Make writing fun and creative for every child in your classroom. This imaginative collection of lessons offers an exciting set of activities to amuse, challenge, and motivate students. In addition to teaching important writing skills, the activities emphasize the development of creative and critical thinking. Written to support national curriculum standards for writing, this book is perfect for any middle grades teacher wanting to engage their students with high-interest writing. The writing activities included are highly varied--ranging from analytical essays to haiku. This whimsical book tackles a variety of important writing skills and techniques: writing compound and complex sentences, recognizing cliches, conducting research, writing personal experience essays, writing a letter to the editor, and many more.