Patterns of Wonder

  • Title:Patterns of Wonder: Inviting Emergent Writers to Play with the Conventions of Language
  • Author:Jeff Anderson, Whitney La Rocca
  • Publication Date:December 2021
  • ISBN:9781625314505
  • Publisher:Stenhouse Publishing

Based on the popular Patterns of Power invitational approach to grammar instruction, Patterns of Wonder sets the stage for introducing PreK–1 emergent writers to the power of language and writing.

It’s no secret that emergent writers thrive in classrooms filled with inquiry, play, and wonder, but how can we invite our youngest writers into the conventions of language, engage them in authentic writing experiences, and capitalize on their natural curiosity around what writers do?

Building on the same playful qualities of the invitational process introduced in their bestselling Patterns of Power series, Whitney La Rocca and Jeff Anderson turn their instructional lens to our youngest writers, sharing new ways we can invite them to experiment, have fun, and take risks with writing and language.

In this valuable resource, Whitney and Jeff: ​

  • Introduce the Patterns of Wonder Phases of Emergent Writing as a way to reflect on the work young writers are doing and plan for effective, scaffolded instruction.
  • Outline an adjusted invitational process, adapted especially for use with emergent writers. 
  • Position grammar and concepts about print instruction across three overlapping levels of support: oral language, illustrating, and writing.
  • Include over 50 sample lessons that pinpoint and build cumulatively across the most common needs of emergent writers.
  • Feature over 200 engaging picture book recommendations to stir curious classroom conversations.

Grounded in play, conversation, and most of all, wonder, Patterns of Wonder brings Whitney and Jeff’s irrepressible excitement for inquiry and writing instruction to the ways we support our Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade emergent writers.


CCSS Correlation

TEKS Correlation

Mentor Text Flyer

Author Bio 

For the past 25 years, Jeff Anderson has worked with writers and teachers of grades, K-12, inspiring them about the power and joy of the writing process. Jeff is known for his enthusiasm in making grammar, editing, and writing a positive experience for teachers and students. He has written five books for Stenhouse Publishers: Mechanically Inclined, Everyday Editing, 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, Revision Decisions and his latest professional book Patterns of Power. He also has two middle grade novels, Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth and Zack Delacruz: Just My Luck. A frequent presenter at national and state conferences, Jeff is a full-time staff developer and writer.

Whitney La Rocca is an elementary literacy coach and has spent 18 years working with young readers and writers. She enjoys delivering professional development and coaching teachers in best practices to empower children to create their identities in the world of literacy.

List Price $74.95
Your Price $59.95
You Save $15.00