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Pyrotechnics on the Page

Playful Craft That Sparks Writing

Ralph Fletcher

Writers in every field play with words each time they sit down at their desks. In his newest book, Ralph Fletcher demonstrates how playful craft can energize student writing and breathe new energy into the writing workshop.


With Pyrotechnics on the Page, Ralph is poised to teach so many of us once again in a whole new way, and we're going to have a grand 'ole time learning what it is he wants to teach us about playing with language.
– Katie Wood Ray, from Foreword

 


Foreword by Katie Wood Ray

Product Details

  • Author: Ralph Fletcher
  • ISBN: 978-157110-783-1
  • Year:2010
  • Media: 192 pp/paper
  • Grade Range: K-8
  • Item No: WEB-0783

Writers in every field play with words each time they sit down at their desks. In his newest book, Ralph Fletcher demonstrates how playful craft can energize student writing and breathe new energy into the writing workshop.

Children have a natural affinity for language play; Pyrotechnics on the Page demonstrates how writing teachers can tap into it. This book provides a wealth of resources for teachers:

  • Information on the roots and developmental importance of language play;
  • A how-to on using the writer's notebook as a playground for students to explore and experiment with verbal pyrotechnics;
  • An in-depth look at the kind of language play commonly used by writers, including chapters on Puns and Double Meanings, Idioms and Expressions, Inventing Words, and Harnessing the Supple Power of Sentences (these chapters end with a Bringing It to the Writing Workshop” section that includes explicit classroom connections);
  • Twenty-four brand new craft lessons to bring pyrotechnics into the classroom
  • An extensive bibliography of relevant mentor texts that make it easy to model language play for students

Pyrotechnics on the Page is vintage Fletcher: personal, anecdotal, and practical. It represents the latest chapter in Ralph's efforts to widen the circle in the writing classroom, make it a more engaging place for student writers and, in the process, lift the quality of their writing.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Craft Lessons
Foreword by Katie Wood Ray
Preface
Acknowledgments
I. PLAYING AROUND
Chapter 1: Pyrotechnics and Play
Chapter 2: A Love Affair with Words
Chapter 3: Writers Behaving Playfully
Chapter 4: Lessons from a Talking Elf
Chapter 5: A Developmental Perspective
II. GETTING SERIOUS
Chapter 6: Inventing Words
Chapter 7: Puns
Chapter 8: Idioms/Expressions
Chapter 9: Allusions
Chapter 10: Harnessing the Supple Power of Sentences
III. PLAYFUL CLASSROOMS
Chapter 11: Reclaiming the Play in Language Play
Chapter 12: Igniting Pyrotechnics in the Classroom
Chapter 13: The Limits of Labeling: A Brief Cautionary Tale
Chapter 14: Parting Shots
Chapter 15: Questions and Answers
IV. CRAFT LESSONS
Chapter 16: Pyrotechnics Craft Lessons for Young Writers
Resources
Bibliography

About the Author

Ralph Fletcher
Ralph Fletcher is a friend of writing teachers everywhere. Born in Plymouth, Mass., he received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his master's degree from Columbia University. >more

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