Patterns of Power, Grades 1–5

Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language

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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.

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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 everything you need to immerse yourself in the process of inviting elementary students to experiment and play with language. The second part of the book offers more than 70 practical, ready-to-use lessons.

Patterns of Power invites you to take just five minutes from your reading workshop and five minutes from your writing workshop to focus on conventions. Those ten minutes will have a miraculous effect on your students’ understanding of how language works for readers and writers.

Patterns of Power en español

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 ten-minute lessons that cover key Spanish grammar topics. Learn more about Patterns of Power en español.

Patterns of Power Mentor Text Grade Level Sets

The Patterns of Power Top Ten Mentor Text Sets (grades 1 through 5) correlate with standards and developmental appropriateness for each grade. Learn more about Patterns of Power Top Ten Mentor Text Grade Level Sets.


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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
    Patterns of Power
    Watch Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca, coauthors of Patterns of Power, as they work in real classrooms to create sustainable instruction in the area of grammar and conventions.

    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.


    Whitney La Rocca, with more than 20 years in education, has been a teacher, a literacy coach, and a consultant, working with children and teachers across grade levels, schools, and districts.


    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

    Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Media: 456 pp/paper full colorMedia: Resource book 10-pack
    Year: 2017
    Item No: 1185Item No: 1551
    ISBN: 978-1-62531-185-6ISBN: 978-1-62531-551-9
    Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
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