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

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IAP, 2006 - Education - 111 pages
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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. We believe that the book will find an extremely receptive audience among K-12 teachers, teacher educators preparing future teachers, and teachers and trainers of trainers involved in inservice programs and summer writing institutes. Many published resources offer lists of writing topics for classroom use; however, they lack the pedagogical approach that informs the quick write concept. Although one published quick write resource offers literary prompts for grades 5-12, we know of no other book that provides such varied examples of this particular strategy, particularly our inclusion of a wide variety of "stimuli" (versus the common and sole use of literary texts), and their use for a wide array of content areas (versus the usual and sole focus of English/Language Arts).
 

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Contents

SELFAWARENESS REFLECTION
3
Are You More Like?
5
Promises Promises Promises
6
Beyond Skin Deep
9
My Generation
10
Heaven on Earth
11
What is Your Literacy Autobiography?
14
100 Things To Do Before You Die
15
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
54
An Heir for a 375000 Estate
55
Darwin Awards
57
Have You Ever Had One of Those Days?
59
This Is Just to Say
61
One of the Wackiest Quick Writes Youll Ever Do
62
Dont Worry Be Happy
64
That Is So Weird
65

Celebrations Youre in Charge
17
Whats It Like to Wait?
18
Art Like Morality Consists of Drawing the Line Somewhere
19
Dead Poets Society
20
Treasured Treasures
21
What Would You Do?
22
Do You Speak My Language?
25
Changes Changing Changed
26
The Truth Will Set You Free
27
Remembering
28
Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
29
Bowl After Bowl of Chicken Soup
30
Who Is an Expert?
31
Dont Leave Home Without It
32
A Matter of Choice
33
The Secret of Life
34
Introducing a New Me
35
Dear Author
36
MEMORIES
39
Any Great Aunts Out There?
40
Even Sick Days Have Good Memories
41
A Most Unforgettable Character
42
I Remember
43
Remembering Relatives
45
Dancing Memories
46
Photo Memories
47
Sweeter Than Kisses
48
Where are YOU from? Hearing Your Own Voice In Poetry
50
HUMOR
53
IMAGINATION
67
You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Lucille
68
Ira Sleeps Over
72
Beady Work
73
A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
74
Youre In Charge
75
Description
79
Schoolsville
81
Get in the Picture
83
My Favorite Place
84
The Most Beautiful Exciting or Exotic Place Ive Ever Been
85
My Town May Not Have Big Shoulders But It Has What Chicago Can Only Dream Of
87
Natures Treasures
88
An Insect Encounter Revisited
89
All the Places to Love
90
Why I Prefer
91
So Much Depends UponA Clear Picture Making Poems With Specific Imagery
92
Writing to Learn
95
ELEMENTS OF GRAMMAR AND LITERATURE
97
How Lame
98
Hats Off to You
100
Whats Your Fortune? A FunStory Starter
101
POINT OF VIEW
103
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
105
First Lines
106
CoCos Voice
107
MATHEMATICS
109
SCIENCE
111
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