Pyrotechnics on the Page

Playful Craft That Sparks Writing

Writers in every field play with words each time they sit down at their desks. In his newest book, Ralph Fletcher demonstrates how playful craft can energize student writing and breathe new energy into the writing workshop.

Children have a natural affinity for language play; Pyrotechnics on the Page demonstrates how writing teachers can tap into it. This book provides a wealth of resources for teachers:

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Writers in every field play with words each time they sit down at their desks. In his newest book, Ralph Fletcher demonstrates how playful craft can energize student writing and breathe new energy into the writing workshop.

Children have a natural affinity for language play; Pyrotechnics on the Page demonstrates how writing teachers can tap into it. This book provides a wealth of resources for teachers:

  • Information on the roots and developmental importance of language play;...read more

About the Author(s)

Ralph Fletcher is a friend of writing teachers everywhere. Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, he received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his master's degree from Columbia University.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Craft Lessons
Foreword by Katie Wood Ray
Preface
Acknowledgments
I. PLAYING AROUND
Chapter 1: Pyrotechnics and Play
Chapter 2: A Love Affair with Words
Chapter 3: Writers Behaving Playfully
Chapter 4: Lessons from a Talking Elf
Chapter 5: A Developmental Perspective
II. GETTING SERIOUS
Chapter 6: Inventing Words
Chapter 7: Puns
Chapter 8: Idioms/Expressions
Chapter 9: Allusions
Chapter 10: Harnessing the Supple Power of Sentences
III. PLAYFUL CLASSROOMS
Chapter 11: Reclaiming the Play in Language Play
Chapter 12: Igniting Pyrotechnics in the Classroom
Chapter 13: The Limits of Labeling: A Brief Cautionary Tale
Chapter 14: Parting Shots
Chapter 15: Questions and Answers
IV. CRAFT LESSONS
Chapter 16: Pyrotechnics Craft Lessons for Young Writers
Resources
Bibliography

Product Details

Grade Range: K-8
Media: 192 pp/paper
Year: 2010
Item No: 0783Item No: 0891Item No: B783
ISBN: 978-157110-783-1ISBN: 978-157110-891-3ISBN: 978-15711B-783-1

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