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Mentor Author, Mentor Texts Includes:

24 mentor texts written by Ralph, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more

Writer’s Notes that give students a peek into Ralph’s thinking and craft

Online access to whiteboard-ready versions of Ralph’s mentor texts

Online access to recordings of Ralph reading 17 of his pieces

Suggestions from colleagues nationwide for using Ralph’s texts in the classroom.

Let your teaching mentor become your students’ writing mentor

with engaging mentor texts written and read by Ralph Fletcher

“I wrote all 24 pieces in this book. You’ll find an assortment of genres: stories, memoir, poems, essays, and excerpts from novels. The various texts are ordered from easiest (least challenging) to hardest (most challenging). I tried to select short, high-interest pieces. Each one stands on its own with a beginning, middle, and ending. I tried to choose pieces that would bring a sense of closure by the end.”

writer’s notes that give students an inside peek into craft

and practical, classroom-tested suggestions like this from your colleagues

“One of my students, Suzy, knows that she struggles to provide enough detail in her non-fiction pieces. For her piece about soccer, she told me that she knew she needed to include more details because she didn’t want the reader to be confused. We had already read Ralph’s “Squirming Wizards of Recycling,” so we looked at the Writer’s Notes. Ralph said he had brainstormed questions that readers may have had as they read about worm composting, and he then tried to include the answers to those questions in the piece. Suzy decided that she would write down questions that she thought her reader might still have about soccer and then make sure those questions were answered in her writing. Since both Suzy and I have already developed a relationship with Ralph through his texts, it felt like we were inviting an old friend to join our conference.”

Pyrotechnics on the Page

Playful Craft That Sparks Writing

Ralph Fletcher

With Pyrotechnics on the Page . Ralph is poised to teach so many of us once again in a whole new way, and we’re going to have a grand ‘ole time learning what it is he wants to teach us about playing with language.

Katie Wood Ray, from Foreword

Writers in every field play with words each time they sit down at their desks.

In his newest book, Ralph Fletcher demonstrates how playful craft can energize student writing and breathe new energy into the writing workshop.

Children have a natural affinity for language play Pyrotechnics on the Page demonstrates how writing teachers can tap into it. This book provides a wealth of resources for teachers:

students to explore and experiment with verbal pyrotechnics;

* An in-depth look at the kind of language play commonly used by

writers, including chapters on Puns and Double Meanings, Idioms

and Expressions, Inventing Words, and Harnessing the Supple Power

Writing Workshop” section that includes explicit classroom

easy to model language play for students

Pyrotechnics on the Page is vintage Fletcher: personal, anecdotal, and practical. It represents the latest chapter in Ralph’s efforts to widen the circle in the writing classroom, make it a more engaging place for student writers and, in the process, lift the quality of their writing.

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