Patterns of Power, Grades 6–8

Inviting Adolescent Writers into the Conventions of Language

“Is this right? Is this how it’s supposed to look?” Adolescent writers often ask these kinds of questions because traditional grammar instruction focuses too much on what’s right or what’s wrong. The fear of making a mistake hides the true power of conventions—the creation of meaning, purpose, and effect, the ultimate reading-writing connection.

Join Jeff Anderson, with Travis Leech and Melinda Clark, as they explore grammar in a new way in Patterns of Power: Inviting Adolescent Writers into the Conventions of Language, Grades 6–8. Let’s lift middle school writers by focusing on possibility and producing effective writing that will transfer to the classroom and beyond.

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Inside Patterns of Power, Grades 6–8, teachers will find a quick yet comprehensive explanation of the invitational process—the easy-to-follow, brain-based process created to invite adolescent writers to learn about and apply conventions of the English language through the celebration of author’s purpose and craft. This process is the foundation on which 55 authentic, flexible, and effective lesson sets were built. Through practical guidance and ready-to-use lessons, you’ll be fully more

    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.


    TRAVIS LEECH is a middle school instructional coach in Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX. He has fourteen years of experience in education, including teaching middle school English Language Arts and as a gifted and talented specialist. Travis is also a co-author of Patterns of Power, 6-8.


    Melinda Clark, coauthor of Patterns of Power for Adolescent Writers, is currently the Academic Program Coordinator at John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas. She has 31 years' experience in education, including teaching middle school and high school English Language Arts, instructional coaching, independent consulting, and presenting at the district, regional, and state levels.



    Product Details

    Grades: 6, 7, 8
    Media: 448 pp/paperMedia: Resource Book 5-pack
    Year: 2021
    Item No: 1515Item No: 1571
    ISBN: 978-1-62531-515-1ISBN: 978-1-62531-571-7
    Publisher: Stenhouse PublishersPublisher: Stenhouse Publishers
    Hashtag: #PatternsofPower #MPoP