning: When we read, we “feed” our minds with the “appetizing” work of others, and when we write, we follow certain “recipes,” add “spicy” words and phrases, sprinkle a creative “pinch of this and that,” and -- voila! -- we end up with a “delectable dish” we can proudly “serve” to others. It may sound funny or silly, but I think food is a wonderful metaphor for the magic that results when we skillfully craft a work of writing. And I’m not the first or only writing teacher to think so. The following is an excerpt from Write Source, a writing guide published by Great Source Education Group:
 
 “Writing is like cooking. You have eight basic ingredients, called the parts of speech. Take a cupful of specific nouns and add a tablespoon of colorful adjectives. Then blend in a pint of action verbs, seasoned with adverbs. Finally, mix in the pronouns, interjections, prepositions, and conjunctions, and you’ll be cooking with words!”
 
 
And that’s exactly what this website is about:
cookin’ with words.
 
Are you ready?
 
Begin by clicking on the following documents
and perusing their contents,
 and then simply follow my blog.
 
Let’s start cookin’!

(Reproducible versions of many of the following documents 
are available through my TPT store:
 
1- Starting and Keeping a Writer's Notebook:
 
 
A COOK'S NOTEBOOK (PDF — 323 KB)
 


2- Help from MR. HOT AND SPICY:
 
MR. HOT AND SPICY (PDF — 3 MB)
 
 
 
3- Choosing and Using Yummy Words:
 
The PARTS of SPEECH (PDF — 122 KB)
 
 
 
NOUNS (PDF — 235 KB)
             
 
Spelling Plural Nouns (PDF — 135 KB)
 
 
 
Possessive Nouns with Key (PDF — 116 KB)
 
 
 
 
Adjectives (PDF — 333 KB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wonderful Colorful Words (PDF — 428 KB)
 
 
 
 








MORE DOCUMENTS WILL BE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR.
 
4- Constructing Tasty Sentences
 
 
Tasty Sentences (PDF — 1 MB)
 
 


 
SENTENCE FLUENCY (PDF — 464 KB)
 
 
 
5- The Cookin' (Writing) Process:
 
THE WRITING PROCESS (PDF — 230 KB)
 
 
 
 
 
Editing Checklist (PDF — 94 KB)
 
 
 
 
6- Composing Appetizing Paragraphs:                                   
 
 
 
 
Writing a Descriptive Paragraph. Prompt: Describe your family's favorite dish.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Planning a Paragraph (PDF — 168 KB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
OUR FAVORITE FAMILY DISH (PDF — 156 KB)
 
 

7- Building Delectable Essays
 
Go to the "Resources" page for sites containing graphic organizers, student samples, rubrics, and prompts.
 
Steps to Writing a PAPER (PDF — 59 KB)
 
 
 
Ideas for Writing a Hook (PDF — 102 KB)
 
 
 
Methods of Elaboration (PDF — 98 KB)
 
 
 
Paragraph vs. Essay (PDF — 85 KB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Essay Components - Quiz (PDF — 189 KB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8- Creating Succulent Stories
 
The Narrative (PDF — 188 KB)
 
 
 
Narrative Checklists (PDF — 56 KB)
 
 
 
Ideas for Hooks (PDF — 52 KB)
 
 
 
Planning the Setting (PDF — 20 KB)
Planning Characters (PDF — 110 KB)
 
 
 
Incident Brainstorming (PDF — 52 KB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
PN Plot Diagram (PDF — 37 KB)
 
 
 
Story Diagram (PDF — 28 KB)
 
 
Narrative Rough Draft (PDF — 122 KB)
 
 
 
Revising the Narrative (PDF — 1 MB)
 
 
 
 


 
Chasing Iguanas PN (PDF — 108 KB)
 
 
 
Back to School FN (PDF — 84 KB)
 
 
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