Writing is a key to success in school and in life, but many writing programs fail to engage students and encourage them to think and write clearly, apply a wide range of strategies, and critique their own work. This book reaches out to writers of all abilities with a light tone and an approach that allows students to "see" their writing in a new light. Targeted lessons focus on specific writing skills, and extension activities encourage students to write creatively by applying the skills they have learned. Includes the seven traits of writing. Four units (laying the foundation, building sentences, building paragraphs, and writing forms) guide students through the writing process. Graphic organizers are provided to help students organize their thoughts before writing and evaluate their writing. Clear explanations, bulleted hints, and helpful questions enable students to actively review and improve their writing. 128 pages.