Writers at Play: Making the Space for Adolescents to Balance Imagination and Craft available in Paperback
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"Writers at Play is a very important book-a must-read for everyone who teaches writing."
"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."
"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."
"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 dimensions:||7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||11 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Mary Adler spent nine years researching and writing Writers at Play. She discovered that the balance of choice and structure-what one student called "focused freedom"-was the key to adolescents' success. During her career, Mary has consistently tried to bring her passion for fiction and teaching together. A former middle school teacher and a National Writing Project fellow, she holds an M.A. in creative writing as well as a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. She is currently an associate professor of English at California State University Channel Islands.
Table of Contents
Foreword Elizabeth Quintero v
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