Patterns of Power, Grades 9–12

Teaching Grammar Through Reading and Writing

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In this detailed look at how the Patterns of Power invitational process supports the specific needs of high school writers, Jeff Anderson along with veteran literacy leaders, Travis Leech and Holly Durham, show teachers how to create an environment where writers study and appreciate the beauty and meaning of grammar and conventions, rather than memorizing what is always wrong or always right. Aligned with common standards and full of use-tomorrow resources, this extension of the acclaimed Patterns of Power series, will help you tune your high school writers into the powerful patterns in language that inspire us, affect us, and makes space for growth and meaning to unfold.

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Traditional grammar instruction often focuses too much on what’s right or what’s wrong, hiding the true power of conventions—the creation of meaning, purpose, and effect. Instead of hammering high school students with the mistakes they should avoid, Jeff Anderson, Travis Leech, and Holly Durham suggest exploring grammar through the celebration of author’s purpose and craft. In Patterns of Power: Teaching Grammar Through Reading and Writing, Grades 9–12, they invite you to create an more

About the Author(s)

For over thirty years, JEFF ANDERSON has inspired writers and teachers with the power and joy of writing and grammar. He has written ten books for Stenhouse Publishers, including the ground-breaking classic Mechanically Inclined. He lives near downtown San Antonio with his partner and their rescue pup.


TRAVIS LEECH is a middle school instructional coach in Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX. He has fourteen years of experience in education, including teaching middle school English Language Arts and as a gifted and talented specialist. Travis is also a co-author of Patterns of Power, 6-8.


HOLLY DURHAM is a Professional Learning Coordinator in Houston, TX. She has twenty-eight years of experience in education, including teaching middle and high school English, instructional coaching, and director-level roles in the Humanities and District Strategic Planning. She has presented literacy practices and technology integration at district, regional, state, and national levels.



Product Details

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Media: 408 pp/paperMedia: Resource Book 5-pack (spiral bound)
Published: 07/2022
Item No: 1559Item No: 1608
ISBN: 978-1-62531-559-5ISBN: 978-1-62531-608-0
Publisher: Stenhouse PublishersPublisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Hashtag: #PatternsofPower #HiPoP