Patterns of Power en español

Inviting Bilingual Writers into the Conventions of Spanish

Mentor texts en español now available!

When you use Spanish-language books as mentor texts in your bilingual classrooms to teach grammar and conventions, you offer your students mirrors in which they see themselves reflected in the characters, settings, and cultural representations. Student engagement and excitement increases, and they become better readers and writers.

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“As bilingual educators, we have an obligation to provide many mirrors. Using literature that connects directly to students’ lived experiences as we teach conventions is a great place to start.” Caroline Sweet

In Patterns of Power en español: Inviting Bilingual Writers into the Conventions of Spanish, Grades, 1–5, bilingual teacher and coach Caroline Sweet has adapted lesson sets from the bestselling book Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades, 1–5 for use in the bilingual classroom. With these adaptations, you can teach Spanish-language conventions authentically using 10-minute lessons that cover key Spanish grammar topics.

Inside you’ll find:

  • 53 lessons focused on teaching the conventions of the Spanish language
  • Lesson sets that use the popular invitational process from Patterns of Power
  • Model sentences excerpted from authentic Spanish-language children’s trade books
  • Correlation to Spanish TEKS
  • A Patterns-of-Power Planning Guide adapted for Spanish

Patterns of Power en español allows your bilingual students to notice, discover, and celebrate author craft in both languages. Through an examination of conventions and trying them out on their own students embrace both reading and writing and discover the power in each language.


About the Author(s)

Caroline Sweet is a Bilingual Literacy Coach at LCpl Nicholas S. Perez Elementary School in Austin, Texas. She has been a bilingual educator for 14 years and was named 2011 Teacher of the Year in Austin Independent School District. Caroline first met Jeff when she was a student in his fourth-grade classroom in 1991.


For nearly 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 over 20 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.




Product Details

Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Media: Spanish & English bundle
Year: 2019
Item No: 1332Item No: 1333
ISBN: 978-1-62531-332-4ISBN: 978-1-62531-333-1
Publisher: Stenhouse PublishersPublisher: Stenhouse Publishers