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Writing to Explore

Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper, 3-8

David Somoza and Peter Lourie

Too often research papers are simply regurgitated encyclopedia entries. After reviewing many dry research papers, David Somoza began to experiment with an adventure writing model based on books written by Peter Lourie.


Watch Peter Lourie talk about how the book came to life and how it can help students get excited about writing research papers. You can also download this document in PDF format that explains how the book addresses Common Core standards.

 

Product Details

  • Author: David Somoza and Peter Lourie
  • ISBN: 978-157110-787-9
  • Year: 2010
  • Media: 192 pp/paper
  • Grade Range: 3-8
  • Item No: WEB-0787

Too often research papers are simply regurgitated encyclopedia entries. After reviewing many dry research papers, David Somoza began to experiment with an adventure writing model based on books written by Peter Lourie.

In Writing to Explore, David and Peter demonstrate how to teach adventure writing, which integrates nonfiction and fiction and motivates students to write with imagination, curiosity, and a hunger to learn everything about their topic.

The book starts with a solid foundation in the basics of good writing: setting descriptions, creating atmosphere, and developing character. The authors then explore the specific elements of adventure writing - from setting the stage to conducting research; from combining history and geography to effectively utilizing technology. The result is an adventure-based paper that is "rooted in real places, supported by facts, and developed with detailed description of images from real locations."

Teachers will find handouts, sample activities, student writing examples, research sources, and tips to help them create a nonfiction writing program based around the adventure writing model. Research papers don't have to be boring to read or to write. This book will show you how to get vibrant papers from your students - papers that teach both reader and writer something new.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A Passion for Writing
Step 1: Building Blocks
Chapter 1: Setting Descriptions
Chapter 2: Writing Atmosphere
Chapter 3: Character Development
Step 2: First Steps Toward the Adventure Essay
Chapter 4: Elements of Adventures
Chapter 5: Adventure Writing
Step 3: The Adventure Writing Project
Chapter 6: Research
Chapter 7: The Adventure Essay
Step 4: Technology
Chapter 8: Technology
Appendix A: Handouts and Activities for the Adventure Writing Project
Appendix B: Student Writing Samples
Bibliography

About the Authors

Peter Lourie
Peter's adventure books come directly from his travel journals. In order to write a book about a place - its history, geography, people and culture - he likes to experience it for himself. As a child, he loved collecting rocks and wandering the countryside of Connecticut. >more

David Somoza
David grew up in southern New Mexico with his brother Mike and his sister Lisa. David’s dad is a writer and his mom is a painter, and they still live in southern New Mexico. Growing up David spent much time hiking and camping with his family throughout New Mexico. They spent every summer going on great family adventures. >more

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