Patterns of Power
Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 1-6
Jeff Anderson and literacy coach Whitney La Rocca take you into primary and intermediate classrooms where students are curious about language, engage with the world around them, and notice and experiment with the conventions all writers use. Instead of chanting grammar rules or completing countless convention worksheets, they invite young writers to explore conventions as special effects devices that activate meaning. Their students study authentic texts and come to recognise these “patterns of power” – the essential grammar conventions that readers and writers require to make meaning.
The first part of the book introduces a vibrant approach to grammar instruction and sets up what you need to immerse yourself in the Patterns of Power process, inviting students to experiment and play with language. The second part of the book offers over seventy practical, ready-to-use lessons, including:
- Extensive teacher-ready support materials
- Over 100 mentor sentences, curated for Years 1–6
- Student work samples
- Tips and power notes to facilitate your own knowledge and learning
- Examples for application
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.
|Publish date||2018-03-16 00:00:00|
|Partner Name||Stenhouse Publishers|
|Key Learning Area||English|