Patterns of Wonder

Inviting Emergent Writers to Play with the Conventions of Language

When we create a safe space full of play and curiosity for our emergent writers, we capitalize on their natural desire to communicate and make meaning through language. This is the foundation of Patterns of Wonder, a thoughtfully designed extension of the highly praised Patterns of Power series. Through a lens of playful inquiry and possibility, authors Whitney La Rocca and Jeff Anderson show you how to use their invitational process to invite your PreK, kindergarten, and first grade emergent writers into an engaging world of excitement, energy, and―most of all―wonder.

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It’s no secret that emergent writers thrive in classrooms filled with inquiry, play, and wonder, but how can we invite our youngest writers into the conventions of language, engage them in authentic writing experiences, and capitalize on their natural curiosity around what writers do?

Building on the same playful qualities of the invitational process introduced in their bestselling Patterns of Power series, Whitney La Rocca and Jeff Anderson turn their instructional lens to our more

About the Author(s)

Whitney La Rocca, with more than 20 years in education, has been a teacher, a literacy coach, and a consultant, working with children and teachers across grade levels, schools, and districts.


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.



Product Details

Grades: PreK, K, 1
Media: 400 pp/paperMedia: Resource Book 5-pack (spiral bound)
Year: 2021
Item No: 1450Item No: 1570
ISBN: 978-1-62531-450-5ISBN: 978-1-62531-570-0
Publisher: Stenhouse PublishersPublisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Hashtag: #PatternsofWonder