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.

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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.



    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 PublishersPublisher: Stenhouse Publishers
    Hashtag: #PatternsofPower