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Holly Durham has worked in various roles in public education, serving students, teachers, and administrators. She began her career in 1992, teaching middle school English in a small town outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She moved to Houston, Texas in 1997 to teach high school English. Throughout her career, she has assumed numerous roles, some while she was also teaching and others after leaving the classroom: Advanced Placement Curriculum Coordinator, Instructional Coach, English and Social Studies Director, Professional Learning Coordinator as well as her current role as a Director of Accountability and District Improvement Planning in Fort Bend ISD. With this variety of roles, Holly has training and experiences in literacy as well as in leadership, federal and state policy, accountability, and coaching for both teachers and administrators.
Holly has presented literacy, technology, and coaching training since 2010 at numerous local and regional venues, as well as larger conferences such as SXSWEdu. Only recently has Holly begun to write. She is a co-author ofPatterns of Power, Grades 9–12and is excited to shift into writing and supporting teachers beyond the district where she works.
Holly lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two children. She is a lover of dogs and graphic novels. In her free time, she experiments in the kitchen and on the grill, writes, and exercises.
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Patterns of Power, Grades 9-12
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, Grades 9-12: Teaching Grammar Through Reading and Writing, 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
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, Grades 9-12 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.
The Patterns of Power series also includes Patterns of Power, Grades 6-8: Inviting Adolescent Writers into the Conventions of Language; Patterns of Power, Grades 1-5: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language; Patterns of Wonder, Grades PreK-1: Inviting Emergent Writers to Play with the Conventions of Language; and Patterns of Power en Español, Grades 1-5: Inviting Bilingual Writers into the Conventions of Spanish.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion