Patterns of Power

Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 1-5

Instead of chanting grammar rules or completing countless convention worksheets, Jeff Anderson and literacy coach Whitney La Rocca invite young writers to explore conventions as special effects devices that activate meaning. Their students study authentic texts and come to recognize these "patterns of power"—the essential grammar conventions that readers and writers require to make meaning.

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Instead of chanting grammar rules or completing countless convention worksheets, Jeff Anderson and literacy coach Whitney La Rocca invite young writers to explore conventions as special effects devices that activate meaning. Their students study authentic texts and come to recognize these "patterns of power"—the essential grammar conventions that readers and writers require to make meaning.

The first part of the book introduces a way of thinking about grammar instruction and sets up ev...read more

This book offers teachers practical, classroom-ready advice to take their teaching of conventions to the next level. Whitney and Jeff offer planning moves to teach students about any convention, and dozens of lessons that are already planned...the advice they give is to always connect the teaching of conventions to craft and style, not just to memorize rules.

Jennifer Serravallo

About the Author(s)

For almost thirty years, Jeff has inspired writers and teachers of grades 1-10 with the power and joy of the writing process. He has written five books for Stenhouse Publishers. He also writes middle-grade novels.

Whitney La Rocca is an elementary literacy coach and has spent 18 years working with young readers and writers. She enjoys delivering professional development and coaching teachers in best practices to empower children to create their identities in the world of literacy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Where Do Reading and Writing Meet?

Part 1: Getting Started with the Patterns-of-Power Process

Chapter 1 Into Planning: What Do You Need to Do Before Teaching the Invitations?

Chapter 2 Into the Classroom: How Do You Teach Conventions with the Invitations Process?

Chapter 3 Into Application: How Do You Ensure Writers Apply What They Know?

Part 2: Into the Patterns-of-Power Lesson Sets

The Power of Sentences: Why Do Writers and Readers Use Sentences?

Chapter 4 What Do Capital Letters Do?

Chapter 5 What Do Nouns Do?

Chapter 6 What Do Verbs Do?

Chapter 7 What Do Sentences Do?

Chapter 8 What Do End Marks Do?

The Power of Pairs: Why Do Writers Use Pairs?

Chapter 9 What Do Apostrophes Do?

Chapter 10 What Do Pronouns Do?

Chapter 11 How Do Verbs and Nouns Agree?

Chapter 12 Which Punctuation Comes in Pairs?

The Power of Details: How Do Writers Add Detail to Their Sentences?

Chapter 13 What Do Adjectives Do?

Chapter 14 What Do Comparatives and Superlatives Do?

Chapter 15 What Do Adverbs Do?

Chapter 16 What Do Prepositions Do?

The Power of Combining: Why Do Writers Combine and Connect Words and Sentences?

Chapter 17 What Do Conjunctions Do?

Chapter 18 Why Do Writers Use Compound Sentences?

Chapter 19 Why Do Writers Use the Serial Comma?

Chapter 20 Why Do Writers Use Complex Sentences?

Conclusion: Look Up!

Professional Bibliography

Children's Literature Bibliography

Index

 

 

Product Details

Grade Range: 1-5
Media: 456 pp/paper full color
Published: 10/2017
Item No: 1185
ISBN: 978-1-62531-185-6
Hashtag: #PatternsofPower

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