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Poetry and Prose Prompts: A Quick Guide for Teaching Writing Style

ISBN: 978-0-7879-7879-2
144 pages
March 2006, Jossey-Bass
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Designed for elementary and middle school teachers (grades 4-8) Poetry and Prose Prompts is a collection of outstanding and effective lessons that will engage students in the art of writing. This is the ideal resource for turning average writers into stellar authors. Throughout the book, Ken Rivenbark uses foolproof methods based on successful poetry and prose models to demonstrate and enhance writing skills. He shows teachers how to address standards while fostering students’ individual style and helping them find their voices as authors. Poetry and Prose Prompts also includes valuable testing prompts and examples from original or student-generated fiction.
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Acknowledgments.

Introduction to Expressive Writing.

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO POETRY.

Haikus.

Diamontes.

Quatrains.

Limericks.

Ballads.

PART TWO: INTRODUCTION TO CHARACTERIZATION.

Dialogues.

Character Sketches.

Biographical Sketches.

PART THREE: INTRODUCTION TO NARRATIVE WRITING.

Tall Tales.

Short Stories.

Fables.

Fairy Tales.

Spooky Stories.

Autobiographical Incidents.

Prompts.

Personal Narrative Prompts.

Imaginative Narrative Prompts.

Descriptive Narrative Prompts.

Glossary.

Bibliography.

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Ken Rivenbark is an experienced consultant and educator who takes a hands-on approach with students and teachers as they grow together in their educational endeavors. In addition to his years as a master teacher, he is the former director of professional development for the online publisher Virtual Sage and lecturer with the Watson School of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
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"This book is an excellent resource for teachers striving to improve their students’ writing as well as for college instructors who teach writing strategies. Rivenbark’s own experiences as a teacher and teacher educator ensure that his approach is practitioner-oriented and developmental in nature."
—Carol Chase Thomas, associate dean, Watson School of Education, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington

"Basic writing is one thing, writing with style in a variety of genre is another. Rivenbark, drawing on his vast classroom experiences, demonstrates specifically how teachers can help students achieve well beyond the NCTE standards."
—James L. Olivero, president, staff development Ltd., San Diego, California

"Finally, hands-on, practical lessons to teach students how to write with style. Bravo! If teachers want a way to move students beyond the simple sentence to writing with style and expression, this book is your answer!"
—William McBride, national educational consultant and author, Entertaining an Elephant

"Future writers of poetry and prose must be led to the proposition that more than intellect is involved. Ken Rivenbark has authored a convincing and persuasive insight into the challenge to the heart and soul which is central to great writing."
—Mary Jane Caylor, Alabama State Board of Education

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