Twelve lessons teach students how to develop characters, use senses to develop a setting, develop dialogue, "thicken a plot," "show, not tell," and develop story ideas. Each lesson is divided into learning, writing, and craft time. A short paragraph introduces the topic, while the writing exercises provide opportunities for brainstorming ideas and think through the details of writing. The craft time requires the sold-separately Isabel's Closet Paper Doll and Craft Book.85 pages, softcover. Grades 3-6.