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High-Impact Writing Clinics


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At-a-Glance Clinic Descriptions Foreword by Stephanie Harvey Introduction Clinic 1. Objective versus Subjective: Making Sense of Opinions Clinic 2. The List Poem Clinic 3. The Summary Poem: What's the Big Idea? Clinic 4. The Found Poem: Finding the Unusual in the Usual Clinic 5. Feelings Made Visual Clinic 6. Couplets on the Brain Clinic 7. No Longer the Same: Building Comparisons Clinic 8. The Questioning Poem: A Way of Wondering Clinic 9. Refrain: Come Again? Clinic 10. Personification: A Word Walks in . . . Clinic 11. Point of View Clinic 12. Word Definition Poems Clinic 13. Weighting the Evidence: Logical Poetry Clinic 14. The Prepositional Phrase Poem Clinic 15. Simile for Me Clinic 16. Metaphor Mentor Text Clinic 17. Exquisite Metaphors: Comparing Apples and Oranges Clinic 18. The Extended Metaphor: Care and Feeding Clinic 19. Revision up Close: Self-Edit Checklist Clinic 20. Speaking out: Public Speaking with Conviction Revision Checklist About the Poets Index of Poems

About the Author

Learn more about Sara Holbrook's PD offerings Sara Holbrook is a full-time educator, author/poet and consultant, who has been teaching in classrooms acrpss the U.S. and abroad for more than twenty years. She is the author of over a dozen books for children, adults, and teachers as well as an award-winning performance poet. A frequent keynote speaker, Sara shows teachers how to use writing and oral presentation exercises to help raise vocabulary and other literacy skills, along with how to teacher comprehension through collaboration, writing, and classroom performance across all grade levels and content areas. Learn more about Michael Salinger's PD offerings A fixture in the performance poetry and education community, Michael Salinger has been writing and performing poetry and fiction for over twenty years. His work has appeared in dozens of literary journals published in the U.S. and Canada, and he has coauthored two professional books with Sara: Outspoken! and High-Definition. Michael is also the founder and chief facilitator of the teen writing and performance program at Cleveland's Playhouse Square Foundation--the second largest performing arts center in the United States after Broadway.


"Leave it to Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger to come up with a resource that allows kids to be the diverse group of individuals they can and want to be-and at the same time paves a route for them to meet the Common Core Standards. . . . I really wish I had written this resource. Having read it, it is tough not to be jealous." -- Stephanie Harvey, Coauthor of Strategies That Work, Second Edition
"High-Impact Writing Clinics is a unique, practical, clever, and just-right-for-the-times resource. Poetry is an integral part of the Common Core Standards. And just in time, here comes a truly easy-to-use resource, with all the connections made, lessons provided, ready-to-use slides, and texts included. If you can turn on PowerPoint, you can teach these lessons!" -- Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Coauthor of The Best-Kept Teaching Secret
"Is poetry relevant in this era of Common Core? Absolutely! Anyone who doubts this needs to pick up this remarkable book by Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger, who show how poetry is not only relevant but an engaging way for students to meet these rigorous standards. . . . Sara and Michael show students (and their teachers) the power of imagination and observation, even as they read closely and work to meet the standards." -- Stevi Quate, Independent Consultant and Staff Developer
"I highly recommend this resource for all teachers. In addition to showing how each lesson addresses the CCSS, Sara and Michael demystify poetry writing for students of all ages. This book also includes poems that exemplify, extend, and reinforce each lesson. Using High-Impact Writing Clinics is like having Sara and Michael as enthusiastic co-teachers in your own classroom." -- Beverly Ann Chin, Ph.D., Director

"As I read High-Impact Writing Clinics, I felt as though I had been transported back to my own classroom with two amazing poets in residence. Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger give teachers and writers the tools to make the world stand still so we can capture a moment in words. The lessons and original poems bring writers to the sights and sounds that are at the heart of a real writing workshop."
-- Janet Allen, Author of Plugged Into Reading

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