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Hairy Scary Ordinary - What is an Adjective ? : Words are Categorical - Brian P. Cleary

Hairy Scary Ordinary - What is an Adjective ?

Words are Categorical

By: Brian P. Cleary, Jenya Prosmitsky (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2001
ISBN: 9781575055541
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 7 - 9 years old

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The best-selling Words Are Categorical series introduces young readers to different types of words through rhyming verse and illustrations of comical cartoon cats.

Offering a lighthearted perspective, each title shows readers the fun and entertaining world of language.

About the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical series, now a set with more than 3.1 million copies sold. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical series and several single titles including The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor and Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry. He is a keynote speaker, and puts on poetry workshops all over the country. The bow tie wearing children's author is America's English Teacher.

"Conventions, the sixth trait of writing, deals with the rules of writing. Rules exist for a reason, but without personal experience, students may find them arbitrary. After all, in earlier times invented spelling was the norm. (Just look at the writings of the founders of our country or westward bound pioneers.)

For this mini-lesson, ask students to write several sentences and then make them into 'a secret code' by ignoring the conventions. The first step is to write sentences that follow the rules on an index card. (This is the solution to the secret code.) Students can use books in the classroom or library to find examples.

Now to ignore the rules, ask students to write those words again without any spaces or punctuation. It will look like a string of letters on the page, written in all lowercase or all capital letters. This will remove any clues about where each sentence begins. To make the secret code even more difficult, ask students to misspell words by leaving out the vowels or silent letters.

After students have their secret codes ready, they can write them on another index card and place it in a centrally located box, along with the card that has the solution to their secret code. (Ask students to write their initials on the back of both cards so that others can check the solution.) As students read the cards through the week, they can try to crack each other's secret codes.

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Missing Letters

In The Vowel Family by Sally M. Walker, the story is missing its vowels until each new 'child' (Alan, Ellen, and so on) is born into the family. In Silent Letters Loud and Clear by Robin Pulver, Mr. Wright's class finds out what happens when they stop using silent letters.

Parts of Speech

The fast, fun, and rhythmical Words Are CATegorical series by Brian P. Cleary has a book for each part of speech, including Hairy, Scary, Ordinary and I and You and Don't Forget Who."
--Booklist Online

--Other Print

ISBN: 9781575055541
ISBN-10: 1575055546
Series: Words are Categorical
Audience: Children
For Ages: 7 - 9 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st September 2001
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 18.0  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.09