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Travis Leech, coauthor ofPatterns of Power: Inviting Adolescent Writers into the Conventions of Language, grew up loving to read and spiral notebooks with stories of fantasy and adventure. He never enjoyed grammar instruction in school, and was never top of his class at diagramming sentences or finding the 10 mistakes in paragraphs riddled with errors.
As he began his teaching career in middle school English Language Arts, he was fortunate to find Jeff Anderson’s booksMechanically InclinedandEveryday Editing, teaching him a new way of grammar instruction: inviting students to notice, discuss, and practice grammar seen in “the wild,” that is, high-quality writing of published young adult authors. He has since incorporated the ideas of Anderson’s grammar invitations into his work as a middle school teacher, gifted and talented specialist, and now instructional coach in San Antonio, TX.
In his free time, Leech enjoys learning and testing out new recipes, reading, connecting with family virtually, and exploring the Texas Hill Country and beyond with his wife Keri and their dog. He currently lives in San Antonio, TX.
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Patterns of Power, Grades 6–8
Authors Jeff Anderson, Travis Leech, and Melinda Clark lead a vibrant approach to grammar instruction in Patterns of Power: Inviting Adolescent Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 6-8. Here, young, emergent writers are invited to notice the conventions of the English language and build off them in this inquiry-based approach to instructional grammar.
The book comes with standards-aligned lessons that can be incorporated in just 10 minutes a day. Patterns of Power’s responsive, invitational approach puts students in an involved role and has them explore and discuss the purpose and meaning of what they read. Students study short, authentic texts and are asked to share their findings out loud, engaging in rich conversations to make meaning.
Inside you’ll find:
Ready-to-use lesson plan sets that include excerpts from authentic and diverse mentor texts curated for grades 6-8
Real-life classroom examples, tips, and Power Notes gleaned from the authors’ experiences that can be applied to any level of writer
Resources, including a Patterns of Power Planning Guide and musical soundtracks, to use in classroom instruction or as handouts for student literacy notebooks
Patterns of Power provides a simple classroom routine that is structured in length and approach, but provides teachers flexibility in choosing the texts, allowing for numerous, diverse voices in the classroom. The practice helps students build cognitive recognition and provides a formative assessment for teachers on student progress. With these short lessons, students will gain confidence and move beyond limitation to produce effortless writing in your class and beyond.
The Patterns of Power series also includes Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 1-5, Patterns of Power en Español: Inviting Bilingual Writers into the Conventions of Spanish, Grades 1-5, Patterns of Power: Teaching Grammar Through Reading and Writing, Grades 9-12, and Patterns of Wonder: Inviting Emergent Writers to Play with the Conventions of Language, PreK-1.
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Patterns of Power
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: Teaching Grammar Through Reading and Writing, Grades 9–12, 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 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: Inviting Adolescent Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 6-8, Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 1-5, Patterns of Wonder: Inviting Emergent Writers to Play with the Conventions of Language, PreK-1, and Patterns of Power en Español: Inviting Bilingual Writers into the Conventions of Spanish, Grades 1-5.
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