Now Online: Writing to Explore

October 14th, 2010

What can you and your students learn from an adventure writer? Join classroom teacher David Somoza and adventure book author Peter Lourie as they share a writing process that goes beyond research to engage students through self-expression and imagination. Writing to Explore describes all aspects of an adventure writing project, and helps teachers breathe new life into research writing while incorporating history and geography.

In this concise and practical book, David and Peter offer structures and tools for managing student research, and solutions to common challenges that teachers face with student writing:

  • Plain descriptions of settings
  • Hollow characters that don’t interest the reader
  • Lack of passion and emotional connection to the subject
  • Lack of authenticity and subject knowledge

A six-step process helps teachers and students break the adventure writing project into manageable pieces and provides a structure that actually enhances creativity. Student examples throughout the book—including two full-length finished student essays—bring ideas to life, and a section on technology addresses both the creation of multimedia writing prompts by teachers and effective use of online research tools by students. Numerous handouts reduce prep time and help you jump-start your projects.

Writing to Explore will start shipping at the end of this month, and you can preview the entire book online now!

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