Patterns of Power, Grades 9–12

Teaching Grammar Through Reading and Writing

Available Fall 2022!

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 environment in which writers thrive while studying and appreciating the beauty, effects, and meaning of grammar. Inside this book, teachers will find a comprehensive explanation of the brain-based Patterns of Power invitational process, as well as

  • 35 standards-aligned lesson sets built around practical, engaging, inquiry-based methods that take deeper dives into grammar and craft than any worksheet, quiz, or editing exercise ever could,
  • a variety of high-interest model texts from authentic and diverse sources, including excerpts from classic and current novels, memoirs, plays, graphic novels, poems, and media,
  • real-life classroom examples and tips with suggestions for scaffolding new learning and ideas for how to use the lessons in AP courses,
  • templates for extended application, easy to locate printables, and ready-to-go visuals,
  • additional Models for Further Study for extension opportunities in every lesson set, and
  • an entire chapter devoted to helping high school writers master citations in research.

With hundreds of teach-tomorrow resources and implementation supports such as quick-reference guides, specific applications to reading instruction, and soundtrack suggestions to infuse the joy of music into grammar instruction, Patterns of Power gives you everything you need to inspire your high school writers to move beyond limitation and into the endless possibilities of what they can do as writers.

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.


Table of Contents


Introduction: Looking Closely at the World Through Grammar

How to Use This Book

Part 1 Getting Started with the Patterns of Power Process

Chapter 1 Into PLANNING: A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Engaging Grammar Lessons

Chapter 2 Into the CLASSROOM: How to Teach Grammar with the Patterns of Power Process

Chapter 3 Into APPLICATION: Guiding Writers to USE the Patterns of Power

Part 2 Into the Lessons with the Patterns of Power Process

Into the Lessons: How Are the Lessons Formatted?

Chapter 4 The Purpose and Craft of PUNCTUATION

4.1 The Terminators: I’ll Be Back (at the End)

PUNCTUATION That Introduces Chart

4.2 “I’m Talkin’ Here”: Colons to Introduce a Quotation

4.3 These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Colons That Introduce Lists

4.4 Here’s What I’m Trying to Say: The Colon as a Clarifier

4.5 Ready, Set, Dash! Dashes to Introduce

4.6 Lemme Think About It . . . Ellipses to Introduce

PUNCTUATION That Combines Chart

4.7 I Have a Thought, and Another, and Another: Commas to Combine

4.8 It’s Always Better When We’re Together: Semicolons to Combine

4.9 Dashing Through the Prose: Dashes to Combine

PUNCTUATION That Encloses Chart

4.10 Little Thought Detours: Commas to Enclose

4.11 Hey! Over Here! Dashes to Enclose

4.12 Choose Asides (Parentheses to Enclose)

4.13 Spoken Words: Quotation Marks to Enclose Dialogue

PUNCTUATION That Removes Chart

4.14 You Get the Idea: Ellipses to Replace Omitted Text

4.15 Now We’re Talkin’: Advanced Apostrophes

Chapter 5 The Purpose and Craft of CLAUSES

5.1 Shoulda Put a Ring on It: Independent Clauses

5.2 You Complete Me: Subordinate Clauses

5.3 That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger: Relative Clauses

Chapter 6 The Purpose and Craft of PHRASES

6.1 Where’s the Octopus? Prepositions Are Where It’s At

6.2 You’re Grounded Till Further Notice: Prepositional Phrases

6.3 The Renamer: Appositive Phrases

6.4 Lights, Camera, Action! Participial Phrases

Chapter 7 The Purpose and Craft of PARALLEL STRUCTURE

7.1 I Love You All the Same: Parallel Subjects

7.2 Leaving an Impression: Parallel Structure That Drives the Point Home

7.3 Opposites Attract: Putting Antitheticals in Parallel

Chapter 8 The Purpose of CITATIONS

8.1 Love at First Cite: Direct Quotations

8.2 Cite Everything: Citations with Paraphrased Content

8.3 I’m Quite Partial: Citations with a Partial Quote

8.4 Who Said That? Works Cited or Reference Page

8.5 Where’d Ya Find This? Differentiating References

MLA Research Paper Model

APA Research Paper Model

Chapter 9 The Purpose and Craft of CREATIVE PATTERNS

9.1 “All Right, Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Close-Up”: The Absolute Phrase

9.2 On Purpose: Repeating Structures, Words, and Phrases

9.3 Less Is More: Purposeful Fragments

9.4 Are Run-Ons Ever Right On?

9.5 And Away We Go! Starting a Sentence with And, But, or So

Conclusion: Investigating Meaning and Effect

Appendix A: The Patterns of Power, Grades 9–12 Soundtrack

Appendix B: Patterns of Power Instruction in Remote Learning Environments

Bibliography of Professional Resources

Bibliography of Literature



Product Details

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Media: 408 pp/paperMedia: Resource Book 5-pack (spiral bound)
Available: 09/04/2022
Item No: 1559Item No: 1608
ISBN: 978-1-62531-559-5ISBN: 978-1-62531-608-0
Publisher: Stenhouse PublishersPublisher: Stenhouse Publishers
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