Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing

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"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 ol' time learning what he wants to teach us about playing with language."-from the foreword by katie Wood Ray" "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." 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571107831
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 706,718
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Craft Lessons

Foreword Katie Wood Ray Ray, Katie Wood




1 Pyrotechnics and Play 2

2 A Love Affair with Words 7

3 Writers Behaving Playfully 15

4 Lessons from a Talking Elf 21

5 A Developmental Perspective 27


6 Inventing Words 34

7 Puns 43

8 Idioms/Expressions 51

9 Allusions 61

10 Harnessing the Supple Power of Sentences 69


11 Reclaiming the Play in Language Play 76

12 Igniting Pyrotecchnics in the Classroom 81

13 The Limits of Labeling: A Brief Cautionary Tale 89

14 Parting Shors 93

15 Questions and Answers 95


16 Pyrotechnics Craft Lessons for Young Writers 102


Appendix A Pyrotechnics Glossary 130

Appendix B Oxymorons 137

Appendix C Expressions/Idioms 139

Appendix D Sentence Reversals 141

Appendix E Rosie's Book of Sayings. Kim Stafford 143

Appendix F Getting Phoo Dog, Seth Loomis 147

Appendix G Once Upon a Twice, Denise Doyen 149

Appendix H Playing in the Face of Reason, Rich Reilly 150

Appendix I The Poetry of J. Patrick Lewis 152

Appendix J Where Can You Find a New Nose? Ralph Fletcher 157

Appendix K Snicking Up the Rug, Ralph Fletcher 159

Appendix L Beach Baby, Ralph Fletcher 160

Appendix M Chocolate, Max Gilmore 161

Appendix N Owl Pellers, Ralph Fletcher 162

Appendix O Sledding Disaster, Ralph Fletcher 164

Bibliography 165

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