Spark the Brain, Ignite the Pen: Quick Writes for Kindergarten Through High School Teachers and Beyond

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Samuel Totten, Helen Eaton, Shelley Dirst
IAP, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 219 pages
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A new emphasis in this edition of Spark the Brain, Ignite the Pen is writing to learn in the content areas. This edition of the work first published in 2006 includes a collection of classroom-tested quick writes designed to assist students in thinking and writing about significant content in the disciplines. Contributors to the book teach a wide array of grade levels (K through college) and subject areas e.g., English, social studies, math, science and health), and the quick writes included in the book are ideal for use in a variety of classroom subjects and settings. Given the current research validating the impact of using writing tasks to learn content, this volume should be useful to a wide range of teachers, teacher educators, and professional development trainers K-12.
 

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Contents

Imagination
3
You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Lucille
4
Wanted An Heir for a 375000 Estate
8
Bearly Work
9
A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
10
Lists
13
Are You More Like?
15
Promises Promises Promises
17
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
112
Schoolsville
113
Get in the Picture
115
My Favorite Place
116
The Most Beautiful Exciting or Exotic Place Ive Ever Been
117
My Town May Not Have Big Shoulders But It Has What Chicago Can Only Dream Of
119
Why I Prefer
120
How Creative Can You Get? Crazy MixedUp Story Starters
122

100 Things To Do Before You Die
19
Whats It Like to Wait?
21
What Would You Do?
22
Who Is an Expert?
25
I Remember
27
Heaven on Earth
29
Darwin Awards
32
Memories
35
A Matter of Choice
36
Even Sick Days Have Good Memories
37
Have You Ever Had One of Those Days?
38
Dead Poets Society
40
Any Great Aunts Out There?
41
A Most Unforgettable Character
42
Remembering Relatives
43
Dancing Memories
44
All the Places to Love
45
Treasured Treasures
46
Do You Speak My Language?
47
Remembering?
48
What Is Your Literacy Autobiography?
49
Bowl After Bowl of Chicken Soup
50
Dont Worry Be Happy
51
SelfDiscovery
53
Art Like Morality Consists of Drawing the Line Somewhere
55
A Gift From the Heart
56
Examining Ones Life
57
It Is All in the Eye of the Beholder
58
Living Life for All Its Worth
60
My Achilles Heel
61
Introducing a New Me
62
Whats Your Fortune? A FunStory Starter
63
Celebrations Youre in Charge
64
Salt in His Shoes Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
65
One Hit Wonder
66
Avocations
67
What Were You Afraid Of?
69
Face Your Fears
70
Truer Words Have Never Been Spoken
71
Sweet Dreams
72
The Choice of Your Life
74
Writers Craft
75
And Another Thing
77
Reading With Your Author Glasses On or Hey I Could Do That
78
I Wanna Persuasive Writing
79
Things Arent Always What They Seem
80
Ive Got the Blues
82
Poems for Two Voices
83
Word Poems and the Content Areas
85
CoCos Voice
87
Have I Got a Story for You
88
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
90
How Lame
91
Come Take a Free Write
93
Ridiculous Rhymes
94
Love Your Lemon
96
Hoots Diner Place With Personality
97
She Did WHAT?
99
Famous First Pages A Syntax Study
100
Round and Round We Go
103
Into the Forest Imitating the Writers Craft
104
Do You Hear What I Hear?
105
Five Senses
106
When I Was Young in the Mountains
108
Photo Memories
109
Sweeter Than Kisses
110
Chasing Rainbows
123
From Mrs Malaprop to Archie Bunker to Malapropisms
126
The Bite of Satire
127
For the Love of SPAM
129
Ties to Literature
131
What? Me Scared?
132
Is No Man an Island or ?
133
Machiavellis Descendents
135
Stories for Bear Launching the Reading and Writing Workshops
137
Famous First Lines
139
Dear Author
140
Talk Geometry to Me
145
Whats Your Sign?
146
Word Connections
147
Rubber Band Words
148
Triangle Personality
149
Vertex and Perimeter
150
A Diamond Is for Reflecting
152
Number Personalities
154
Polygon Dialogue
155
Can You Build It?
156
Pattern Block Puzzles
157
WiiMote Magic
161
Listen to Your Body
162
How Can the Easter Bunny Lay Eggs?
163
Creating the World Anew
165
Creature Features
166
Here We Go Round
167
Shark or Dolphin? You Decide
169
What the World Be Like Without
170
Take a Haiku Hike
171
Natures Treasures
172
And Just Whos to Blame?
173
Take a Ride on the Magic School Bus
174
Seeing Through the Eyes of Another
175
Tell Me Whats So Important
179
What Makes a Human Being Human?
182
Whats Next? Extinguishing Our World?
183
Looking the Other Way Whats It Take to Be Our Brothers and Sisters Keeper?
189
Ill Never Forget Where I Was When
190
Capturing Personal Local National and International History in a Time Capsule
191
Power of the Pen
192
Radical Reactions
193
Ill Take You There
194
NIMBY or Not in My Back Yard
195
Double Meanings
196
Dinner for Two
198
The Simple Life
199
Immigration and You
200
Capturing the Essence of History Writing Captions for Political Cartoons
202
First Encounter
203
I Too Was There
204
I Dream of Going to
205
Civil Rights
206
What If?
207
Just a Lookin for a Home
209
They Came Across the Sea
210
A Knights Tale
211
Food Often Makes the Place
213
Its Out There Somewhere But Who Knows Where and Who Really Cares?
214
War Is
215
Civil Disobedience
217
Id Like to Get to Know You
218
One Wish to Make the World a Better Place
219
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Samuel Totten, professor emeritus, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, continues to conduct field work in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan. Totten is the editor of Transaction Publishers' Genocide Studies series.

Helen Eaton is a highly recognized crochet and knitwear desiHelen Eaton is a highly recognized crochet and knitwear designer. She currently works as a full-time freelance designer gner. She currently works as a full-time freelance designer and has done work for a number of global companies, includinand has done work for a number of global companies, including Patons. g Patons.

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