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Writers at Play: Making the Space for Adolescents to Balance Imagination and Craft
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Writers at Play: Making the Space for Adolescents to Balance Imagination and Craft

by Mary Adler, Elizabeth Quintero
 

ISBN-10: 0325021600

ISBN-13: 9780325021607

Pub. Date: 09/03/2009

Publisher: Heinemann

"Writers at Play is a very important book-a must-read for everyone who teaches writing."

-Judith Langer

"Rather than a frill at the margins of the curriculum, Mary Adler argues forcefully that fiction writing can lie at the core of developing both language skills and depth of understanding."

-Arthur Applebee

Overview

"Writers at Play is a very important book-a must-read for everyone who teaches writing."

-Judith Langer

"Rather than a frill at the margins of the curriculum, Mary Adler argues forcefully that fiction writing can lie at the core of developing both language skills and depth of understanding."

-Arthur Applebee

"Creativity doesn't have to be sacrificed; it can be embraced. In the era of high stakes tests, Mary Adler reminds us that writing should be enjoyable."

-Douglas Fisher

"The balance between structure and freedom is new to many writing teachers and students," explains Mary Adler. "But fiction appeals to students battered by the rules of writing and test preparation-students who have never experienced the freedom side of the equation." With Writers at Play you'll give adolescents stifled by curricular mandates a way into writing that develops their maturity, richness of language, and craft.

In Writers at Play Mary combines her own fresh ideas with current research and important thinking on the role of play and shows you how to strike the balance between prompts and improvisation by:

developing writing exercises that build fiction technique and encourage imaginative play

promoting growth in craft with revision strategies and peer feedback

creating space for unprompted writing so adolescents can find their own material and shape it for an audience

designing creative writing curricula that supports students' writing and social development.

For students, creating fiction can be a highly motivating process that yields high-quality student writing. "The key," writes Mary Adler, is finding "ways to allow the adventure while guiding the direction." UseWriters at Play and find a way to help even hard-to-reach students discover a passion for writing and improve the quality of their written work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325021607
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
09/03/2009
Pages:
163
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword Elizabeth Quintero v

Acknowledgments x

Introduction xii

1 Exploring the Forces at Work During the Creative Writing Process 1

2 Exercises That Stimulate Play, Engage Students, and Build Technique: Finding the Balance to Create Productive Fictional Worlds 17

3 Managing Play Through Revision 57

4 Unprompted Writing: Learning How Writers Play 89

5 Buuding a Creative Writing Curriculum 121

Book Study Guide 149

Bibliography 157

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